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Villages in Almeria

Huécija – Alpujarra Almeriense

Huécija is a municipality in the province of Almeria which has 563 inhabitants and is 30 km from the capital. The municipality of Huécija has an area of 19.02 km2.

The village is located at 36th 58 ‘North Latitude and 2o 36’ west longitude to 411 metres above sea level.

Huécija has an aristocratic and monastic history in the region, having been the area capital for over four centuries.

The meaning of the name is obscure in its origin, whether Latin or Arabic, but it appears that in the Muslim period it was called Guacimora, Güecixa and Güécija, and the name remains the same in the Arab/Andalusian periods.

In the late ninth century, the Yemeni Huécija colonized the area and farmed a larger area called Urs al-Yaman. Later, in the Moorish period it was part of the taha de Marchena.

In 1489, the Catholic Monarchs ceded the Marchena taha to Don Gutierrez de Cardenas and Chacon. His son would be named the first duke of Maqueda.

Before the War of the Alpujarras (1568-1570), Huécija had 138 households, two ovens, three mills, five olive oil mills, a tavern and two churches. This data gives an idea of the importance of this large farmhouse and land. After the war and the subsequent expulsion of the Moors from the Kingdom of Granada, repopulation was begun with 50 residents from Western Andalusia and Levante.

There was a gradual increase in population during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It is noteworthy that during these two centuries great importance was given to this town because of the annual fair of horses and other domestic animals, a tradition that would continue until the nineteenth century.

The nineteenth century was characterized by the abolition of the feudal system in 1835, which brought the legal-administrative independence as a municipality. As in many other municipalities in the province, the Ohanes grape monoculture spread in the second half of the century. By 1910 the municipality had grown to 1,138 inhabitants, however the activity of a grape monoculture came to an end in the 1960’s
This activity ended due to the successive crises of the twentieth century.

Huécija Monuments

The Church of the Convent of the Augustinians

The Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation, the 16th century in the Mudejar style, later additions were baroque and neoclassical.

Tower Fortress with the Imperial Sheild of the Emperor Charles I.

Archaeological Sites

Explore the extraordinary archaeological wealth of the area that amounts to thousands of sites.

Cerro de Marchena.
Roman Villa

Town planning

Irrigation system through the streets.

Huécija Gastronomy

Not to be forgotten are the famous hornazos of San Marcos – a typical traditional recipe belonging to many regions in Spain.  The hornazos are small loaves of bread made with oil and garnished with egg. This hornazo was served to young men and women working in the fields on April 25th –the day of San Marcos to “scare the devil” who was thought to be responsible for bad weather and pests that ruined crops.According to tradition the egg had to be broken on the head of the most confused in the village.

Other regional dishes
Lenten soups with codfish balls followed by fried Roscos (twisted dough rings) and bunuelos (doughnuts) served with anis. Alpujarreña fry; sausages; lamb stew. Cocina marea, which literally means “kitchen tide”; turnip potwithbeans, pork cheeks, sausage, ham and saffron. Onions with pork liver; tabirnas colores, which is a potato stew with red peppers; onions and garlic and kid with garlic.
Roscos -a sweet twisted bread roll especially for Easter but popular anytime.; soplillos -small puffs of egg and almonds; honey muffins ; rosquilla- a different type of doughnut to bunuelas and of course abundant grapes and oranges.


Exit Almeria in the Huércal direction, continue on highway 340. Follow direction: Almería – E-15 – N-340 – Nijar – Murcia. At the roundabout, take exit 1 Continue: A-92A in the direction: A-92 – BenahaduxGuadix. Continue along: A-92A, follow signs to Benahadux. Take Benahadux exit towards Alhama de Almería. Once Alhama you will find Alicún and Huécija.

Distances from Huécija

Illar 7.5 km
Gádor 15km
Alhabia 14km
Almería 30km
Alsodux 15km
Instinción 9.5 km
Benahadux 18km
Bentarique 9.5 km

Huécija - Almería


Town Hall of Huécija - Casa Consistorial

Plaza de las Palmeras de Huécija

Anunciación Parish Church

Anunciación Parish Church - Huécija

Húecija Laundries

House of María de los Ángeles y Lonja

Casa de María de los Ángeles y Lonja

4 comentarios

  1. Pedro Amate Huertas escribio:

    El apellido Amat al salir del Reino de Valencia ,se le agregó la ” e ” ,y se convirtió en un apellido castellano de origen catalán : Amate.

  2. éric Garrido Amat escribio:

    Bonjour , ma mère s’appelle AMAT , sa généalogie remonte jusqu’à Bernardo Amate Seigneur Baron de Elda et Elx .
    Je voudrais savoir si Bernardo AMATE et Bernat AMAT de Claramunt sont les mêmes personnes ?
    Merci Salutations

  3. Pedro Amate escribio:

    Rectificación y aclaración:

    Pedro Amate Duarte ; casó con su prima tercera, Sebastiana Amate Añon

    Sebastiana, era bisnieta de Usias Amat Camarasa y de su esposa, Isabel Domínguez.
    Hija de Juan Amate Pérez y de Josefa Añon Amate.( primos hermanos ).

    Juan era hijo de Félix Amate Domínguez y de Felisa Pérez. Y Josefa, era hija de Gines Añon Cortés, y de Ángela Amate Domínguez.

    Félix Amate Domínguez, y Ángela Amate Domínguez ; abuelo paterno y abuela materna ,respectivamente de Sebastiana Amate Añon. ( Hijos de Usias Amat Camarasa, y de Isabel. Domínguez. )

    Los hijos de Pedro Amate Duarte, y de Sebastiana Amate Añon: Andrés , y Pedro Amate Amate ; eran tataranietos dé los dos hermanos qué llegaron a Huecija procedentes de.
    Bocairent. ( Valencia ).Amador Amat Camarasa, y Usias Amat Camarasa. En 1.573.


  4. Pedro Amate escribio:

    Buenas noches y feliz Navidad a todos los huecijanos.

    A Huecija llegaron mis antepasados: Bartolomé Amat y Juana Camarasa con sus dos hijos ; Amador Amat Camarasa y Usias Amat Camarasa ; procedentes de Bocairent ( Valencia) . En. 1.573.

    Amador, casó con Juana Marín de Ayala en 1.576 ; y en 1.577 nació Juan Amate Marín.

    Juan casó en segundas nupcias en 1.607 con Juana Cortés López ; y en 1.615 nació Andrés Amate Cortés.

    Andrés casó en 1.637 con Ana Duarte Soria ; y en 1.643 nació Pedro Amate Duarte.

    Pedro casó con su prima tercera, Sebastiana Amate Añon ( bisnieta de Usias Amat Camarasa) .Hija de Juan Amate Pérez, y Josefa Amate Añon (primos hermanos) .Juan, hijo de Félix. Amate Pérez, y Josefa, hija de Ángela Amate Domínguez ( hijos de Usias Amat Camarasa y de Isabel Domínguez) .
    Casaron en 1.670.En 1.675 nació Andrés, y en 1.679 nació Pedro Amate Amate.

    En 1.693 murió Pedro Amate Duarte a los 50 años.Sebastiana casó en segundas nupcias con un señor dé un pueblo cercano y procedente de Valdepeñas de Jaén.

    Andrés y Pedro , menores de edad marcharon con su madre a Valdepeñas de Jaén. Pedro casó el 4 de Noviembre de 1.700 con Juana Gertrudis Sánchez Valero ; y en 1.707 nació Pedro Amate Sánchez.

    Pedro casó con Narcisa de Torres Marchal en 1.731 ; y en 1.737 nació Juan Pedro Amate de Torres.

    Juan Pedro casó en 1.761 con Francisca Villen Madera ; y en 1.762 nació Pedro José Amate Villen.

    Pedro José casó con Ana Escabias Espinosa en 1.782 ; y en 1.785 nació Pedro Amate Escabias.

    Pedro casó en 1.809 con María Pariente Santiago ; y en 1.818 nació Pedro Amate Pariente.

    Pedro casó en 1.842 con Fabiana de La Fuente Rosales ; y nacieron: José, 1.846.Juana, 1.848, y Pedro Amate de La Fuente, en 1.850.

    Pedro casó en 1.874 con María Josefa Santiago Pérez. Nacieron, 14 hijos, entre ellos Pedro Amate Santiago en 1.885.

    Pedro casó en 1.909 con Dulcenombre López Marchal ; y tuvo 10 hijos: Pedro. Ricardo, Alejo,Francisco, Antonio, Manuel, María Josefa,José, Juana y Cristóbal.

    Antonio Amate López, casó con María del Carmen Huertas Torres en 1.951 ; y tuvo 3 hijos: Pedro, Dulcenombre y Juan. Mis padres.

    Un cordial saludo a la Señora Amat Alcaldesa de Huecija ; seguro qué somos parientes lejanos.


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