San Miguel de Corneja

San Miguel de Corneja is a North Spanish municipality ( municipio ) in the province of Ávila in the Autonomous Community of Castile -Leon.


San Miguel de Corneja lies in a fertile valley floor above the Río Corneja in the Sierra de Gredos nearly 57 km ( driving distance ) southwest of the provincial capital Ávila; the city of Salamanca is almost 80 kilometers in northwestern direction away. The remarkable neighboring Piedrahíta is only about five miles to the west.


In the 19th and in the first half of the 20th century the population was stable over 300 people.


The agriculture, especially livestock, traditionally plays the largest role in the economy of the small mountain community. Revenue from tourism in the form of the rental of apartments ( casas rurales ) have been added in recent decades.


  • The church of San Martín is an elongated nave building of masonry. It has a bell tower and a south porch ( portico ), are like and look at a few churches in the province of Ávila.
  • A stone cross near the church shows an already badly weathered crucifix, which probably belonged to a crossroads.
  • In a house wall is a sundial dating from the 16th/17th. Century.
  • At the beginning of the new millennium a small museum ( Ethnographic Museum ) was established, in which household and farm equipment presents from the past centuries. Moreover, the various traditional crafts ( cobblers, blacksmith, carpenter, etc.) are represented with the characteristic of their profession tools.