There are different routes and activities in the vicinity of Frias and Tobera.
Tobera (Frías) is located in one of the most equipped area of the region for leisure and adventure:
· Horse riding
· Balloon rides
· Mountain bike routes
· Hiking trails
· Canoe and Kayak
· Climbing wall
· Boarding Network
· Tibetan bridge
· Log bridge
You will find links to pages of companies offering such services in the links section.
From the place of the chapels starts the footpath going up the water routes of the gorge. A mile should be made at least in that direction to appreciate the beauty of the sickle shaped landscape. But the footpath we're talking about will continue to the river rapids. This routes offer several options. The shortest one covers the surroundings of the chapels and the way down to Tobera through a paved path. The most advisable route includes a foray up into the gorge that will lead you to the lower part of the city of Frias and takes three hours to complete.
Tobera has a rich architectural, cultural and geological heritage and a privileged landscape with a wide range of activities for all tastes. Our greatest architectural heritage dates from the Romanesque, present in many religious buildings of the area. As an example we can remark the humilladero del Santo Cristo and the chapel of Santa Maria de la Hoz which is enhanced, without underestimating its construction, by its unique location at the foot of the rocks themselves.
Two miles away from Tobera we can see the smallest city in Spain, Frias, set on top of a hill called "La muela".
The merloned castle of the Velascos stands out in the city. It was constructed between the XII and XV century. It emerges over the roofs of the houses with its striking Tower of the Homage which grows from the rock itself. The bravest can go up to the top of the tower from where the sights have no equal.
It is accompanied at the other visible end of the cut rock, by the Church of San Vicente. The church has a beautiful interior with platerescos graves in it. Of its original Romanesque structure only a few vestiges remain, because since the fall of the tower in 1904 there arose a new one. Between the two buildings the esplanade of the grain market, which is used as a bullring.
The church of San Vítores is also a place of great interest as well as the abandoned convents of San Francisco and Santa María de Vadillo.
The steep streets of the town, surrounded by the perimeter walls, are dotted with adobe houses, whose foundations are dug into the rock. With rectangular and irregular height, buildings lean together to form a line suspended on a stunning cliff.
The waters of the Ebro run across the hill and above them rises the famous medieval bridge in the city. It has nearly 150 feet long, nine arches and a tower added in the twelfth century with the aim of fulfilling the role of customs. The merchants had to pay for their goods when they used the viaduct. Crossing it today means entering the region of Las Merindades and leaving behind La Bureba region, a land ruled by the stone.
Tobera is located in the famous routes Raíces de Castilla and is surrounded by villages of great cultural and Historical value like Frias, Oña, … that you shouldn't leave without visit. The recently opened museum of the water enriches the museistic offer which also includes the etnographic museum.
The Natural Landscape of the Obarens mountains is of a great beauty and landscape variety, with gorges, canyons, big woods and a very particular wildlife.
The Humión peak, with its 1.436 metres of height, is the highest top, and from it, on clear days, the mountains of 10 different provinces can be seen. There are several paths to get to the top but the easiest one is the one from the south side going up from Cubilla.
Let us advise you on the best routes and roads to meet the region of Las Merindades. There are plenty of attractive and smoother rides that'll get you into corners and places of great beauty.