Almeria Province - Turre

Turre

Although many remains have been found from the Neolithic, Copper, Middle, Celtic, Iberian and Roman ages, the town of Turre was born in the 16th Century as a result of a plan of repopulation ordered by Felipe II after the expulsion of the Moors.

Among the monuments in this Almerian town is the Parish Church of the Most Pure, built in the 16th Century in a mudéjar style and refurbished in the 18th Century. A similar building in the Chapel of San Francisco of Asis, built in the 17th Century.

Another great opportunity that Turre offers its visitors is the chance to see its numerous archaeologial sites, one of which stands out above the rest; Cerro de Castellón, with remains from the argaric population in Gata. There are numerous other sights with various Hispanic-Muslim characteristics and remains.The cultural heritage of Turre is not complete without the moorish Spring, the remains of a mosque and a reservoir, both from 12th Century, and the caves of Palmera and the Bats. 

Handicrafts in the town are usually made out of straw or brass, and there is also the production of all types of decorations with lace.

Gastronomy

The typical gastronomic menus in Turre consist of dishes such as breadcrumbs with bits of meat, meatballs, special pasta (gurullos) with rabbit and partridge, wheat stew, ´caracoles´, fritailla and garlic soup. The desserts, too, are far from disappointing, as those with a sweet tooth have to try the local ´tallinas´.

Hotels

Turre itself does not have much in terms of accommodation, however there are some beautiful bed and breakfasts (shown below) and a few luxurious self-catering options available in the surrounding countryside. The nearby town of Mojácar has an abundance of hotels and accommodation, located just a short drive away.

Cortijo el Nacimiento del RincónCortijo el Nacimiento del Rincón

This Bed and Breakfast features rustic-style rooms and is located close to the Cortijo Grande Golf Club. It offers a garden, a terrace and an outdoor seasonal pool that fills naturally from the nearby River Aguas. Yoga and meditation classes can be organised. 

 

Meditteraneo ParkCortijo El Sarmiento

Set in the countryside, 10 minutes’ drive from Mojácar and the coast, this guesthouse features an outdoor pool, a restaurant and air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. It offers free bikes and is located just outside the town of Turre.

 

Golf

For a course that will satisfy golfers looking for a game with an unspoiled view of the lesser developed Almerian countryside then the Cortijo Grande Golf Resort is perfect and is the only course in Turre.

Celebrations

At the beginning of October, between the 3rd and 6th, Turre celebrates its main fiestas in honour of San Francisco de Asís. Here, there is a running of horses with ribbons, a big tradition, of which Turre is the only one of the little villages that still carries it on, bringing in people from all over the district. For this celebration, the stable girls embroider ribbons and tie them to the street edges and the horse riders have to pin them down. Traditionally, many engagements would come from this act, between the girls that made the ribbons and the boys that caught them. Other special celebrations belonging to the town are the San Isidro pilgrimage, which is celebrated on the 15th May.

How To Get There

Turre is located 84 kilometres from Almería city, from where one can exit along the Rambla de Belén and take the A-7 motorway towards Granada. Take exit number 520 towards Turre. Once you are on the A-370, link onto the AL-150, which will take you to your destination.

By Paz Rosado

Translated by Charlie Edwards

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