Lucainena de las Torres
Lucainena de las Torres – Sierra Alhamilla Village
Lucainena de las Torres is located to the north of Sierra Alhamilla, bordering with the natural landscapes of Cabo de Gata, Sierra Cabrera and Sierra Alhamilla. The climate in summer is cool and pleasant. It is to 53 km. from Almería capital by accessing the N-340 and to 553 meters above sea level.
The village is located at 37o 02 ‘North Latitude and 2o 12’ West Longitude. It has an area of 123.20 km2, being its Barriadas Polópos and Rambla Honda, and its census in 1996 of 588 inhabitants.
Its inhabitants are called Lucainenses. The main productive activity is cereals, olive tree and sheep.
The origin of this village located in Sierra Alhamilla is from the Hispano-Roman period, as it is determined by the archaeological remains found around the place, possibly where it was located Lucainus’ patrician villa, a name that defines and creates the actual place name.
During the Middle Ages, the town is part of the call Tierra de Níjar, which spread like a triangle between Cabo de Gata, Agua Amarga and Lucainena de las Torres, and consists of five parts: Níjar, Huebro, Inox, Tarbal and Lucainena, with top in Níjar that gave the region its name. The castle and towers that have always surrounded Lucainena confirm its presence throughout the centuries and completed its name.
After the victory of the Catholic Monarchs in 1489, these lands were granted under the estate of Don Enrique Enríquez, Ferdinand’s uncle. This estate is called Estado de Tahal, which was part Lucainena together with 13 other places located in the Sierra de los Filabres, except Lucainena, located in Sierra Alhamilla .. The XVI century was characterized by social and political conflicts that will cause an economic and demographic crisis.
In the XVII century a new temple is built under the patronage of Santa María, although its patron saint is the Virgen of Montesión. During the XVII century the manor of Tahal was ceded, for wedding or sale, to the Marquis de Aguilafuente, he was also Duke of Abrantes, and belongs to the party of Baza.
The XIX century had great changes, the abolition of the feudal systems and the rise of mining, which will provide a new municipal system and economic growth in the buildings carried out during this period; apart from those related with mining, in 1837 it is also built a new cemetery.
Life was guided, from the second half of the XIX century towards a plural society that saw its best reflection in the wide variety of professions and trades that proliferated in the village: lawyers, solicitors, notaries, doctors, pharmacists, concurred with the main ancestral activity, agriculture, although these dates have a wide variety of trades due to the proved existence of textile mills, oil and flour mills, soap and brandy factories, pottery, and a flourishing trade: there were mentioned up to 15 stores with a variety of genres: species, seeds, cloth and clothing in general.
Árbol Centenario (Centenary Tree)
Lavadero Público (Washing Place)
Lucainena de las Torres Gastronomy
Gurullos de conejo (a kind of noodles). Pelotas de maíz. Partridge stew. Pumpkin Soup. Wheat porridge. Jormigones. Soup of cod cakes. Fish broth with noodles. Kid with garlic. Sausages. Garlic soup from Almería. Pimentón o caldo coloraó (a kind of fish casserole). Olla de trigo (a stew with grains of wheat and seasoned with fennel). Gazpachuelo a lo pobre. Cocido en morcilla. Gurullos (rural dish consisting mainly of bread soaked crumbs, drained and fried in lard and ingredients such as garlic, sausage and bacon among others).
Sweets: Rosco. Cream buns. Puff pastries. Small pasties. Alfajores (small sponge cake filled with creamy toffee). Cuajao de almendras.
Wines: Grape juices, homemade light red and red wines.
How to get there
You have to exit Almería, take the road to Granada and cross Huércal of Almería. Go straight on, take the national road N-340 towards: Huércal de Almería – Almería – E-15 – N-340 – Nijar – Murcia. At the roundabout take the salida 1 and continue along: A-92A towards: A-92 – Benahadux – Guadix. Alleyway of Benahadux. At the roundabout, take the salida 3 and continue along: A-92 towards Guadix – Granada. Take the exit towards: Exit 373/376 – Tabernas – Murcia – N-340a. At the roundabout take the salida 2 and continue along: N-340A. Pass near Tabernas. Turn right: AL-130, then take ALP-721 and you get Lucainena de las Torres.
Distances from Lucainena de las Torres
Níjar 20 km
Turre 40 km
Sorbas 12 km
Lubrín 31 km
Almería 53 km
Turrillas 8 km
Benizalón 34 km
Los Gallardos 36 km
Uleila del Campo 24 km