Almanzora

Almanzora

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

Taberno is situated at the foot of the El Madroño mountain range, in the north east of the Almeria province. It has around 1,000 inhabitants, of whom three quarters live in the village itself; the rest reside in its six outlying hamlets, the largest being Santopétar.

Suflí is famous for its fritá, made using tomatoes and peppers which are roasted in the traditional way before being bottled in a local factory and sold. This products is the basis of the Suflí economy. The village has around 200 inhabitants. Sfloy, Sofli and Suflí are all toponyms of Arabic origin that mean “those below”.

Somontín forms a natural balcony, known as the Balcón del Almanzora (Balcony of the Almanzora), overlooking the whole Almanzora Valley, a corner of Almería from which visitors can enjoy the beauty of the area. It has around 450 inhabitants.

Sierro sits in a small corner of the Almerian mountain range. The traces of previous ages are captured in its well-preserved streets, which are so narrow that cars cannot pass. This means that the village is entirely pedestrianised, with breathable air free from pollution. It has around 380 inhabitants.

Serón is situated on the northern slopes of the Sierra de los Filabres. At an altitude of just over 800m, it is one of the few Almerian towns that provide a perfect balance of rural tourism and the chance to be immersed in local culture. The town has around 2,000 inhabitants. Since prehistory, Serón has been settled by numerous cultures.

Purchena is known by many as the “Pearl of the Almanzora” for its fascinating cultural tourism. It has around 1,600 inhabitants. Copper Age settlements known as Churuletes and various Roman villas have been found in the Onegas area. Purchena was the capital of the Almanzora River during the Al-Andalus period and was founded, according to the chronicles, by the last Emir of Córdoba, Abdalah.

Partaloa stands out due to its surroundings; the abrupt, mountainous and rocky landscape of the Almanzora Valley give way to this town where the tranquility, whitewashed houses and fruitful vegetation are the main attractions. It has around 1,100 inhabitants. Partaloa has been settled by numerous cultures throughout history, all of which have left their footprint.

Oria is home to numerous archaeological remains, the vestiges of its turbulent past, which accompany a varied landscape of green areas and rock forms at the edge of the Sierra de las Estancias. From here, there are unrivalled, spectacular views of the province of Almería. The town has around 2,250 inhabitants. Archaeological remains have been found in the well-known area of El Picacho.

Olula del Río is the only town in the world where the pavements and street signs are all made from marble. This characteristic element of the town represents the role of Olula del Río as a major marble producer in Spain. It has around 6,200 inhabitants. The earliest traces of settlements found in Olula del Río are from the Neolithic and Copper Ages.