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Alcudia de Monteagud

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Alcudia de Monteagud, Sierra de los Filabres – Almería

Alcudia de Monteagud is located in the Sierra de los Filabres in an arid and rugged landscape, the result of deforestation and the abandonment of traditional agriculture.

Alcudia is Arabic for mountain, and indeed, the town with its narrow, labyrinthine streets and white houses is at an elevation of 1,003 meters above sea level, overlooking the valley of Tahal.

From Almeria, it is less than an hour to reach Alcudia de Monteagud, in the heart of the Sierra de Filabres.

In the highest part of Alcudia we find one of the largest cobbled areas in the province of Almeria, with a stunning panoramic view of Tahal Valley. To the east and west can be seen two large mountains of the Filabres, which in the Middle Ages were called Montahur (now Monteagud Hill, a name of Latin origin with which Alcudia expanded its name to distinguish it from other Alcudia in the country) and Mount Nimar, which is always covered with snow during winter.

These names have remained with the mountains for thousands of years, as the only witnesses of vanished, ancient languages. Despite their ephemeral nature, these simple words have stood the test of centuries, wars and invasions better than other supposedly stronger, more durable human creations.

Very near Alcudia, are buried the remains of villages and people that were here until the sixteenth century. The medieval history of the area is quite atypical – it was  populated by tribal groups, apparently of Berber origin, who created all the towns that still exist, as well as those which were suddenly abandoned forever in 1570.

These tribes used their own family name for the villages they built, and would normally build alongside them small fortifications with towers marking and defending the territory of the clan. Most of these towers are in Alhabia.

Those Filabrese Muslims that secretly retained their faith, despite having been forced into baptism after the conquest of the kingdom of Granada by the Catholic Kings were swept from the mountains in 1570, in what could be described as an ethnic cleansing operation. Until then, the Inquisition persecuted and condemned them for imaginary crimes. It was the ancestors of the current Filabrese who came to replace the expelled Moriscos.

To Alcudia came ranchers of the Sierra de Segura (Jaén), farmers from Castile and a strange group of herders originating in the French Basque Mavelón viscounty of Sola, kingdom of France, proudly proclaiming to be of the Navarra nation. They ended up replacing their complicated names with more acceptable to most of their Castellano speaking neighbours.

Alcudia de Monteagud Monuments

Templo Parroquial de Santa Maria
Torre de Alcudia
Calle de las Siete Vueltas

Alcudia de Monteagud Gastronomy

Gachas, migas de pan, de maíz, pimentón, sopa de pimiento y tomate, sopa de ajos, sopa con papas, sopa de panecillos, fritá de conejo, alimentos, tarbinas, tallarines, ajillo de conejo, de choto y cerdo, arroz con conejo, pepitoria de pollo, rinran, olla de los segadores, encebollado.

Pastry:
Buñuelos, ojuelas, roscos fritos, borrachillos, flores, manjar blanco. Our town is known as “El Pueblo del Pan” (“Town of Bread”). Enjoy the exquisite pastries and bread on your visit.

Craft products
Queso, calostros, requesón, pan de seis libras, torta de refresco, flores y ramos de pan, chorizos, morcilla, butifarra, etc…

Getting There

Exit Almeria and take the road to Granada. Cross Huércal de Almeria, continue on A-92A. Cross Benahadux. Pass near Tabernas. Cross Tahal and continue to Alcudia de Monteagudo.

Distances from Alcudia de Monteagud

Almeria 62 km
Tabernas 32 km
Albánchez 19 km
Alhama de Almería 58 km
Dona Maria Ocana 71 km


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