There are lots of things to do in Valdegovia. The biggest attraction has to be the countryside and the natural environment. Either go your own way and discover for yourself this beautiful place or, if you prefer, take advantage of one of the many local business' that offer guided walks and tours.
Walking: Valdegovia offers some fantastic walking throughout the whole area on paths and tracks of different difficulties. The national walking route GR1, part of the Camino de Santiago, follows through the valley east to west. In Valdegovia the Camino goes from Fontecha to Arreo and then from Arreo to Salinas de Anana. It then goes through the valley itself, where the path takes in Angosto, going on to Valpuesta and then as far as Boveda. This ancient route allows you to discover all of the valley.
Places of Natural Beauty: The Natural Park of Valderejo, situated at the western end of the Valdegovia valley, offers an amazing range of different habitats and a unique variety of flora and fauna. Around every corner is a new suprise. The Rio Puron gorge is the most popular walk within the park. The park has recently been extended to include the Obarenes Mountains, one of the most interesting places of natural beauty in Castilla y Leon. These are situated close to the village of San Zadornil.
Recently, the other most visited site has been the gorge in the park of Monte Santiago, a natural momument, close to the source of the River Nervion. The two viewing platforms offer spectacular and breathtaking views towards Orduna and the valley of Abando.
Historic Buildings and Sites: There are also visits to many historic buildings and sites that you can make. Visit the Torre Varona and you will discover the history of the tower and the Varona family who lived there from medieval times to modern day. The next visit you should take is to the salt pans at Salinas de Anana, where the old ways of making salt are being revived and you can see how salt was made in the traditional way. A third visit is to the Museo de Aqua in Sobron situated in the beautiful area of the Cuadrilla de Anana. In the museum you will be able to reflect on the importance of water in the development of the natural world and our daily lives.
Tourist Activities: If you like to get your hands dirty and it's action that you want, then you can find lots of interesting outdoor activities to do. In Sobron there is a multiadventure park for both children and adults including: canoes, high level walkways, paintballing, rock climbing and much more. The centre caters especailly for families and schools. There is a horse riding school in Villamaderne which organises rides through Valdegovia - from short rides through to ones which take several days and stop overnight at agroturismos in the area. The campsite at Camping de Angosto also organises various activities and walks. It is the official BTT centre (Mountain Bike Centre) in the area and can offer a range of resources and information for cyclists including maps with routes for mountain bikes. If you prefer to discover the mountains in a 4X4 then there is a company that offers excursions from Tuesta.
Fairs and Festivals: There are two fairs in Valdegovia that attract many visitors who can enjoy exhibitions, displays and sales of farm products, farm machinery, handmade crafts and home produced food, such as cheeses and meats. There are also displays of traditional rural sports and pelota, the local game of squash played with only the hands. The Potato Festival is celebrated in the middle of February and, as the name suggests, is centred on the importance of the potato locally, with different varities of both edible and seed potatoes. The Angosto Fair is celebrated each year on the first Sunday of September at the Sanctuary of Angosto and concentrates on the work of local craftsmen.
Valdegovia and the surrounding area has many quality leisure activities to offer. Visits to some of the most interesting tourist sites can be arranged directly by contacting the respective organisations (as shown below). Others visits, like the hermitages, churches and sites and buildings, can be arranged through the Tourist Office and many others through the relevant business' or simply on your own. You will able to find a lot of information on this website or on the websites given below:
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01426 Villanueva de Valdegovía (Álava)
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