Alicún, Sierra de Gádor, Almería
Alicún is a small town located in the Northern sides of Sierra de Gádor, in a rough landscape from what stands out, like a garden, the terraced balconies with luxuriant green. Among these we can see the town made up of terraced houses, typical from the architecture in Almería.
Nowadays Alicún is a quiet and pleasant town, preserving alter five centuries its Muslim mark, that we can observe in the shapes of the chimneys like oriental lanterns with an exquisite taste and simplicity.
During the Middle Ages it is considered a neighbourhood of Huécija, Alicún, that obtained its own entity like a town in the XVI century, had, like the rest of the region, the farming prosperity of Al Andalus, the later crisis to the expulsion of the Moriscos and the peak of the vineyard, nowadays in the process of substitution.
The citrus, other fruit trees and the garden products achieve the half of the farming production of a town which is changing that, however, has a marked Arab structure from its same location, in the hillside of the mountain range and with a perfect view of the valleys that that are located just opposite, the ones of El Andarax and El Nacimiento, as if, besides an orchard, it was a watchtower.
Seen from the valley, Alicún has one of the most curious profiles of the towns in Almería: it is similar to an orchard and, if we would imagine it uniformly painted with some loud colour, even a flower. In Alicún, indeed, vegetable garden and town seems to be exactly the same.
This town, like the rest of the towns, has the most valuable good in the South cultures, the water that flows from a hot spring that was used during the Roman Age and that marked the Muslim Alicún. These “baños huecijanos” are the core of the history of the town, firstly Roman springs, later Arab hamman and always an obvious proof that the mountain range gave the man with the necessary things to build his life.
Parish Church de San Sebastián
Loma de Alicún, megalithic site
Fuente de Alicún
Sausages. Fritada alpujarreña. Garlic rabbits. Cocina mareá. Fried breadcrumbs. Liver and onions. Tabirnas colorás (potatoes stew with red peppers, onion and garlic). Gachas saladas (made with flour, tomato, peppers, garlic, fish and oil). Grapes. Oranges.
Sweets: Roscos de Semana Santa (Easter Bread Rolls). Soplillos with egg and almond. Mantecados de miel (Honey Buns). Rosquillas.
How to get there
You have to exit Almería and take Rambla De Belén. In the roundabout, take the exit 1 and continue in: E-15 / A-7 towards: E-15 – N-340 – Murcia – Ronda de Almería – A-92 – Granada. Take the exit towards: Salida 448 – Benahadux – Huércal de Almería. Cross Huércal de Almería and continue in: A-92A. Cross Benahadux. Alleyway of Alhama de Almería and follow the signs until you get Alicún.
Distances from Alicún
Gádor 15 km
Alhabia 13 km
Huécija 1,1 km
Almería 30 km
Bentarique 8,5 km
Alham a de Almería 6 km
San Sebastian Church
Balsa y Torre del Reloj