The Villadiego Village

Villadiego contains several interesting buildings in its narrow and winding streets, which are good examples of its medieval structure. The Major Square is the centre of the village, a typical square of Castile with double arcades.

Only one of the medieval doors of the village is still in place today. Called Arco de la Carcel (Jail Arc), it is now the pictorial museum of Villadiego. Next to it, two typical houses have been restored as an ethnographic museum. The ancient jewish quarter occupied the place where it is currently located the San Miguel de los Ángeles’s monastery.

Several renaissance houses can be found in Los Mártires Square, such as the Velasco´s palace, from the XVI century. Other buildings of interest are: the Casa de los Borja, the San Juan hospital, the Cátedra de Latinidad and the Liceo.

There are two churches in Villadiego. The Romanesque church of San Lorenzo houses the Sacred Art Museum. The Santa María church is a late gothic church. Outside the village, one can find the little hermitage of the Holy Crist, built at the end of the fifteenth century.

The banks of the Jarama and Brullés rivers are the perfect place to wander and enjoy nature.

The Villadiego Municipality

Villadiego is the biggest municipality of the province. It has an area of 328 square kilometers. It is a wide territory with cereals fields, moors, the banks of the Brullés and Odra rivers and the singular type of relief of Las Loras.

The northern part of this territory has a particular type of relief called “inverted”, because what they are now mountains, they were valleys. These mountains have been important human settlements in the past.

The southern part of the municipality combines moors and cereals lands. The Brullés and Odra rivers flow north-south along the region.

Occupying a transitional area between the oriental part of the Cantabrian Mountains and the Duero River, the Villadiego’s municipality has remains of settlements from the Iron Age.

The Villadiego village still maintains part of the old city walls and doors, apart from its medieval structure, with narrow and winding streets. Some of the most important buildings here are the Velasco’s palace, the churches of San Lorenzo and Santa María and the San Miguel de los Angeles monastery. The Major Square is the centre of the city and it is a typical arcaded square.

The Villadiego’s municipality has 30 villages, some of them with interesting monuments. Iron Age Settlements have been found near Acedillo and Fuencivil. Roman villas can be found in Villanoño and Villavedón.

The Romanesque Art is one of the most important artistic styles in the municipality. One can find good examples of this art in Arenillas, Boada, Villaibado, Villanoño and Villaute.

Medieval towers can be found in Arenillas, Olmos de la Picaza, Villanoño and Villaute. All of them have been declared Historic Monuments. Ancestral houses can be seen in Bustillo, Rioparaíso, Sandoval, Villahizán and Villanueva de Odra.