Uruñuela our village
It is named in different documents as Eruñuela, Oriñuela, Oroñuela y Uruñuela. Founded in the 10th century by the King García Sánchez III from Navarra, nicknamed “García from Nájera” with the purpose of repopulating Riojan lands after the Muslim invasion. In a 1052 document, kept in the General archive of Simancas, the first mention of Uruñuela is made, stating the disappeared church of San Sebastián among those added to Santa María la Real of Nájera ‘Herditatem San Sebastián de Eruñuela.
It was included in the inheritance left by Pedro Fernández II from Velasco and Beatriz Manrique to their offspring, as stated by a writing from April 14, 1458. In 1518, it was still in possession of the Manriques, as it is known that there were disputes between Luis Manrique and his brother over the lands of Uruñuela and Alesanco. Charles I of Spain granted it the title of villa, because of the support people from the town gave Antonio Manrique of Lara, second Duke of Nájera, to take the castle of Malpica in Nájera after being occupied by the “comuneros.”