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María

María

Designated a natural park in 1987, the Sierra María-Los Vélez occupies the eastern end of the Cordillera Subbética in the north of Almeria province. It covers 22,670ha, a landscape of impressive contrasts, with its arid, moon-like plains overlooked by the Sierra's rocky summits, which are white with snow in winter, and the dry, barren south-facing slopes compared to its densely wooded north-facing ones.

Festivals in Mária: Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Semana Santa, Fiesta de Primavera en Honor a la Virgen de la Cabeza, Fiestas de Moros y Cristianos, Fiestas de Santa Quiteria, Olimpiadas de Verano and Jornadas Gastronómicas.

María forms part of the Parque Natural Sierra de María-Los Vélez and is one of the area’s greatest attractions. It has an interesting archaeological heritage, especially present in the cave paintings in Cueva de Haza and the Iberian population at El Pasico. It has about 1200 inhabitants.