Almodóvar del Río
Almodovar del Rio – Vega del Guadalquivir
Almodovar del Rio is located between the fertile Valley of the Guadalquivir (Vega del Guadalquivir), where it is located much of its municipal area, in fertile orchards, and the mountains, which is part of the Sierra de Hornachuelos Natural Park, the largest protected area in the province, with great landscape value, full of cork, oak and underbrush; as well as riparian forests of willows, ashes and alders. We must add its valuable wildlife and hunting value. We also can find areas of great interest to practice tours as the Breña Reservoir, on the Guadiato, and a very interesting route along the banks of the Guadalquivir to enjoy its woodlands.
Almodovar del Rio is a urban set made up of streets with white houses, concentrated in an irregular way from the foot of the stunning castle located on the top and presents an excellent state of preservation. From this castle it is a splendid panorama of the town and the valley.
On the place that nowadays occupies Almodóvar should be an Ibero-Turdetano site. It is believed that it enjoyed certain notoriety because it could serve as a point of shipment of the countryside products. As a result of this trade an important pottery industry was developed, possibly in its vicinity silver mines were exploited and had even its own currency in the II century B.C. This town with the arrival of the Romans was integrated into the colonial territory of Córdoba. Most of the people of this era was scattered in numerous villages along the valley of Guadalquivir.
The Muslim period was also a great development for the area, the border post of the Guadalquivir was kept navigable and from Córdoba to Sevilla. In the year 740 Arabs built a fortress called Al-Mudawwar.
The Chronicles of Muslim conquest quote the town in that year, when the Caliph of Damascus appointed Mr Almodóvar Add al-Malik ben Qatan to hold for second time the emirate of al-Andalus until he died in the civil war against the Syrians.
During the VIII, IX and X century, the fortress and its municipal area become a part of the province of Córdoba, in the XI century it was joined first to the Taifa of Carmona and then to Sevilla, with the Almoravids it was returned to the jurisdiction of Córdoba, and finally in the XII century and part of the XIII fell under Almohad court in Sevilla.
Monuments in Almodovar del Rio
Castillo de Almodóvar built in the VIII century but its present configuration fitted to the XIV century.
Parish Church of La Inmaculada. Built in the second half of the XVIII century.
Chapel de San Sebastián. Nowadays dedicated to the patron saint Nuestra Señora del Rosario.
Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Gracia.
Almodovar del Rio Archaeological Sites
Roman, Visigoths and Arabs remains.
Roman Portus, located on the right bank of the river Guadalquivir.
Roman pottery, on the left bank of the river Guadalquivir.
Roman aqueduct in private land in the estate of Fuenreal.
Plaza de la Constitución, wit the Ateneo Popular (Casa de Natera, XVIII century).
Library, building where it was located the Old Town Hall.
Viewpoint of El Ribazo.
A typical place in the Plaza de Andalucía.
Permanent Ethnographic exhibition “Mañana no existe.”
Archaeological exhibition at the Casa de la Cultura.
Almodovar del Rio Gastronomy
The gastronomy has a lot to do with the geographical area, in which different civilizations have passed. In Almodóvar del Río you can taste from Roman dishes like gazpacho and salmorejo, to vegetables, especially asparagus, which abound in this municipal area, cooked with the esparragado procedure, introduced by the Muslims. They are also very typical the bean casserole with crumbs.
How to get there
You have to exit Córdoba and continue along: A-431. Alleyway of Villarubia. At the roundabout, take the salida 5 and continue along: Calle de Palma del Río and continue until you get Almodovar del Rio.
Distances from Almodovar del Rio
Posadas 9 km
Alcolea 40 km
Córdoba 26 km
Encinarejo 11 km
Palma del Río 31 km
Fuente Palmera 20 km
Medina Azahara 20 km
La Puebla de los Infantes 45 km