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Vinuesa - The town

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Vinuesa is probably the most representative town of the zone. It’s located at about 1100 meters above sea level and has almost 1000 inhabitants. It preserves all of its heritage composed of traditional houses and stone palaces. It also keeps alive local traditions such as “la pingada del mayo” or “la pinochada” which are nowadays a reference in the whole area.

The weather is a mixture between mediterranean and mountain weather. Average temperature is between 0.6º and 2.4º in winter and between 13.8º and 15.1º in summer. The frost period lasts for almost 8 months. The most rainy periods are spring and fall, snowfalls are frequent in winter.

The main attraction of the town is walking down its stone streets and discovering its ancient palaces and houses.

  • Pingada de mayo. Festivity of Vinuesa, Soria
    Pingada de mayo
    14th of August

    “Mayos” are pinetrees between 22 and 26 meters height which only have branches at their tops, two of them are chosen in the forest and taken to the main square of Vinuesa and to “La Soledad” square where the young men of the town raise them again using only their strength. The raising of both “mayos” means that the local festivities have already started.

  • Candles offering. Festivity of Vinuesa, Soria
    Candles offering.
    14th and 15th of August

    It’s a really emotive ceremony. A local woman escorted by musicians and people carrying torches offers a candle to “la Virgen del pino” and an ancient coin “peseta”, then the church choir sings a Salve Regina specially composed for this ceremony by Hilarión Eslava.

  • Pinochada. Festivity of Vinuesa, Soria
    Pinochada
    16th of August

    A ceremony emulating the fights between Vinuesa and the near town of Covaleda. It seems that the combat was stopped by the women of Vinuesa who attacked the men using pine branches as weapons. Over 300 women wearing traditional dresses walk around the “mayo” and after that start hitting men with pine branches.

  • San Pedro and San Pablo. Festivity of Vinuesa, Soria.
    San Pedro and San Pablo
    29th of June

    It takes place during the summer solstice and during the night a bonfire is set up.

  • Casa de los Ramos in Vinuesa, Soria
    Casa de los Ramos

    Built in 1778 and declared Heritage of Cultural Interest in 1996. It’s the most representative house of the local architectonic style.

  • Palacio de Pedro de Neyla en Vinuesa, Soria
    Palacio de Pedro de Neyla

    Built by D. Pedro de Neyla, archbishop of Palermo who was born in Vinuesa.It was built in the 17th centuryas a holiday palace and nowadays hosts the town school.

  • Palacio de los Vilueña en Vinuesa, Soria
    Palacio de los Vilueña

    Built in the 17th century and dressed with some elements of the 18th century architecture it was the Vilueña family house. It was recently renovated and now it works as a retirement home.

     

  • El Rollo o Picota en Vinuesa, Soria
    El Rollo o Picota.

    Stands in the homonymous square, by the main street. It’s a stone column given to the town by the king Carlos III in 1776 as a jurisdictional indicative. It was declared Heritage of Cultural Interest in 1963.

  • Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Pino en Vinuesa, Soria
    Nuestra Señora de Pino.

    Located over Revinuesa valley. It was finished in the 17th century, but it has gothic architecture elements. Its main altarpiece is one of the most impressive altarpieces in the province.

  • Las Ermitas en Vinuesa, Soria
    The hermitages

    In the surroundings of the town there are several chapels. They are plain buildings in which are still celebrated the pilgrimages they were built for.
    Ermita de la Soledad. It stands at the same square where one of the “mayos” is raised during the local main festivities.
    Ermita de San Antón. In the outskirts of the town, by Santa Inés track.
    Ermita de San Pedro. Where a ceremony takes place the 29th of June.
    Ermita de San Mateo. The closest one to the house, surrounded by centenary pines in an increadibly beautiful place.