Almeria Province - Olula del Río

Olula Del Río

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This is the only town in the world where the pavements and street signs are all made from marble. This is a characteristic element of the town that has made Olula Del Río stand out as one of the most important marble producers in Spain.

History

Given it´s privileged geographical location, many remains of previous settlers have been found in this town, dating back to Neolithic times. The most important archaeological site can be seen at the Humosa Cave (Cueva de la Humosa).

However, the origins of the current inhabitants date back to the times of Arab domination, in fact the morphology of the streets has even been preserved and kept intact from this time. Remains of a reservoir and an antique fortress complete the history of Olula Del Río.

There are many beautiful places that one must not overlook when visiting this town; this is the case with the San Sebastian Church, famous for being built completely out of marble in a Neoclassical style.

The other building of religious carácter is the Iglesia de la Asunción which you can reach after walking through the streets of the town; full of historical mementos, like the white colour of its houses and the grills that adorn them. These are, without a doubt, fundamental elements of its landscape.

The hills of Fraile and Hondo naturally stand out from the surroundings of the town, just like the Garganta del Maimón. These are perfect places to go hiking, with various signaled routes.

Accommodation

Olula Del Río is a popular destination for tourists and, not surprisingly, has a quality hotel located in the town itself (shown below), as well as a budget hostal called Hostal Diamante, also located in town. 

Hotel Jardines La TejeraHotel Jardines La Tejera

Hotel Jardines la Tejera is a four-star hotel surrounded by attractive gardens and terraces. It offers an elegant restaurant and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi access. Free parking and a 24-hour reception are among the many services on offer.

 

Arts & Crafts

The arts and crafts are, unsurprisingly, based fundamentally on work with marble, along with the towns economy. 

Gastronomy

The local gastronomy consists of dishes and delicacies made with pork, such as black pudding or chorizo, and of course the traditional Easter pie. 

Celebrations

In the calendar of local festivities there are various important dates, such as the San Sabastián and San Idelfonso celebrations, in January, and the waterwheel celebrations. 

How To Get There

Olula del Río is 80 kilometres from Almería and to get there, take the A-7 towards Granada, then the A-92 towards Sorbas. Continue and get onto the A-349 which will take you to the town. 



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