Sierra de la Demanda

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The Sierra de la Demanda belongs to the north-western part of the Iberian Mountains .
View over the Sierra de la Demanda; in the background the summit of San Lorenzo

The Sierra de la Demanda is part of the Iberian Mountains and an administrative unit ( comarca ) on the borders of the northern Spanish provinces of Burgos , La Rioja and Soria . The subgroup of the Montes de Ayago rises up on its north side ; they are separated from the highest peaks of the Sierra de la Demanda by the Tirón river .

The Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) touches the north of the mountains south of Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Belorado .

Highest peaks

  • Pico San Lorenzo (2271 m)
  • Pico San Millán (2131 m)
  • Pico de la Mencilla (1932 m)


Several rivers and streams have their source in the Sierra de la Demanda - the most important are:

Ebro → Mediterranean
Duero → Atlantic


Around 9,000 people live in the approx. 1000 m high villages in the mountain region, which belongs to the poorly populated Serranía Celtibérica - most of them, however, in the outlying communities Salas de los Infantes (around 1,950), Belorado (around 1,800) and Pradoluengo (1,150) in the province of Burgos; The communities of Ezcaray , Santo Domingo de la Calzada and San Millán de la Cogolla in the La Rioja region also belong to the Sierra de la Demanda in a broader sense. The core area of ​​the Sierra, however, is only extremely sparsely populated; several smaller towns and hamlets (pedanías) have already been abandoned ( despoblados ) .


Skiing and hiking

The Valdezcaray and Valle del Sol ski stations are located on the slopes of San Lorenzo . Other parts of the mountain range are good for hikes of varying degrees of difficulty.


In the south of the Sierra de la Demanda , the early and high medieval rock tombs of Quintanar de la Sierra , Duruelo de la Sierra and Palacios de la Sierra are of cultural and historical interest. The Romanesque churches are also among the attractions of the mountain region; to be mentioned are primarily the churches of Jaramillo de la Fuente , Vizcaínos de la Sierra , Pineda de la Sierra , Riocavado de la Sierra , San Millán de Lara and others. a.


Some scenes from the spaghetti westernTwo glorious scoundrels(The good, the bad and the ugly) directed by Sergio Leone (1966) were shot in the Sierra de la Demanda area.

See also

Web links

Commons : Sierra de la Demanda  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Pico San Lorenzo
  2. ^ Pico San Millán
  3. Pico de la Mencilla

Coordinates: 42 ° 13 ′  N , 3 ° 0 ′  W