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Mirador de la Lora and Astronomical Observatory

Five unusual places to visit this weekend

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Five Unusual Places To Visit This Weekend.

From Burgos capital, two routes leave towards the north of the province to Cantabria, the N-623 and the N-627. The first is the protagonist of a promotional campaign by the Provincial Council and is dotted with spectacular landscapes near the Ebro.

If we choose the second, the Aguilar de Campoo road, we will enter the Las Loras region, converted into a Geopark by Unesco, which shows the uniqueness of the landscapes we will travel. The order does not matter, and it is not necessary or advisable to visit them all in a weekend. It is better to savor them in advance.

These five destinations that we propose are only a part of the treasures that the region contains. Although they deserve to appear among the best attractions of Burgos, they are less traveled than other more renowned points of the province, so they are perfect for a weekend excursion. A week with the family without crowds of the public. The geotourism paradise .

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Mirador de la Lora and Astronomical Observatory 

Mirador de la Lora and Astronomical Observatory

Taking a little step to the other side of the northern border of Burgos with Palencia, we find a fabulous balcony overlooking the La Lora moor with spectacular views: the La Lora viewpoint. Nearby is the astronomical observatory of Cantabria that takes advantage of the absence of light pollution and the vast open space to raise the view to the sky. It is a stone’s throw from Sargentes de la Lora.

Parapet of death

We find it in the vicinity of Sargent’s de la Lora, and it is part of one of the routes of the town distributed by its amazing geography that with a circular route takes us from the Petroleum Museum to the La Cabana d oilmen. It is also included in an interpretive trail of the effects of the Spanish civil war in the area. The parapet is a good-sized defensive construction erected on the so-called Cantabrigian front and a set of trenches still visible.  

Parapet of death
Parapet of death

The Roblencina of Montorio

A pretext to get closer to the majestic forests of the town and the neighboring towns of Coculina and Acedillo, populated by red oak, gall oaks, and holm oaks in excellent condition that are habitat for a multitude of birds, wildcats, roe deer, wild boar or badgers. This curious specimen with such a peculiar name appears in the catalog of singular trees in Burgos. You are on the way to the hermitage of Montorio after a short walk. From the town of Montorio, there are marked routes to explore the area.   


Urbel Castle and La Mesa

It is not a large construction, nor did it house any royal court, but it is located in one of the most photogenic places in the province. The castle and the hill on which it stands present a picture of a postcard, but its proximity to La Mesa, one of the twelve parrots in the geopark, multiply that effect. The more walkers can choose to walk around the area of ​​La Mesa, which will take at least three hours, or shorten in the middle and reach the Recorva spring to enjoy the views of the castle and the valley of the Rebel river. A tour for lovers of photography and the grandeur of these Burgos steppes. Of course, you have to prepare the route well to avoid surprises.

La Coladera waterfall 

Another hidden corner of singular beauty. The region of Las Loras contains some magical waterfalls, such as this waterfall of the Collateral in Hoyos del Tozo. If we are passionate about these water slides, Burgos is the best possible territory to collect unrepeatable moments next to the murmur of the water. Also in the region of Las Loras is the Villaescobedo waterfall, and in the Rudrón river, we will find the Tubilla del Agua waterfalls.

Bonus: three essential stops

Without leaving Sargentes is the La Cabaña dolmen, one of the most spectacular that can be visited in terms of megalithic constructions. It has no loss.

Nearby is a unique museum in all of Spain: the oil museum. The Burgos Lora has been for decades the only corner of the country with an oil field in operation. The horses no longer extract crude from the bowels of the earth, but the museum explains perfectly how the process is. In addition, the crude oil extractor horses can be seen in situ.