Burgos orbaneja del castillo

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Burgos orbaneja del castillo

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Today we approach one of the most picturesque villages in the province of Burgos, Orbaneja del Castillo, located in the Sedano Valley and declared a Historic-Artistic Site. Formed by its urban layout and the beautiful waterfall that passes through the village in its fall into the Ebro River.

Leaving from Burgos city you must follow the N-623 to Escalada, where the BU-643 road starts and from there it is only 5 kilometers to Orbaneja del Castillo. Only the residents of Orbaneja del Castillo can park their vehicles in the town center, but there are three parking lots for tourists at the entrance.

The best time to visit Orbaneja del Castillo is during spring and summer, although it is better to do it during the week, since on weekends the town will be crowded and you will have to get up very early in the morning to visit the town quietly. Do not forget to book well in advance, as it is a very popular destination in Burgos.

In the village of Orbaneja del Castillo, Mozarabs, Christians and Jews lived together. Of the Jewish presence only the memory remains in some of its street names. On this site the Knights Templar built the Convent and Hospital of San Albín, in charge of offering shelter and protection to pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago along the French route.

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Orbaneja del Castillo is one of the most picturesque villages in the north of the province of Burgos. Also one of the most visited, especially when the rains load with water the spectacular waterfall that falls from the top of the town. A luxury of landscape and scenery that deserves to be traveled calmly. Remember that booking your accommodation through SIEMPRE DE PASO helps me to generate free quality content for this blog.

But Orbaneja is spectacular not only for its waterfall, which jumps down from the farmhouse to the road, but also for several other reasons. For example, for the Cueva del Agua, which presides over the village and channels the torrent that will eventually become, almost from its source, the Orbaneja waterfall.

Also by the amazing cliffs that preside over the stamp of the hamlet from the upper edge of the moor. Like toothless natural towers, they form a rickety rocky wall a thousand times shaped by the whims of the wind and the waters. There are those who link the toponym of the village with a supposed castle of which these shreds would be its remains. Others, more poetic, have given a name to the great hole drilled between two rocky millstones that, also at the top of the moor, can be seen from almost everywhere in Orbaneja: El Beso de los Camellos (the Camels’ Kiss).

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And what a waterfall! Orbaneja is among the best waterfall tourism destinations (if there is such a category). It is a photogenic beauty that you can’t stop taking pictures of. The murmur of the water is constant. The locals must have already internalized it, but whoever arrives for the first time may feel a little dazed at first.

Its urban center, declared a Historic-Artistic Site since 1993, is formed by a network of narrow medieval streets that climb the hillside, all tile, stone and wooden balconies, divided into two parts by the stream that becomes a waterfall.

With the rains or the thaw, the water, which leaps everywhere in its descent along a 25-meter drop, splits the village in two halves. To see the waterfall at its peak, it is best to do so in early spring.

Above all, don’t make the mistake of asking at the tourist office where the castle is. There isn’t one. Although that does not mean that Orbaneja lacks defenses, but theirs are much more natural. It will be enough to go to the Cueva del Agua and spend some time at its viewpoint: from there you can contemplate in all its splendor the karst formations that give the town its name.

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It was an alternative route to the so-called French route, which passed through San Martín de Elines and Santa María de Cervatos. Also, the Catholic Monarchs granted this distinguished village the title of Villa, so its inhabitants were exempted from paying taxes.

Its crystalline waters flow at the base of the Cueva del Agua, a cavern that opens in the rocky cliff that presides over the village, and divides it into two parts: Villa and Puebla, completely conditioning the life of its people.

At present, the cave can be visited with a guide and you can walk a long way inside it. Although there is no water in the cave, you can hear the sound of the nearby water echoing off the walls.

In the past, this water used to move the stones of five flour mills distributed around the side of the cave, of which there are still remains today. Its waters plunge some 20 meters towards the Ebro, breaking up into foam over crystal-clear pools of water.

The place, known as the Eras de Orbaneja del Castillo, has a series of stone huts. These constructions, of circular or square plan, built in limestone masonry and with false vaulted roofs, constitute one of the most interesting sets of popular architecture of the province of Burgos. They were used as granaries and shelters in case of storms.