Para completar el fin de semana nos fuimos a Cantabria el domingo
To complete a good weekend we went to Cantabria on Sunday
Today, we are going back in time to the Middle Ages
Let's visit the Argüeso Castle.. Although Alejandra and I had been here before, it is always a pleasure share our favourites places with such good friends like Enrique and Tere.
They are the kind of people who are interested in history and culture so we knew they would be pleased visiting this impressive Castle.
In Northern Spain, there are only a few Castles, in part because it was more usual that the nobles lived in fortified houses and in part because many of them have disappeared
This one dates from the final part of the Feudal Age XIV Century. It was owned by the Mendoza family. It saw many struggles against other family called the Manriques
The place was not aimed to fight against Mohamedans because at that time they were further south, nor it was designed to protect against the Vikings invasions because it is located far from the shore, its purpose was to protect the trade of cattle
Nearby is the mountain pass called Palombera through it the cattle passed from the inland to the coast. It is called transhumance (migratory herding) and this practice still remains in many places in Spain.
And that was what gave the lord of the Castle his power and wealth
The Castle has been repaired following the tradition of the carpenters of the Middle Ages. They have used the technics that was common at that time which makes the place more authentic
There are only a few objects related to the period and for the most part, the building shows an empty look but still, it is great to visit all the rooms
After the visit, we went to the source of the River Ebro
And thus we finished another great day out