Alhabia, Medio Andarax Region – Almería
Alhabia is a small town that belongs to the region of Valle Medio del Andarax, in the area of confluence of the River Nacimiento with the River Andarax.
Its terrains are the ones of the meadow, cultivated with citrus and some vineyards. In the area around it is full of arid lands with poor vegetation.
The town, whose origin is an Arab farm is located in the centre of this farming landscape, and we can emphasize the “Monumento dedicado a la Mujer del Farmacéutico Rural”.
Alhabia has a privileged position over clayey lands that will define this farm of Muslim origin, settling from its beginnings a fairground for the trade with animals and a pottery that attracted shopkeepers from the entire region. Its place names of Arab origin has a controversial meaning; according to the traditional historians, it is translated by tent or pond, a historical referent the first one and the second one with a natural nature, due to the small lake that was formed in the confluence of the two Rivers, Andarax and Nacimiento. Although it can be stated its morphological development along its history, was called Hayva, Aljaiba, Aljabia, Aljabiati, until its present naming in 1587.
The first cultural mention of the farm was in the XII century due to Idrisi (Muslim geographer and chronicler), who mentions the lake formed between the rivers and register the place in the colonizing activity and founding in the territory of Urs al-Yaman with more or less 20 castles in the IX century, event that testify the archaeological remains of the towers that protected the farm. From the XIII century, when the Kingdom of Granada was established, Alhabia will take part of the taha de Marchena (taha, administrative unit in which the sultan nasrids divided all the territory from the Alpujarra), with the adjacent villages, adding a total of ten places. After the surrender of Baza and the Capitulaciones de Almería in 1489, starts the modern history of Alhabia, it is established a new political and religious power, with new buildings that will change the appearance of the old Muslim farm, giving it a Spanish profile.
Parish Church of San Juan Bautista
Reloj de sol
Casa de la Mezquita
Monumento a la Mujer
Sausages. Fritada alpujarreña. Choto al ajo cabañil. Cocina mareá (made with beans). Migas (breadcrumbs fried with garlic). Tabirnas colorás (a potatoes stew with red peppers, onion and garlic). Gurullos (made with oil, rabbit, onion, tomato, bay leaf and noodles). Pelotas.
Sweets: Easter Bread Rolls. Soplillos with egg and almond. Honey buns. Wine ring-shaped pastry.
How to get there
When you get Almería by the motorway E-15 / A-7 you have to take the exit 448 towards Benahadux, Huercal de Almería, in the roundabout turn right in the first exit and continue until the next roundabout, take the first exit.
Take the A-92-A, towards Benahadux. When you get the roundabout of Benahadux take the third exit (left) towards Gádor. Continue by the A-348 and continue straight by the A-348, until the crossroads of Alhama de Almeria (Left), Santa Fé (Right), take the right, road AL-324. You have to leave your right the crossroads of Santa Fé, and further on you have to leave your left the crossroads of Huechar, (next to the petrol station) and go straight on by the AL-324, when you pass the bridge over the river Andarax, leave the AL-324 and turn off the left towards Alhabia, Terque by the AL-450. Leave your left the crossroads of Terque and continue until you get Alhabia.
To Almería 27 km
To Alhama de Almería 9 km
To Gádor 13 km
To Bentarique 4,5 km
To Alsodux 1,8 km
To Galachar 4 km
To Tabernas 31 km
To Benahadux 16 km