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Tabernas & Sierra Alhamilla

Tabernas & Sierra Alhamilla

Only 15km northeast of Almeria city is this largely barren and rugged 8,500ha mountain range, designated a protected natural area in 1989. Riven by deep gullies, particularly on its southern slopes, it rises to 1,387m at its highest point of the Colativí peak.

Sandwiched between the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Gador, Filabres and Alhamilla is one of the most dramatic landscapes in Spain, the desolate Desierto de Tabernas. The only semi-desert in Europe; there is a surreal, lunar quality about its wierdly eroded ravines, dry river beds and barren slopes apparently devoid of vegetation, bleached by the sun and occasionally singed with ochre hues.

Festivals in Velefique: Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Matanza, Hogueras de San Antón, Día de la Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa and Fiestas de Agosto.

In the eighth century, the Berbers of Queen La Kahima found refuge here, before being Romanized and Christianized like the Spanish from the southeast. From then until the twelfth century, some Mozarabic communities lived here in peace, and many went with King Alfonso “el Batallador” to repopulate the Ebro Valley in 1125-1126.

The Festivals in Uleila del Campo are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Romería Chica a Monteagud, Fiesta del Emigrante, Fiesta Patronal en Honor al Santo Cristo de las Penas and Fiesta de la Virgen del Pilar.

The Festivals in Turrillas are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas en Honor a San Antonio de Padua and Fiestas en Honor al Emigrante.