Covarrubias is a village and
municipality in the province of
Burgos in the
autonomous community of
Castile and León. It has 640 inhabitants, and it is near to
Cubillo del Campo and
Hortigüela. Covarrubias is situated in the valley of the
river Arlanza, which is extensively wooded with among other species
Spanish Juniper. Part of the area belonging to the municipality is included within a
Special Protection Area for bird-life such as vultures.
The village itself was declared a
Conjunto Histórico-Artístico, a type of conservation area, in 1965. Covarrubias features picturesque vernacular buildings in a natural setting that attracts many tourists, some of whom come from abroad. Covarrubias and
Norway have entered a friendship agreement as the result of a medieval connection with
Christina of Norway, Infanta of Castile. A church honouring Saint
Olaf II of Norway, designed by the architect Pablo López Aguado, has been built in the town and dedicated in 2011.
One of the first areas to be
reconquered from the
Moors in the late ninth century, Covarrubias had an influence on
Castile and its
language. The river is popular for swimming and canoeing. One feature, Fuente Azul, is 6 km away. It has a mild climate, and a diverse cuisine: its
black pudding is famous in Burgos province, and it produces grapes,
Arlanza (DO), and cherries.