Alcubilla de Marqués
At 11 kilometers from San Esteban de Gormaz, towards Soria we find this town settled under a peculiar conical hill drilled by numerous wineries, so it is considered as the starting point for the cultivation of vineyards belonging to the designation of origin Ribera del Duero.
According to historical references, a fortification of Muslim origin was erected on the conical hill of Alcubilla, from which no trace remains. The town is a Cidian place, because after crossing Alcubilla del Marqués, the Cid and its hosts entered the "no man’s land", a border area between Christians and Muslims under the influence of the King of Castile Alfonso VI. The truth is that El Cantar del Mío Cid, points to Alcubilla del Marqués as the end of Castile, although in practice the Castilian influence extended much further south.
In Alcubilla del Marqués we can find:
- Ethnographic Museum: Housed since 1981, in the building of the old Town Hall. It consists of two general sections. On the ground floor are the farming tools and the tools for making wine and bread. On the first floor there is a living room with a desk and antique books, as well as other rural rooms: bedroom, dining room and kitchen. It collects household documents, kitchen furniture and tools related to the area’s ancient crafts, farm work and wine making.
- Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción: a temple rebuilt in Gothic style although it was Romanesque in its origins. Inside it keeps an interesting gothic altarpiece with paintings and the image of a virgin known as De la Piedra, because it prays the tradition that was found on a stone in the nearby place of El Cerro.
- Wineries in El Cerro: This place, of a characteristic conical elevation next to the village, is completely drilled and occupied by wineries and wineries. In its term begins the cultivation of the vineyard belonging to the designation of origin Ribera del Duero. It seems that a fortification of Muslim origin was erected on this hill, which could have been destroyed during the raids carried out by Abderramán III at the end of the tenth century.
In addition to cultural heritage, hiking has a place in this municipality of Soriano. The Cidian Route passes through this town in its third stage, being Alcubilla the starting point until finishing in Gormaz.
Alcubilla del Marqués celebrates its patron saint festivities in honour of San Lorenzo on 25 and 26 August.
People from Alcubilla del Marqués: alcubillenses / alcubillanos.