Valbuena de Duero
Ayuntamiento de Valbuena de Duero
Plaza Generalísimo, nº 1
09462 Valbuena de Duero (Valladolid)
Teléfono: (+34) 983 68 30 38
Valbuena de Duero is a municipality in the province of Valladolid located 40 km from the capital and about 190 km from Madrid.
The original population settlement dates from the calcolytic stage, being located in the town of Valbuena de Duero. Later, in the municipality there are vestiges of settlements of the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, Romans, Visigoths and medieval. Among them, stands out the Roman settlement, around the hermitage of San Martín in the western part of the town of Valbuena de Duero. The historical data on the Villa de Valbuena date back to the donation of the place made by Queen Doña Urraca to the Countess Estefanía, daughter of Count Armengol, and that she in turn gave it to the Queen in 1143. The village is close to the Cistercian monastery of Santa María de Valbuena, located in the district of San Bernardo and built in the sixties as a settlement town.
Located in the heart of the Ribera de Duero and with international renown, derived from the relevance of its wines, Valbuena de Duero, next to San Bernardo, constitute a homogeneous environment, delimited by a set of routes, which has come to be called the "Ring of the Duero". These routes are found vertebrate by the River Duero, that together with the rest of natural elements, give shape to the impressive landscapes that coexist in their territory, characterized by their diversity and their dynamism, varying substantially depending on the season of the year in which we are.
The environment is composed of a wide variety of oenological, cultural and natural resources with great attractiveness, both for residents and visitors, which has been energized by an incipient tourist offer, these resources favour the realization of different activities such as trekking (such as stage 12 of the Senda del Duero GR-14 that goes from Peñafiel to Quintanilla de Onésimo), running, animal and plant species observation or astronomical observation.
Among its most significant patrimonial manifestations we can highlight the rehabilitated Church of Our Lady of the Castle, the arch that gave entrance to the old wall, the extraordinary natural site of the island, the different existing routes and the own wineries that the municipality of Valbuena de Duero has. Special mention must be made of the Monastery of Santa María de Valbuena, located in San Bernardo, an example of Cistercian architecture; its church preserves the primitive aspect devoid of ornamentation, has a beautiful courtyard with two Gothic-Renaissance orders, one from the 12th century and another from the 18th century. Declared an "Asset of Cultural Interest", it is the permanent headquarters of the Foundation of the Age of Man, at the same time that it houses a five-star spa hotel.
The rich historical evolution of the municipality and the maintenance of its traditions, as well as its socio-economic development, has facilitated that the sociocultural dynamism of Valbuena de Duero has increased substantially in recent years, together with the development of different events, such as:
- San Sebastián: it is celebrated on the Saturday closest to the 20 of January. Traditional festivity that years ago had renown throughout the region. At present, the most important activities are the mass and the night dance, accompanied by popular activities that take place in the afternoon.
- Quintos: Holy Saturday. Festivity organized by the local youth collective, which aims to recall the old celebrations of quintos, serving as a link with the population of the rest of the environment.
- Medieval Fair in Nature: weekend before or after July 25, Santiago day. Event made up of different activities, taking on special relevance the Medieval Market that takes place.
- Festivities of Our Lady of The Assumption and Saint Roque: On 15 and 16 August religious celebrations (masses and processions) are held in honor of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and San Roque. The main activity is El Carro de Leña, whose origins are established in the seventeenth century, in the time of the plague, with the aim of burning a juniper wood cart, in the middle of the equator of August (at a time when falling temperatures made the human body more vulnerable to disease), the smoke of which would come down and purify the air from potential infections.
- Triathlon Bodegas de Valbuena and San Bernardo: Third or fourth Saturday of September. The Federation of Triathlon of Castilla y León and the Town Council of Valbuena de Duero, organize this event, promoted to promote wine as food and its responsible consumption compatible with healthy habits, as are all those linked to the practice of sport.
- Festivities of Our Lady of the Rosary: Weekend in which the first Sunday of October is included. Festivity in honor of the Patroness of the municipality.
Gentilium of Valbuena de Duero: valisbolenses
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