Tramacastilla de Tena
Nestled into the sunny mountainside that overlooks the valley, this little village at a height of 1,224 is hidden among hillocks of pine trees, oak and prairies.
The views from the Santa Marina hill are unbeatable.
On the horizon high and rugged are the ridges of the Peña Telera and the Peña Blanca and down below the aquamarine Búbal reservoir. The houses bathed in sunlight have noble history and are overflowing with flowers from windows and balconies. The Romanesque church dates back to the 12th century and houses a Renaissance retable painting from the 16th century dedicated to St. Martin.
Special mention must be made if its local festivals, traditions handed down through the years, for instance the “ronda” which involves a musical parade visiting each house in turn, dancing using sticks to beat the rhythm and toasting the hosts and the visitors alike. A lot of food and drink is passed around! In fact gastronomy is synonymous with Tramacastilla trying the local breadcrumb dish is a must.
Sports and leisure: Bike hire and horse riding
Excursions on a tourist train.
Popular excursions and walks: To Tramacastilla reservoir, Punto Cochata, Betato-Piedrafita Woods, to Sandiniés, to Escarrilla, tourist train to Escarra reservoir.
Viewing points: La Cruceta
Architecture Route: St. Martin's church 16thC. Traditional homes, stone cut shields, archways and portals.
Local Festivals: The Virgin of the Rosary the first weekend of October.