Soto en Cameros

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Soto en Cameros is a municipality with a population of around 80 people. The town served as the capital of the Junta de Rioja during the Spanish War of Independence.  Back in 1842, it was much bigger with a population of around 2,500 before halving in the next 30 years and then hitting below 100 people in the mid-2010s.  It is most famous for its locally produced marzipan. Since 1983, the town government has been controlled by either Partido Popular or Partido Riojano.

History

Some people in the town were nervous about the push for marriage equality because they were afraid it would result in things like people saying, “Hello. Good morning. I’m homosexual. And you?” Town local Álvaro Villar come out of the closet as a gay man during the marriage equality campaign. As a result, he decided to run for local office for Coalición Izquierda in May 2007.[1]

Stay

Albergue “Las Huellas”, located at Calle San José, 15, is hostel with a bar, restaurant, terrace and children’s play area. IT is located in a historic hospital building that was constructed in 1775. From 6 to 8 April 2008, it hosted the spring gathering for GYLDA.

References

Soto, A. (2007, May 16). «Se sorprenderían muchos si supieran qué políticos son ‘gays’». La Rioja. Retrieved from https://www.larioja.com/prensa/20070516/rioja_region/sorprenderian-muchos-supieran-politicos_20070516.html


[1] (Soto, 2007)

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