It has an area of 64.5 km2 and is 46 km from the capital. Surrounded by a wide expanse of pine forests, it owes its name to the limestone rock on which it sits.
Lastras de Cuéllar, with 412 inhabitants, is located northwest of the province of Segovia. Until the thirteenth century there is no written reference to the settlements that are established in the vicinity of the Cega river after the reconquest. The repopulation of Cuéllar and its surroundings led to the creation of the Community of Villa y Tierra, which consisted of the union, under a common regime, of the city or village that was the head of the community and the towns located in its term.
In 1256, Alfonso X el Sabio granted his Royal Charter to the council of Cuéllar, which ultimately led to a repopulation movement and its continuity in the following years from which the vast majority of inhabited nuclei that we know today in the Cuéllar region, among them Lastras de Cuéllar, which was originally assigned to the Sexmo de Hontalbilla belonging to the Community of Villa y Tierra de Cuéllar.
What to see
Church of Santa Maria Magdalena
Building with a single nave with Baroque plasterwork, it preserves its main altarpiece from the Baroque period and some pieces of silver, among which the sun monstrance made in Valladolid in 1825 stands out. The first documentation that we find about the church is from 1446 and speaks of the it is in poor condition, so it is very likely that the original construction is from the XNUMXth or even the XNUMXth century. The poverty of the materials used in its primitive construction meant that during the following centuries it was repaired, enlarged or rebuilt on several occasions.
Palace and forest of the Serreta
The Serreta palace and forest are located on a 600-hectare estate to the southwest of the town of Lastras, next to the banks of the Cega river. The ensemble at an artistic level is made up, firstly, of the old palace from the XNUMXth century and the hermitage of San Diego from the XNUMXth, and secondly, the guard houses and stables, the latter disappeared, also from the XNUMXth-XNUMXth centuries. To these last buildings, already in the XNUMXth century, they added the agricultural warehouses and shortly after they enabled the palace and hermitage for housing
Hermitage of the Virgin of Salcedón
Built on the land that the deserted Sacedón must have occupied, we find the XNUMXth century carving of the Virgin of Salcedón. The legend of the Virgin of Salcedón tells that while some shepherds were walking in the field the image of the Virgin appeared to them. It sat on a rock and became the carving we know today. The current building as it appears on its north door is from the late XNUMXth century.
Inaugurated in August 2013, the exhibition center has several rooms that show objects, photographs and paintings from the daily life of the town's past. It has six rooms each dedicated to an area, which have to do with the area of the lagoons and their natural environment, the resin, the pottery, the wineries, agriculture and the works from the Quick Painting Competitions that are organized in the locality.
Address: Camino Cantalejo, 5 Telephones: 921 16 90 30 Visiting hours: Upon request by calling the contact telephone number.
The stone pine (pinus pinea) and the resin pine (pinus pinaster) confer a unique leafiness throughout the region.
The famous Lastras lagoons are made up of three large lagoons. (Laguna del Carrizal, Laguna Tenca and Laguna Lucía - shared with Hontalbilla) and other minor ones. All of them covered with reeds, drained by a tributary stream of the Cerquilla. The main lagoon is that of Carrizal, it is located in the northwest of Lastras, approximately 4 km. from the urban area. It is located in the middle of a pine forest of resin pine and tall reeds and some reeds develop on its banks; on its eastern shore you can see a large sand dune.
Ribera Del Rio Cega
The riverside vegetation in this section of the river is mainly made up of alders, poplars, hazelnuts, willows, ash trees, thyme, broom, rockrose, evergreen ... Among the animal species, the forest birds stand out, accompanied in the riverbanks by cuckoos, nightingales and robins, among others. There are also roe deer, wild boar, foxes, badgers, squirrels, genets. There are also numerous natural springs that line the riverbed, forming springs and streams. Of special interest is the area between the Ladrón bridge and the Cega river crossing through Cuellar. In this area we find a series of ravines with a depth of 20 to 60 m. and a maximum width of 300 m.
It is a place of high ecological value and is integrated into the Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA) of the Cantalejo lagoons, since next to the river there is a large flood area that during long periods of the year becomes an ideal ecosystem to host different birds, among which the black stork stands out for its number. To a lesser extent, it has also been found on some occasions how some otters have chosen this place for their reproduction, which represents an indicator of the good state of the waters in this area.
In the surroundings of the town, four routes have been marked in which the Cega River and the Lagunas take center stage. Are those of
Lastras and Hontalbilla lagoons; El Molino Ladrón, The Fishermen's Path and the Cantalejo Lagoons
More information about routes in this link: https://www.lastrasdecuellar.net/lastras-de-cuellar-y-su-entorno/
Holidays and traditions
-The Nativity of Our Lady. September 8th. Lastras patronal festival in honor of the Nativity of the Virgin. For five days its neighbors and visitors forget the daily routine immersed in numerous activities and contests surrounded by a great festive atmosphere. To highlight the costume contest.
-Romería of the Virgin of Salcedón. Pentecost Monday. The Virgin of Salcedón is transferred from her hermitage to the church of the town to return in procession accompanied by the ballast to the sound of jacks and beatings. The young men and women of the town, dressed in regional costumes dance with the Virgin during the tour.
-San Cristobal. July 10th. After the mass in honor of San Cristóbal and the blessing of the town's vehicles, the Lastreños gather in the Prado to share food, siesta, drink and traditional games. All washed down with lemonade and enlivened with jotas and dulzainas.
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