Almeria Province - Tíjola

Tíjola

Tíjola is also known as the Perla de Almanzora (the Pearl of the Almanzora), and offers visitors both a beautiful village centre and an amazing mountain landscape with ravines and pine forests. One of the best times to visit is on día de la Virgen de Fátima, when the streets are converted into coloured carpets ready for the grand procession.

This municipality was formed as an ancient Roman city, but its origins can be dated back to the Stone Age through the findings of tools and equipment from that period of time.

Things to See

Among the religious buildings in the town is the Santa Marta Church, built in the 17th Century and which, in addition to having a beautiful mudejar style framework, has been declared a National Monument.

Other buildings of worship include the San Cayetano chapel, constructed in the 16th Century on top of the remains of what was once a mosque, the shrine of the Virgin of Socorro, from the 17th Century, and the San Sebastian and San Antonio hermitages, both from the 16th Century.

The stately home of the Portocarrero bishop can also be found in the town, built between the 16th and 17th Centuries, and the antique castle, from which remains of the old wall, house and two reservoirs have been preserved.

Going back to prehistoric times, many live-in caves have been discovered, along with the archaeological sites of Pago del Prado (from the 4th millennium BC), Llano de los Blanquizales and Muela del Tío Félix (from the Neolithic times).

The town doesn´t have much in the way of arts and crafts, although some women´s associations dedicate themselves to dressmaking using lace.

Gastronomy

Gastronomically, the town has many dishes which are typical of the area, such as lamb´s leg stew, garlic soup, potaje blanco, gurullos (specially made pasta), migas (crumbs) and olla de trigo.

Celebrations

The festivities in Tíjola take place on 20th January in honour of San Sebastian; during the procession, donuts are thrown at the Saint from the balconies of the surrounding buildings and houses.

During Easter week, on Holy Wednesday, the Stations of the Cross (religious artistic representations) take place in every house of the town in which someone has fallen ill and on Resurrection Sunday a procession is organized and flowers are put all over the surrounding vegetable gardens. Furthermore, the day of San Marcos is celebrated on 25th April, with a day spent in the countryside where the traditional Easter pie is eaten.

How To Get There

Tíjola is located 100 kilometres from the city of Almería, from where you can exit along the ´Rambla de Belén´, take the A-7 and exit number 453 towards Granada. From there, continue along the A-92 taking exit number 376 towards Sorbas, linking onto the national road 340A. Once you are there, continue along the A-349, crossing Olula del Río and taking the A-334 you will arrive at your destination.

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