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Marmolejo

Villages in Jaen

Marmolejo

Marmolejo belongs to the region of La Campiña that is located in the west of it, bordering on Córdoba.

The closets municipalities to Marmolejo are: Arjonilla, Andújar, Lopera, Villa del Río, Arjona, Lahiguera, Cardeña and Montoro.

The northern area of the municipal district is full of woodland (Sierra Morena); a sector of this area integrates with the Sierras de Andújar Natural Park. The southern area have the cultivated lands where we can find mostly olive groves, although in the fertile lowlands of the River Guadalquivir have many importance the irrigated lands, such as the maize, cotton, the lucerne and a wide range of horticultural products.

The stockbreeding is very important due to the presence of a big bovine farming with a semi-stabling milk exploitation. The economy in Marmolejo is based on the agriculture, the stockbreeding, the forest and hunting use, and the hotel trade connected with the passenger traffic from the Motorway of Andalucía. We can emphasize its Church of Nuestra Señora de la Paz, built between XIV and XVIII centuries.

The origin of Marmolejo comes from the Carthaginians Period. It was founded by them in 462 B.C. with the name of Utica, in memory of another town that was in Africa.

From 288, it was see. In 923 Santa Eugenia, a native of Córdoba, suffered martyrdom.

In 1791 Carlos IV awarded it the title of Villa.

Marmolejo will be famous above all for its medicinal waters. In the middle of XVIII century the French doctor called Tissot would write in one of his books the usefulness of these waters for the cure of different illness.

Monuments

Seaside resort of Marmolejo.

Church of Nuestra Señora de la Paz, XVII century.

Hermitage of Jesús.

Marmolejo Archaeological Sites

Different sites with remains from the Roman Period.

Castle of La Aragonesa. In the area around there were found Roman and Arab coins.

Roman bridge.

Town Planning

A village in a mountain.

Main Square of the town.

Important places in the town: Campiña, Cerrada, Estación de Marmolejo and San Julián.

Fountain of La Paz.

Gastronomy

Ajoblanco (cold soup with bread, crushed almonds, garlic, water, olive oil, salt and vinegar). Pipirrana (salad with onion, tomato and cucumber). Potatoes with paprika. Andrajos (a stew of cake flour with a sauce of tomato, onion, garlic, red pepper) of hare. Kid with ajo cabañil (crushed garlic). Oatmeal porridges with aniseed. Chachepol. Imilces. Turcas.

Cascaflote, stew of cabbages, stew of beans, perrunas.

Wines.

How to get there

From Córdoba (Take the Motorway of Andalucía E-5) 79 Km., around 30 minutes

From Madrid (Take the Motorway of Andalucía E-5) 323 Km., around 2´45 hours

Distances

Jaén 53 km
Bailén 38 km
Arjona 22 km
Lopera 17 km
Andújar 11 km
Mengíbar 40 km
Villa del Río (Córdoba) 16 km


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