Small town of less than 200 inhabitants is located in the northeast of the province of Segovia, andn a hollow on the banks of the Duratón River. This municipality stands out for its natural and cultural heritage.
About a third of the surface of Carrascal del Río is part of the Hoces del Río Duratón Natural Park, where the hermitage of San Frutos is located, which was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1931.
What to see
Hermitage of San Frutos
Sanctuary declared a Historical and Artistic Monument of Cultural Interest in 1931, it is also considered one of the oldest Romanesque temples south of the Duero. Located in a place of incomparable beauty, on one of the meanders that form the Hoces del río Duratón, is the place of the Natural Park that receives the most visits. The chapel is a Romanesque construction from the 12th century that was built on another Visigothic from the 7th century. The foundation is attributed to San Frutos (642-715) and his two brothers, San Valentín and Santa Engracia, who chose the place to dedicate themselves to the contemplative life. The church began construction in the 1093 year and was consecrated in the 1100 year. Since its initial construction has undergone several renovations to this day.
The access to the religious complex is through a small stone bridge built in 1757 that saves a crack, La Cuchillada. At the foot of the apse of the hermitage there are several anthropomorphic tombs dating from the High Middle Ages and related to the reconquest of the area by Fernán González in the 10th century and reused by the monks of the priory. Between the religious complex and the edge of the cliff, are the tombs that tradition attributes to the saint and his two brothers, now empty.
Church of Our Lady of the Assumption
A temple of Romanesque design that is located behind the town square. The church has a single nave with a semicircular head, and has a tower attached to the feet of the nave. In the 18th century, the Baroque doorway was used to access the temple. Of its interior, it is worth mentioning its Romanesque baptismal font and its altarpiece, of baroque, gold and polychrome style and organized in three streets. There, the image of Our Lady of the Assumption and of San Blas are enthroned.
The traditional cellars of Carrascal del Río open underground in one of the slopes of the hill that occupies the town.
The mouths, built in stone and with wooden doors that allow ventilation, are oriented following the same direction. They form an aesthetic and well-preserved set of popular architecture.
The galleries descend into the cellar where there are usually several rooms to house the vats. In some places of Castile these stays are known like "sisas". Vents excavated vertically to the outside are also common.
The forge of Carrascal is a small building with a rectangular plan and covered by two waters. It conserves the bellows of wood and leather that was used to fan the fire; the forge proper, on which the bell is placed to facilitate the exit of the smoke; and the pylon, where the weather was given.
Hoces del Río Duratón Natural Park
This place, constituted by the middle course of Duratón, was declared a Natural Park in the 1989 year. Later it was classified as a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA), being integrated into the 2000 Natura Network and later declared a Site of Community Importance (SCI).
From the town of Sepúlveda to the Burgomillodo reservoir, the river has been excavating the limestone rock, forming sickles with a flat bottom and walls that reach 100 m in height, where the colorful ocher of the rocks contrasts with the green ribbon of the riparian vegetation.
The most outstanding areas are: The hermitage of San Frutos, The Monastery of Our Lady of the Angels of La Hoz and The Cave of the Seven Altars.
Also relevant are the ruins of the hermitage of San Julián, caves with rock paintings, bridges and Roman roads. Do not forget the traditional constructions, with high ethnological interest (shepherd's huts, cattle pens, refuges of resinero, dovecotes and walls of separation between orchards or mills with their dams).
What to do
Hiking trail Duratón canyons
Route by The path of the Friar
Tourist cycle route in BTT Ravines and Hoces
San Blas, February 3 Santa Águeda, which is celebrated on the Saturday closest to February 5
San Isidro, 15 of May party in honor of the farmers of the town
Our Lady of Carmen, the weekend closest to the 16 of July
Our Lady of the Assumption and San Roque, the 15 and 16 days of August
San Frutos, the October 25
Cavalcade of Kings, the 5 of January
Tree Day Celebration
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