It was dawning on Saturday with sun and a perfect temperature for the hundreds of people who wanted to participate in the different activities proposed by the Diputación de Segovia, through Prodestur, for the IV Tourism Weekend.
The initiative, whose first day of this fourth edition began today around 10 Saturday: 30 hours in the morning, proposed from the beginning a selection of activities of which the most demanded was the 'Route of color'; an excursion through the yellow, red and black villages of the Sierra that was also signed by the president of the provincial institution, Miguel Ángel de Vicente. This, along with more than two hundred people from different municipalities of the province and some deputies, such as the head of Prodestur, Magdalena Rodríguez, was discovering throughout the morning the beauty of Martín Muñoz de Ayllón (yellow), Villacorta, Madriguera (red) and El Muyo (black) and the reasons why they have acquired those peculiar colors that characterize them and that reside in the quartzites of the construction of some walls, in the ferrous compounds and the clayey earth or in the Slate used in the architecture of some buildings. In addition, and thanks to the collaboration of the City Council of Riaza and the Bishopric, which has opened the churches of the municipalities visited, the day also acquired nuances of heritage and cultural tourism.
In the opinion of Miguel Ángel de Vicente, "these municipalities deserve to be, at least, known to all who inhabit this province. And that we have dealt with the Tourism Weekend on this occasion: to value the northeast area of the province, which offers a multitude of active, heritage or religious tourism activities, in addition to that color route, which forms a special offer that not all territories can boast. "
Simultaneously to this activity, the IV Tourism Weekend proposed to another thirty people to carry out a hiking route along the path of Los Molinos that ended with the best taste in the mouth: that of blueberries, raspberries, the blackberries and currants of the Berry Good company, whose facilities in Riofrío de Riaza were visited. Before taking the prize to their mouths, participants in this activity discovered the ruins of the Old Mill, crossed the Peña Blanca stream or enjoyed the spectacular views of the valley.
Finally, about twenty people opted for the third proposed route; a horse route guided by the riders of La Vereda and Yeguada Riaza, who divided their paths along the Southeast Route and the foothills of the Sierra de Ayllón, to join later in the hermitage of Hontanares, where all the participants in these Proposed routes met to take a snack offered by the town hall of Riaza, learn about the curiosities about the temple and the different legends that are written about the virgin of Hontanares and recover strength to climb to the Mirador de Piedras Llanas to contemplate the views.
Once back to Riaza, many were those who shared a table and tablecloth around a stew, typical dish of the Sierra, which was enlivened by the Los Soplaos charanga and that served to face the planned activities for the afternoon with a full stomach: a tourist visit to the town, an exhibition of jacks and dances and another exhibition of dressage and horse jumping.
The IV Tourism Weekend will continue tomorrow with a day that, starting at the same time as Saturday, will propose the realization of a hiking route through the Hayedo de la Pedrosa, the visit to the ski resort of La Pinilla , the participation in a wine and cheese tasting at 1.800 meters high and the tasting of a popular paella.
As it happened today with great acceptance among Riazan and visitors, in the municipality of Riaza itself, throughout the whole day of Sunday you can continue visiting the fair of handicrafts and food and wine products, in the same way that the walks will continue in buggy, pony rides and activities in the playground.