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Velasco's mountain and the towns of the coast




































































Hiking for an area of the province that is ideal for the rest and the view of the nature. In the area they can be carried out cavalcades, hiking and fishing


The coast riojana is formed by a series of silent towns, surrounded of pines, walnuts and poplars that hide dozens of located houses to the foot of the Velasco's mountains. The region possesses an ideal microclimate to be devoted to the rest and the view of the nature. The activities that offers the place include cavalcades, trekking for the mountains and fishing of trouts in the streams of the gulches. At the end of the circuit, Santa Vera's town Cruz possesses a strange stone castle and cement that it submerges us in a story of fairies.

The Costa

Our trip begins in the serpentine curves of the Velasco's Faldeo, for the Route Pcial. Nº 75. We are in the area of The well-known Rioja as The Costa. To the vera of the route they expand small plains covered with yellowish jarillas, with a bottom of mountainous cords.

At the beginning of the journey they appear a series of misplaced towns amid swims her, sunk in an absolute silence. The villages are hardly some how many adobe housings with straw roof, of abandoned aspect that in general are in front of a chapel, sometimes also of adobe. The vegetation between a town and another is hardly a stocky grove where the cardones stands out, those cactus giants that you/they rise toward the sky like accusing fingers.

Thanks to their landscapes and to their privileged climate, The Costa has become a region tourist ideal for the rest. Most of the towns have around eight hundred inhabitants, and there are cases like Santa Vera Cruz that doesn't overcome the hundred thirty stable residents.

The houses are separate some of others for extensive plantations of walnuts and olive trees that form an ideal microclimate in these places semi-desérticos (most of the residents of the area live off the cultivation of these especímeneses and of the breeding of goats). In some towns they are also modern weekend houses and of I vacation that belong to people of the capital riojana. These people usually settle here during the summer to enjoy the trekking and cavalcades for the mountains, but for on all the things they delight with the silence and the tranquility that it reigns during the whole year.

The towns

The Rocks are the first town of the coast riojana, to 55 kilometers of the capital. They compose it a series of houses among enormous granite crags. Many visitors come closer especially to this place in the month of January to attend the festival of the quesillo that is carried out every year. To the side of the route San Rafael 's Church rises, built with the obtained money of the charity of the travelers.

After crossing the town of White Waters , we arrive to you Puncture. There, the excuse is to visit the house of Mrs. Freshness, to rural acquaintance that carries out in handmade form the best tapestries in the region.

When arriving to Chuquis we dive in the history of The Rioja with the visit to Pedro's museum Ignacio of Castro Acne.

The town that continues him is Aminga, the head of the department Castro Acne. Aminga is an ideal place to go with children: in the ecological farm of the town they can milk cows, among other activities of rural tourism.

 Nuestro travels it continues until the town of Anillaco , the only town with some indications of courtesy. Contrary to the other towns, all their streets are asphalted, it possesses a hostel and a hotel, besides comfortable houses belonging to people of high class of the county and of the domestic rest. When traveling Anillaco should visit one another the hatchery of fish. There are also very good business of sale of regional products.

To some five kilometers of Anillaco is The Mills whose main square still preserve the remains of two floury mills of the XVIII century, installed by the Spaniards. When traveling the picturesque alleys of earth of the town it is enjoyed the generous shade of the almond trees, plum trees, walnuts and quinces that also lavish abundant fruit for the production of sweet in time of summer handmade.

A silence absolute queen for all the corners of The Mills. However, once a year the serenity of the town breaks when its streets are invaded by riojanos thousands that arrive every month of February for the Festival of The Square.




Anjullón, as all the other towns of The Costa riojana, lacks night life I save in the festivals or the guitarreadas that arm in the camping site Condor Cradle in the summer nights. Here the watchword is very simple and intimista: to surrender to the serenity and the view of the nature, trying to syntonize with the rhythm of the rustic life of the coastal ones.

Leaving Anjullón behind traffics an on the way to ascents and slopes that comes closer more and more to the mountain. To this height the cactus already conforms a multitude that seems to get off the hill in procession. The road takes us directly until San Pedro's towns and Santa Vera Cruz, the last town of The Costa riojana.


The town of the castle


When arriving to Santa Vera Cruz the first thing that is perceived it is a silent atmosphere with aroma to green. The town is surrounded of walnuts, poplars, small streams, and for on all the things, a deep greenery that advances for all the turns. The houses are very spaced some of other, with extensive gardens ahead and to the sides. The exuberance of the flowers seems to be the element common of the decoration in this town: white bells, lilacs and violets; rosy chrysanthemums and fuchsias, and quantities of hydrangeas and dahlias.

And half of a great valley, the town spreads without more symmetries through earth callecitas that ascend and they go down to the whim of the waves of the land.

Santa Vera's spine Cruz is the main road. and the only one paved. that railway tie the tip town to tip. All the other ones are earth paths with tunnels of trees that finish to the foot of the mountain.

Ascending down the street main we arrive at the square of the town covered by a colorful garden of flowers and trees. To the front the Church rises, built entirely of stone for the own inhabitants of the town.

The town has a little more than hundred twenty inhabitants that possess people's characteristic kindness that lives separated from the urban centers. Here it can be carried out walks to the side of the channel that gets off the gulch as a toboggan of water torrentosa. In the itinerary, walnuts and cardones in flower, with the background Velasco's hill, they compose a perfect postcard of The Rioja.

The best option is to travel the town first and to finish the visit with the purchase of nuts and came cooked, a variety of handmade wine that is carried out with the juice of the boiled grape and concentrated.

A trip to Santa Cruz is completed with the visit to the castle of Dionisio Aizcorbe , an octogenarian hermit originating of the county of Santa Faith . It arrived more than eighteen years ago to this paradise riojano in search of peace and silence. Their white hair surpasses the shoulders, and a leafy beard faded by the step of the years extends until the chest. The puckered frown, the sharp look, their clear and leisurely voice, they reveal the profile of a man that assumed a project of different life. Dionisio inhabits a castle built by him same that has become in one of the main attractiveness of the place.

This matter habitation rises to the foot of the hills, in Santa Cruz 's outskirts, surrounded of poplars, sallows, walnuts and cardones that cover of white, yellow and red flowers in the days of rain. On the castle the watering channels that get off the Velasco's mountains run.

The stranger's strength construction is in a rectangular way, made of cement and stone seven meters wide and five of high. When arriving to the place, the first thing that gets the attention is the access door. It is a hall door of lined iron with cement and in the superior arch there is a legend that prays": Homage to Vincent Van Gogh." Above her there are some colored mill crosses of yellow color, orange and ocher, similar to the mills that inspired Van Gogh.

After crossing the main hall door we end in a small garden with different sculptures. Of the right side it is the buda figure next to other oriental sculptures.

To the front, the representation of the via crucis. This access continues for a passageway of columns, finished off in the roof by a sculpture of a Viking ship that leads us until the entrance door to the castle.

All the external walls of the house of Dionisio are covered for different sculptures, and one of the facades has carved a series of drawings with form of masks of red, black and white color with African reminiscences.

The interior rooms are reduced spaces whose doors and windows have an asymmetric form, and some of them possess harmonious vitraux.

Dionisio lives completely alone in the labyrinths of its castle, where inhabits as if a goblin that escaped from a story of fairies was. But in definitive it is only a man that aspires to a different and free world that cheers up to build their castle. strange but not of sand. and to conquer the reality of to dream.

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