Fiestas Patronales

The Saint’s festivities are the name of the festival. During centuries they have consisted of acts, faith and popular expressions in which year after year the citizens of Santo Domingo recall and modernize the most important moments of the Saint’s work and life. The festivities are not only history or a cultural challenge, is more a recovery of a story that became a memory of the Saint.

Opening speech with dulzaine and blush: On the 25th of April the drums and the bagpipes come out and in the afternoon the streets are filled with music steps and distractions. Two weeks after, on the 11th of may the brotherhood and the scribes accompanied by drums and bagpipes go to the houses of the young damsels....

Members of the brotherhood, girls, teenagers and young people with elegant baskets hanging of their hips knack door by door to take each house the saint’s bread. It is bread with a decorated obverse with the saint’s image and covered with a mixture of egg yolk. This bread represents the presence and memory ...

On the morning there is a ram march. Those rams will be killed to make the saints lunch. The afternoon will begin with the bunch procession. In a cart pulled by a couple of oxes they take the brunches of a holm oak to the cathedral. After being blessed they are put around the saints sepulcher. The afternoon ...

The procession of the saint’s bread and pilgrims starts. Young ladies dressed in white carry the breads in elegant baskets and all of it symbolizes the purity of the saint. They are symbol of the women that devoted their lives to the work of Santo Domingo. Nowadays they also join the procession horses...

During the night in the saint’s house, also known to be the pilgrims albergue, some of the members of the brotherhood and some women cook an excellent vegetable stew made with chickpeas, chards, onions, ram and other products. After the communion and having received god’s blessing the stew is served among the citizens ...

It is the last important day of the festivity. They named and take over the new brotherhood that among the next year will carry out with the obligations. The priors that leave give the new ones the keys of the saint’s house and also zinc box with objects from 1909. The new members are welcomed and they receive a medal and a diploma.

It is the festivity of San Isidro patron saint of farmworkers.

Fiestas de Gracias

The 18th and 19th of September it is celebrated the thanks and hermosilla festivity. There are similar to others in la rioja and it is a way of giving thanks for the harvest gathered. The first day represents the harvest and the main act is a procession with figures of Santo Domingo and the Square Virgin that hosts the city. When the procession is back the goodbye ritual begins and the images separate. It is tradition when this happens to make somersaults when the final act is taking place.

Although it is a religious celebration there is also a secular celebration very popular among the citizens of Santo Domingo. It is a competition of stews in whish the main element is potatoes. As the same time of the competition the City Hall organizes a potatoes and chorizo tasting in which are distributed more than 4000 portions among the people.

The 19th of September is the day when it is honored the memory of Jeronimo Hermosilla, the only canonized saint in Rome. This festivity is celebrated the day after thanks festivity and it has a religious character.

bibliography of Jeronimo Hermosilla

When the time arrives the entire city celebrates the heroism of Jeronimo Hermosilla that turned out to be a great figure for the citizens that are proud to say that in the walls that surrounded the city is where Jeronimo gained popularity because of his devotion to others.

Jeronimo Hermosilla was born on the 30th of September in Santo Domingo de la Calzada in La Puebla neighbor in a humble family. Bernabe Garrido priest of the church baptized him in the cathedral at that moment. His birth certificate is still n the cathedral.

At the age of 10 his father died and he left Santo Domingo and moved to Cordovin with his brothers. He lived there ntil he was 20. Living there he began studying for the church in a Seminar and the 4th of October 1819 he took the holy orders


His novitiate was interrupted by the politic disagreements of the time that caused great hostility towards the church. He left the convent at age 21 and joined the king’s army until the 25th of May 1825.

When he went back to his religious studies he kept on saying that he would go to the missions with his friend and brother Vicario Romero to Tokin. On the 24th of August 1824 took a ship from Cadiz to Manila. The 2nd of January 1825 they arrived. From the beginning Hermosilla turned out to be the apple of the bishop eyes. Bishop Delgado is the one that gives the Tonkin name of Vaong to Hermosilla. After eight years as missionary in Vietnam he was appointed Provincial Vicar and representative of Eastern Tonkin.

...Bishop and apostolic vicar...

In 1841 he is consecrated bishop and apostolic vicar of eastern Tonkin that gave him power in Rome. He refuses his new position so the archbishop of manila has to intercede so he accepts. The work done by Hermosilla was remarkable.

...Kidnappings and Persecutions...

Mandarins were overwhelmed by large amount of gold given by the king in exchange of European missionaries. Hermosilla and his brother were frequently scared so the had to hide. His first persecution was in 1848. He wrote in letters that during that time was when there were sackings, whippings, and muggings.

LThe second persecution began on the 3rd of September 1854 date when the edict was declared. In the edict it was imposed death sentence to missionaries and everyone that hid or protected them. To make this law easier the mandarin king ordered the destruction of churches and homes so Hermosilla was obligated to live running in order to survive. On the 15th of January 1856 he was kidnapped for 12 days. Fortunately the mandarins were after his money. After paying 8400 reales as ransom he was liberated. However Hermosilla’s difficulties did not end here. In July 1857 a new persecution lead by Tuc-Duc started.

From that moment on all Christians had to carry written in their faces Top-Dao (false religion). Without strength and as a last resort to remain alive missionaries asked the Spanish and French government for help. That’s how half of them could get out of Tonkin and returned home.

The 4th persecution and the last one lead by Tuc-Duc was the one that ended with Hermosilla’s life. In 1860 the persecution became an obsession for the mandarins that were motivated to do it for a ransom of 300 silver ounces.


when in 1861 started the last persecution Hermosilla was arrested by Nguyen but he managed himself to scape. After escaping he secretly continued with his apostolic activity going unnoticed. The betrayal of a soldier is what got him arrested again and this time he could not escape. His martyrdom was with another two Dominican missionaries: Valentin de Berrio-Ochoa and Pedro Almato.

...Finally ¡Saint!...

On the 26th of June 1998 Hermosilla is canonized. Citizens of La Rioja went to Saint Peter Square in Rome and Santo Domingo joined the Vatican’s acts. During a whole week the city celebrated the naming of the new saintliness.

Ferias de Santo Domingo de la Calzada

During the year there are two important fairs: one that takes place on the 17th and 28th of February and the Conception Fair that takes place on the 8th of December. This fair became important during the 30’s and 40’s. With the mechanization of the agriculture the fair that hosted dealers became less important and in 1985 became the Agriculture Machines Fair. In 1990 took place the First International craftwork fair.

Medieval Market

we have to go back in time to the medieval era when citizens of Santo Domingo received merchants and craftsmen from all over. They’re where a lot of visitors and Alfonso X gave royal privileges to the fair celebration Wizards, jugglers, musicians and minstrels where all over the old town livening up the city. Soldiers, medieval banners, knights, goblins and elf accompanied the mayor during the opening and closing acts.

“Que los omnes de la villa de Santo Domingo Agan cada año Feria en su villa Et todos aquellos que viniesen a la feria Que ayan vengan salvos e seguros….”

Fotos del Mercado Medieval

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Mercado del Camino

At the same time of the medieval market (6th and 8th of December) takes place this market. It is a big heated carp of 1500 m2 placed in the square where you can find a huge variety of food and handmade products. The aim of this market is the promotion of the products of the area. In the market you can find products coming from Larioja, Vizcaya, Huesca, Palencia, Cantabria, Alava, Caceres, Navarra; Teruel; Salamanca, La Coruña, Zamora, Burgos, Leon, Badajoz, Cordoba, Guipuzcoa, Taragona, Valladolid and France.

Fotos del Mercado del Camino


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NOTE: Prices are approximate.

  • Mesón El Abuelo:

    Address: Plaza Alameda, s/n

    Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Custom paella and other dishes. Menu € 13.00.

    Phone: 619 95 97 21 / 941 42 72 14

  • Restaurante Arcaya:

    Dirección: Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 7

    Desayunos, precio especial. Almuerxos a medida y gusto. Productos Riojanos artesanos. Degustación vino por copas. Ambiente agradable. Menú 15,00€.

    Teléfono: 941 34 11 24

  • Mesón Los Arcos:

    Dirección: C/ Mayor, 68

    Cocina casera y tradicional tipica riojana en pleno Camino de Santiago, junto a la catedral. Sus especialidades son las patatas a la riojana el bacalado a la riojana, etc. Menús 9,00€ - 12,00€.

    Teléfono: 638 37 85 21

  • Restaurante Los Caballeros:

    Dirección: C/ Mayor, 56

    Sus especialidades son bacalao a la riojana, primientos rellenos, menestras, sopas, ensaladas, chuletillas y olla podrida. Además de bacalao con puré de puerros, espinacas y almendras, carpaccio de emperador, micuit de pato, ensalada de membrillo, revuelto de morcilla con piñones, etc. Postres: tarta del abuelito, biscuit de plátano y copa de yogur. A la carta.

    Teléfono: 941 34 27 89
  • Restaurante La Cancela:

    Dirección: C/ Mayor, 51

    Junto a la torre de la catedral, en una casa antigua, en un ambiente acogedor. Ofrece platos de cocina tradicional riojana y platos innovadores. Menú a la carta.

    Teléfono: 941 34 32 38
  • Restaurante Casa Amparo:

    Dirección: C/ San Roque, 17

    Sus especialidades son patatas a la riojana, menestra de verduras, cardo con almejas, pisto riojano, pochas con costilla, alcachofas con jamón chuletillas de cordero, rabo de buey y lomo relleno. Postres: tarta de queso y cuajada casera. Menús 11,00€ - 13,00€ - 23,00€.

    Teléfono: 941 34 30 16

  • Restaurante Las Doce Vueltas (Parador de Turismo):

    Dirección: Plaza del Santo, 3

    Con la calidad y servicio de la red de paradores, se ofrece una amplia variedad de productos: los entremeses de paradores, caparrones riojanos con oreja y chorizo, bacalao a la riojana, cordero asado en chilindrón, chuletillas... sin olvidar la repostería del Parador, además de una variada selección de platos. Menú 33,00€ (sin bebidas). Menú degustación "El arte breve 29,50€" (sin bebidas)

    Teléfono: 941 34 03 00
  • Restaurante Eibarresa:

    Dirección: Plaza San Jerónimo Hermosilla

    Restaurante Tradicional.

    Teléfono: -

  • Restaurante Asador La Gallina que Cantó:

    Dirección: C/ Mayor, 32

    Cazuelitas, raciones, bocadillos, pinchos. Especialidad en carnes a la brasa. Menú del día y menú especial de parrilla. Todo ello en un ambiente acogedor.

    941 34 13 16
  • Restaurante Cervecería Gambrinus:

    Dirección: C/ Madrid (junto a supermercado Eroski)

    Ambiente cervecero con las cervezas "cruzcampo" y vinos de Rioja. Ibéricos "Joselito", amplia selección de pinchos y raciones, bocadillos, hamburguesas y platos combinados. También para llevar. Además de menú, amplia carta. Selección de carnes ibéricas. Menús 11,00€ - 14,00€.

    Teléfono: 941 34 27 86

  • Mesón Génesis II:

    Dirección: C/ Margubete, 4

    Comida típica riojana con todo tipo de cazuelitas, bacalaos de la casa y pimientos rellenos de carne y pescado. Menú especial. Bocadillos Cazuelitas y ensaladas variadas. Menú 9,00€ (peregrinos con credencial 8,50€).

    Teléfono: 941 34 33 03

  • Restaurante Hidalgo:

    Dirección: C/ Isidoro Salas, 45-1º (Bar)

    Comida típica riojana en un marco de trato agradable de asidua continuidad de los lugareños. Todo un clásico. Menús 12,00€.

    Teléfono: 941 34 03 39 / 941 34 02 27

  • Restaurante Hidalgo de Río Cabado (Parador Bernardo de Fresneda):

    Dirección: C/ Plaza de San Francisco, 1

    Inconfundible gracias a la matizada iluminación color salmón que lo envuelve. Nuestra cocina se caracteriza por la recuperación y búsqueda constante de las raíces de la Cocina Riojana, teniendo como platos estrella: Bacalao a la Riojana y Chuletillas de cordero, cocinadas de dos formas: Villeroy o parrilla. Menú 27,00€ (sin bebidas).

    Teléfono: 941 34 11 50
  • Restaurante El Marquestio:

    Dirección: C/ Madrid, 3

    Especialidad en comida casera típica riojana. Variedad de cazuelitas y raciones, platos combinados, hamburguesas y bocadillos. Menú 10,00€ - 12,00€ (9,00€ para peregrinos). Medio menú 5,00€.

    Teléfono: 679 73 34 97 / 606 21 39 40

  • Restaurante Bar Piedra:

    Dirección: C/ Mayor, 54

    Ubicado en el casco antiguo cerca de La Catedral y del Albergue de Peregrinos. Menú para peregrinos, menú del día, menú infantil, comida casera, ensaladas, postres caseros elaborados, carnes y pescados.

    Teléfono: 941 34 15 69

  • Restaurante Rincón de Emilio:

    Dirección: Plaza bonifacio Gil, 7

    Sus especialidades son garbanzos, menestra de verduras, ensalada templada de habitas confitadas, pimientos rellenos de merluza y gambas, lomo de bacalao a la plancha, cordero asado, solomillo en salsa de Rioja y como postres crema de tiramisú y crema templada con arroz con leche.

    Teléfono: 941 34 09 90
  • Restaurante Rio:

    Dirección: Plaza bonifacio Gil, 7

    Cerrado temporalmente.

    Teléfono: 941 34 02 77

  • Restaurante Pizzeria La Strada:

    Dirección: Avda. Juan Carlos I, 36

    Una trattoria italiana en donde encontrarás una extensa variedad de ensaladas, postres, carnes y pizzas, totalmente artesanas. Cuenta, además, con un amplio menú del día con 10 primeros y 10 segundos a elegir, donde podrá degustar la comida típica de la zona como patatas a la riojana, menestra de verduras, etc. Menú 11,50€ - 13,50€ (No noches).

    Teléfono: 941 34 06 68

  • Restaurante Asador La Taberna:

    Dirección: Avda. de Haro, 5

    Menú para peregrinos. Platos combinados, bocadillos, pollo asado con patatas. Comida para llevar. Por la noche enconttrarás buenos cubatas. Menús del día 10,00€ y 11,00€.

    Teléfono: 699 54 83 78

  • Restaurante Mesón Tapas y Punto:

    Dirección: Avda. Juan Carlos I, 4

    Desde tapas, pinchos y cazuelitas, pasando por vieiras gratinadas, salpicón de marisco y variedades de fritos hasta tablas de ibéricos y quesos, hojaldres al horno, alitas maceradas, bolas de marisco, tigres, etc. Menú del día 11,00€.

    Teléfono: 941 34 11 04

  • Restaurante Trastamára (Hotel el Corregidor):

    Dirección: C/ Mayor, 14

    Especialidad en comidas para grupos y bodas. Se precisa reserva previa. Menú 15,00€ (IVA no incluido)

    Teléfono: 941 34 21 28

  • Restaurante El Vasco:

    Dirección: Avda. Juan Carlos I, 17

    Comida para grupos con cita previa.

    Teléfono: 941 34 09 38

  • Restaurante Cafetería Vaticano's:

    Dirección: Avda. Juan Carlos I, 17

    Situado junto al nuevo centro de salud, visita obligatoria a esta encantadora y muy acogedora cafetería-restaurante. En el comedor encontrará una sorprendente exposición de fotos gigantes de los edificios históricos de la ciudad. Desayunos, almuerzos, comidas y cenas. MEnú del día 10,00€ (incluido café)

    Teléfono: 687 66 59 08

  • Parador de Turismo Santo Domingo de la Calzada ****:

    Dirección: Plaza del Santo, 3

    Ascensor, Zona Wifi, TV en las habitaciones, Restaurante.

    Nº de Habitaciones: 61 (Todas dobles, también de uso individual).

    Teléfono: 941 34 03 00

    Fax: 941 34 03 25

  • Parador de Turismo Bernardo de Fresneda ***:

    Dirección: Plaza de San Francisco, 1

    Ascensor, Wifi, Restaurante, TV en las habitaciones.

    Nº de Habitaciones: 47 (1 minusválidos + 20 dobles matrimonio + 23 dobles 2 camas + 3 dobles superiores).

    Teléfono: 941 34 11 50

    Fax: 941 34 0696

  • Hotel El Corregidor ***:

    Dirección: C/ Mayor, 14 - Avda. Calahorra, 17

    Internet fijo, Ascensor, Zona Wifi, TV en las habitaciones.

    Nº de Habitaciones: 32

    Teléfono: 941 34 21 28 / 941 34 25 52

    Fax: 941 34 21 15

  • Hostal Hospederia Cisterciense **:

    Dirección: C/ Pinar, 2

    Ascensor, Wifi, TV en las habitaciones, Internet fijo, Comedor.

    Nº de Habitaciones: 57 (42 dobles + 15 individuales).

    Teléfono: 941 34 07 00

    Fax: 941 34 33 04

  • Hostal Rey Pedro I *:

    Dirección: C/ San Roque, 9

    Ascensor, Wifi gratis, Televisión, Internet fijo.

    Nº de Habitaciones: 9 (Capacidad 20 personas).

    Teléfono: 941 34 11 60

    Fax: 941 34 06 98

  • Hostal El Molino de Floren *:

    Dirección: C/ Margubete, 5

    Wifi, Televisión, Internet.

    Nº de Habitaciones: 10

    Teléfono: 941 34 29 31

    Fax: 941 34 29 31

  • Pensión Miguel *:

    Dirección: C/ Juan Carlos I, 23 - 3º (RECEPCIÓN EN LA CAFETERÍA MIGUEL).

    Ascensor, TV en las habitaciones.

    Nº de Habitaciones: 8 (Capacidad 21 personas).

    Teléfono: 941 34 32 52

    Móvil: 625 33 32 65

    e-mail: NO

  • Pensión Río *:

    Dirección: C/ Etchegoyen, 2 (RECEPCIÓN EN LA CAFETERÍA RÍO).


    Nº de Habitaciones: 11 (4 matrimonio, 2 triples, 2 dobles y 3 individuales).

    Teléfono: 941 34 02 77

    e-mail: NO

  • Apartamentos Turísticos San Francisco 58:

    Dirección: C/ San Francisco 58

    Apartamentos totalmente equipados. Disponen de cocina completa, lavadora, wc, calefacción, dormitorio, salón, etc.

    Nº de Apartamentos: 6, para más información consultar web.

    Teléfono: 699 76 55 40

What to see

SRioja Nature is located in Sierra de la Demanda, just outside of Santo Domingo. It is a wonderful park that has a lot of fauna and plant life. The responsible of the park are the ones that take care of the development of the park but they also make guided visits and a bird show. They also control birds, bird plagues and they make viable projects of different species such as storks, starlings and pigeons….

Schedule Park

HIGHT SEASON (From 16 of July to 4 of September)

Open from Tuesday to Sunday.

Monday is Close.

Guided Tours and free fly of birds:

Morning: 12:00

Affternoon: 18:00

DROP SEASON (From 1 of March to 30 of July and from 5 of September to 30 of October)

Open weekends and holidays.

Guided Tours and free fly of birds:

Morning: 12:00

Affternoon: 17:00

From 1 to 15 of July:

Guided Tours and free fly of birds:

Morning: 12:00

Affternoon: 18:00


General Ticket: 5,00€ (Free ticket for under 2 years kids).

Grups and Schools (from 15 people) will can visit the center every day of the year with preview date. Siempre con vuelo de aves.


Phone Number: 687 606 961 / 666 025 133



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