Almeria Province - Cantoria


It´s in the town of Cantoria where Don Juan of Austria established his main encampment and where his people actively participated in the removal of the Moors in 16th Century.

Among the religious buildings in Cantoria lies the Church of the Virgen de los Dolores, built in 19th Century in a neoclassical style and which has paintings of great value on its interior, previously owned by the Prado Museum. Other religious buildings include the Convento de la Divina Infantita, which today is home to the town´s library and a retirement home. The San Cayetano and San Antón Chapel, constructed in 18th Century, and the parish church of Our Lady of Carmen, from the 19th Century, are also worth a visit.

In the archaeological site of Piedra del Lugar Viejo, remains from the Roman and Nasrid times have been found. Along with these, there is the Castillo de Cantoria, from which the remains of the tower, the wall and a small turret have been preserved. Another monument is La Torreta, a tower of great masonry and stonework from the 14th Century.

The architectural heritage of Cantoria is not complete without the Marqués de Almanzora Palace, built in the 19th Century and declared an official Historic and Artistic Monument, and the Saavedra Theatre, one of the most important in the whole province.

Arts & Crafts

Marble work is very important across the whole town and it is the only handicrafts work that you will find in this town, made by the local residents.


The varied gastronomy of Cantoria offers dishes such as cantorian gazpacho (cold soup), migas, rice with rabbit meat, rabbit cooked in garlic, garlic tortilla, black pudding stew, garlic potatoes and meat with cantorian salsa.


The celebrations in this Almerian town start on 27 January for the day of San Antonio Abad, in which they make bonfires to burn what they don´t use and the wheelbarrow drivers throw fireworks.

On the Sunday of Resurrection there is an afternoon celebration of snacks and tea and for Corpus Christi there is a large procession. In the month of August, between the 6th and 9th, there are celebrations in honour of San Cayetano.

Every Sunday and festive day in October, a particularly festive month, the Rosario of Aurora takes place and in the month of November, the feria is celebrated from 20th until 25th.


Cantoria is located 132 kilometres from the city of Almeria, from where you should take the A-7 towards Granada, taking the 547 exit towards Albox. From there, continue along the A-334 and link onto the A-8200, which will take you to your destination.

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