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Ezcaray is a municipality in La Rioja, Spain. It is in the upper Oja Valley in the southeast of the autonomous region. The municipality's population is currently 2098, according to 2010 data from the Spanish national statistics institute. Tourists visiting the area increase the population from around 2,000 out of season to over 15,000 in summer. In addition to tourism, the area's main activity is the wood industry and there are factories producing furniture, chairs, clothes hangers and other wooden items.
-Location: It is part of the district of Santo Domingo. Ezcaray is in the far west of the Demanda Mountains along the upper part of the River Oja. The highest peak in the area is San Lorenzo, which is home to the Valdezcaray ski resort built in 1974. The resort will soon be rebuilt.
-Area:142.7 km2.
-Height: 813 metres.
-Populated areas, neighbourhoods or villages: Altuzarra, Ayabarrena, Azarrulla, Posadas, San Antón, Turza, Urdanta and Zaldierna.
-Economy: Activity here centres on livestock farming, forestry, handcrafted textiles, particularly blankets, furniture production and tourism, which has grown in recent years with hotels and holiday houses opening in Ezcaray and the surrounding villages.

Tourism resources:

Urban ensemble with colonnades, small squares with porticos and palaces. Torremuzquiz, del Ángel, etc. are among those that are better preserved and most beautiful in La Rioja. The Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara was established in 1752 and nowadays is a hostel of the Real Fábrica and headquarters for the City council. Bridges over the Oja River and walks along its river bank. Parish Church of Santa María la Mayor, dated 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. Built over the old Romanesque parish, it has a single nave with low chapels, transept and octagonal chancel. Portal with Mannerist triumphal arch. In the interior, the highlight is the beautiful 16th century Hispano-Flemish great reredos. It is also worth mentioning the images in which Hispano-Flemish elements are mixed with Renaissance elements. In the sacristy several jewels are kept. There is also a religious museum in the parish. Market on Saturdays.


Number of inhabitants: 2050
Local festivals: On 10 August, San Lorenzo. On 24 September, Virgen de Allende, patron saint of Ezcaray. On 21 March, San Benito. The arrival of spring is celebrated by giving out San Benito broad bean stew.
District: Sierra
Distance to the capital (Km): 65
Distances to other places (Km): Logroño: 59.5, Pamplona: 75.5, Soria: 81.3, Vitoria: 144, Zaragoza: 150, Burgos: 232
AEMET identifier: 26061

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