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Cuevas del Almanzora

Villages in Almeria

Cuevas del Almanzora

Cuevas del Almanzora is located to the north-east of Almería. It has an area of 263 km2, bordered on Vera y Antas to the south and west, on Huercal-Overa to the north and Pulpí; on the Mediterranean Sea to the east, along 14 kilometres of coast. In its municipal area you can observe the Cuevas de Almanzora Reservoir and Dam.

As for the history of Cuevas del Almanzora it can be read in its stones, in its archaeological sites and monuments. The Neolithic, the stage of the trade towns (Phoenicians and Carthaginians), the Roman control, the later Arab invasion, the conversion to Christianity… have left us a rich heritage that nowadays it want to be showed the visitor with the changed splendour that give it its care and esteem.

The XIX century had many important events. The discovery, in the first half of that century, of native silver in Sierra Almagrera was an authentic salutary lesson in the historical development of the locality. Then, there was an unprecedented urban development that covered with bourgeois small palaces, magnificently built, the centre of the city. The visitor who decides to spend a pleasant time could enjoy the adornment of their facades or the exquisite details of its original rejería (Manufactory of the iron-work of grates, doors, or windows). But this period of mining splendour also has left us numerous examples of industrial archaeology, spread on both slopes of Sierra Almagrera, and only where it overlooks the sea allows the visitor a comfortable and easy access.

A cultural treasure like this one deserved to be located within a physical space equally wonderful. Fifteen kilometres of coastline, from Palomares to the Pozo del Esparto, offering visitors the chance to enjoy open and sandy beaches, or venture into the discovery of small and delightful coves that preserve the beauty of the little frequented places. The interior of Sierra Almagrera towards the west shows the traveller scattered farmhouses whitewashed where you can still relish the attachment of its people to the land that sustains them.

Traditional farming works, water mills still in use, old farmhouses and hospitable people are a powerful lure for lovers of rural tourism.

The climate of this land, with long droughts and torrential rains, has sculpted a landscape that, not for arid, it stops being beautiful and spectacular. However, the visitor will be surprised with the appearance of fertile plains, a Moorish legacy of those sages who first cultivated them, where the traditional irrigated agriculture shares place with the modern farming techniques. In recent years, with the Almanzora dam construction and water supply and irrigation infrastructures, the municipality that may turn it into one of the main sources of agricultural development in the province.

Past and future, sea and land, landscape and history, place and people conspire to make the visitor’s stay an unforgettable experience that, certainly, it will satisfy the most demanding prospects.

Monuments

Castle of El Marques de Los Vélez
Church of Ntra. Sra. de la Encarnación
Church of San Sebastián
Convent of San Francisco
Church Convent of San Antonio Abad
Hermitage of San Diego o El Calvario
Casa Solariega de Los Lissa
Town Hall
Small Palace of Los Grano de Oro
Castle of Villaricos
Small Palace of Los Toledo o Felipe II
Small Palace of Los Figuera
Small Palace of Los Soler
Small Palace of Torcuato Soler Bolea
Fortress La Sultana
Ethnographic Cave-Museum
Archaeological Local Museum
contemporary Art Museum Antonio Manuel Campoy

Gastronomy

One of the best dishes is, undoubtedly the ajo colorado that, despite being prepared and consumed all over Almería, it has some characteristics that makes it different. The basic ingredients are fish, meat and the vegetables.

Another of our delicious culinary identities is the olla de trigo, native of the old Baria (Villaricos), when the fields were full of yellow ears. Among its ingredients we have to emphasize the pork and its by-products, like the pork fat, the ear, pig’s feet, the spine, the tail and the blood sausages. We can add the vegetables that constitute an energetic and tasty dish.

The guiso de pelotas, is a substantial dish that combines the slaughter products with the cereals; the spicy pork sausage, the pork fat and the rasher are mixed, previously fried lightly in the same oil the dried peppers, with the cornmeal, with that pastry is made a kind of big meatballs that are called “pelotas”. These meatballs are served in a vegetable stew that remembers its rural origin.

One of our oldest dishes are the gurullos con conejo, its origin goes back to the Moslim period, moment in which certain dishes like the Kinafa, whose base are the noodles, is developing and replacing those for some tiny portion of pastry, similar, in size and shape to the grains of rice. The wheat flour, mixed with water, olive oil and salt, makes up a pastry from what it is made long strips for, then, cut them with the tip of the fingers, shaping like a grain of rice, although a bit longer. The rest of the ingredients come from the vegetable garden: tomato, onion, green pepper, red pepper, garlic, potatoes and haricot beans. However, it could happen that in game time, the rabbit is replaced by the hare, with tough meat but delicious.

Sweets:
Gurullos, Hornazos, Casildos, Alfajores de almendra 

How tot get there

You have to exit Almería, continue in: N-344 and take E-15 / A-7 towards: Níjar – Murcia – N-340. Take the exit towards: Salida 471 – San José de Escobar – Tanatorio – Parque Natural Cabo de Gata – Níjar. Turn left in ALP-204. Alleyway of Viso. Then cross Campohermoso, follow straight on and turn right in E-15 / A-7 towards: Vera – Murcia. You have to follow towards: Salida 516 – Sorbas – N-324 – Guadix. Take the exit towards: Salida 529 – Vera. In the roundabout, take the salida 1 and continue in: N-340A towards: via de servicio. In the area around Vera, take the A-352. In Martinete, take A-332 / Carretera de la Garrucha-Aguilas and continue until you get Cuevas del Almanzora.

Distances

To Almería 92 km
To Los Castaños 30 km
To Mojácar 23 km
To Antas 11 km
To Turre 24 km
To Los Gallardos 19 km
To Vera 7 km
To Lubrín 29 km
To Aljariz 11 km
To Palomares 11 km


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