Declared a National Historic-Artistic Site in 1965 and a Historic Site in 2001, Covarrubias harbours not only in its houses, streets and monuments, but also in its natural environment traces of a Celtiberian, Roman, Visigothic, medieval and Baroque past, making it one of the most interesting and emblematic places to visit in the province of Burgos. The town was decorated in 1978 with a Tourism and Beautification award, in 1979 with the Europa Nostra award for the conservation of its historical heritage, and in 2015 with the Golden Antenna for Culture from the Spanish Federation of Radio and Television Associations. In 2017, the village became part of the association of the Most Beautiful Villages in Spain.
In the historic centre of Covarrubias you can see at least seven monuments classified as being of cultural interest (BIC), such as the Tower of Doña Urraca from the 10th century (BIC since 1931) or the former Collegiate Church of San Cosme and San Damián built in the 7th century and reformed in the 15th century (BIC since 1931), the wall that was renovated between the 10th and 13th centuries (BIC since 1949), the Archive of the Advancement of Castile commissioned via a royal mandate by Philip II in 1575 (BIC since 1961), two calvaries and a rollo de justicia (stone column indicating the town had its own jurisdiction) from the 16th century (declared BICs since 1963). In the Plaza del Obispo Peña and Plaza de Doña Sancha you can see some of the best examples of the village's traditional agricultural architecture, with ground floors built in stone and upper floors made of wooden frameworks and adobe. Note the arcades and covered balconies - distinctive features of these local houses in the Middle Ages.
Covarrubias is a very active town. A good example of this are the numerous events hosted locally, whether cultural (Notes of Norway, Pasión Viviente, summer culture...), gastronomic (Festival of the Slaughter, Cherry Festival, Wines with History Fair), sporting (Canicross, Descent of the Arlanza, Mamblas Trail, MTB, San Silvestre), traditional (festivals, pilgrimages) and more besides, such as the motorcycle rally or the Christmas market...
Long live Covarrubias!