Armuña de Almanzora
Armuña de Almanzora – Alto Almanzora – Almería
Armuña de Almanzora belongs to the Alto Almanzora, to the west of the province, in a flat landscape with a small hill, with gardens watered by the river Almanzora.
This town in the XVI century had 120 houses, although in the Middle Ages it had fewer, because it was not a domain; however there are references that confirm towards 1560 this town belonged to the Duke Escalona. In the past, Armuña de Almanzora had an oven to cook bread, an inn, a tavern and a blacksmith’s in the square, just us three flour mills, and an oil one.
Next to the square of the town, in the centre of it, you can find the Parish Church, that has a nave, with ordinary building, dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Rosario, dated in 1500; this church has a monstrance, that goes in procession the Corpus Christi day, in 1620, when it was given to the town by some nobles from Cordoba.
Outside the town of Armuña de Almanzora there is a cemetery, and not very far from it there was a castle that had a big parade ground, four towers, a gunpowder warehouse, a patio with marble columns of La Sierra de los Filabres and a beautiful room where lived the Mayors, administrators and shop assistants; in it we can also find the cells, prisons and silos to preserve the grain.
All the building is made with typical stone of the region, but nowadays it is in ruins.
In the past, the lands of this town were watered by the river Almanzora that had abundant water in winter and in summer the enough to water its meadow; there were also a wide fountain, called Paules that was used like boundary stone for the jurisdictions of this town, just as for the one of Purchena. Traditionally, it has a production of cereals, legumes, beetroots, grape and oil, because it had many olive groves.
Nowadays, the main fruit and vegetable products in Armuña de Almanzora are its vast plantations of peaches and apricots that are located along the river bed called Almanzora. According to the personnel of the Town Hall of this town, at first, Armuña, Lúcar, Sierro and Suflí were linked, belonging to the nobles who came from Cordoba, emphasizing the town of Armuña because it was the only place where there was pharmaceutical service.
The study of a period so important in our history like the Civil War is very difficult because all the archives were burnt, although this town is not the only one where occurred these events. Like it is mentioned in the dictionary of Madoz from 1845, «it has a healthy and mild climate, and the commoner illnesses are intermittent cold sores».
Armuña de Almanzora Gastronomy
Potaje blanco. Sopa de ajo (Consommé with hard boiled egg, garlic and sometimes bread). Migas (Fried breadcrumbs). Olla de trigo. Gurullos. Gachas. Patas de cordero estofadas (Stewed Trotters). Hornazos.
How to get there
You have to exit Almería. Take the road to Granada. Cross Huércal de Almería and continue in A-92A. Alleyway of Benahadux. In the roundabout, take the salida 3 and continue in A-92. Take the exit towards: Salida 362 – Gérgal Este – Olula de Castro – Bacares – Las Menas – Serón – A-339. In the area around Gérgal, in the roundabout, take the salida 1 and continue in A-339. Alleyway of Bayarque. Then you have to cross Tíjola and follow the signs until you get Armuña de Almanzora.
Distances from Armuña de Almanzora
Tíjola 3 km
Serón 10 km
Gérgal 52 km
Lúcar 9,5 km
Almería 89 km
Purchena 6,5 km
Benahadux 79 km
Olula del Río 13 km
Olula de Castro 57 km