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Sierra de la Demanda and Sierra de Urbión

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Sierra de la Demanda and Sierra de Urbión

Sierra de la Demanda y de Urbión

La Sierra de la Demanda, the roof of La Rioja, has two curious characteristics. Firstly, it contains the highest peak in the region, the majestic San Lorenzo which stands 2,260 metres above sea level and contains the modern Valdezcaray ski resort.  And secondly, Gatón Peak contains the source of the River Oja, after which the region is named.

Nearby, La Sierra de Urbión marks the border between Burgos and Soria in a mosaic of wild pines, waterfalls and glacial circs. Also called Picos de Urbión, the peaks contain a series of impressive, deep blue lakes, such as La Laguna de Urbión. 

Located on the southwest border of La Rioja, La Demanda is covered in beech and oak groves that overlook the lively town of Ezcaray and its charming villages. Don’t miss the holly wood in Valgañón. The Alto Oja forms beautiful waterfalls in the so-called Llano de la Casa. On its southern side, surrounded by wild pines, the River Najerilla winds its way along, flanked by pedunculate oaks, ashes, maples and hazels.

A good example of a mixed forest containing all the species present in La Rioja is located in Roñas Valley, between the towns of Anguiano and Brieva de Cameros. All the trees in the region in a single forest! Eagles fly over La Demanda and Los Picos de Urbión watching over the wild pines, beech groves and conifer forests.

Get ready to see eaglets, falcons, horned owls and elusive grey partridges. You can also fly in a paraglider or hang glider from the top of San Lorenzo. 

There are also many ideal places for climbing near Anguiano - conglomerates such as Peña Reloj and Peña de San Torcuato in Ezcaray, where a number of protected bird species are reared. 

Come and see the birds in Peña de Tobía and Peña Matute by walking the GR.93. The path, which leaves from Ezcaray, passes through San Millán de la Cogolla, where you simply must stop to visit the Yuso and Suso monasteries, the birthplace of Castilian Spanish.

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