The municipal area of Arboleas has an area of 66,05 Km2. The city centre is at Latitude 370 21′ North and at Longitude 20 04′ West, to 272 metres above sea level.
Its inhabitants are called Arboleanos.
Its mains productive activities are: Almazaras (Olive-oil mills), almonds, citrus and nowadays it has strength the building and an Industrial Area in expansion.
Maybe its name remember us that in other times its municipal area was planted with woods and groves. The origin of its name can come from, according to Simonet, an Arab writer who was born in this town in the XIV Century, quoted by Aben Aljatib, called Abu Ben Abdalacis Al Arboli. The gentilicio (name of the inhabitants of a country) Al Arboli would form Arbolaya or Arborea, nowadays Arboleas.
This town knows the human trace very soon because there are known settlements from the prehistoric age, like we can observe in the sites of Casablanca and Maimí. We do not know many from the Roman and Al-Andalus period. We only can say that in 1488 it was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs together with other towns from the Almanzora.
During the Moorish uprising in 1568 this town took an active part. According to Mármol and Carvajal, it fighted the battle of El Corral de Arboleas.
There are some farmhouses and small villages scattered throughout such as: Casablanca, Perla, El Prado, La Judea, El Campillo, La Cueva, San Roque, Los Higuerales and Limaria.
Tower of Arboleas
Bridge over the river
Parish Church of Santiago
The gastronomy in Arboleas is base don dishes made with farm produce. Anyway it has handcrafted wine and delicious oranges.
How to get there
You have to exit Almería. Take Rambla de Belén. In the roundabout, take the salida 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 547, C-323, Baza, Albox, Olula del Río, Macael. In Santa Bárbara, in the roundabout, take the salida 3 and continue in: A-334. Follow the signs until you get Arboleas.
Distances from Arboleas
Pulpi 39 km
Albox 9,5 km
Almería 95 km
Mojácar 43 km
Albánchez 25 km
Cuevas del Almanzora 29 km