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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.

The Festivals in Olula de Castro are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa and Fiestas en Honor a la Virgen de Patrocinio.

The origins of Olula de Castro date to prehistoric times, evidenced by some rock engravings found at Huerto del Moro or de los Rodeos. Between the seventh and eighth centuries, Romanized and Christian Berbers arrived from Africa, known as Yarawás, under the command of Queen La Kahima, who, settled in the Sierra de los Filabres.

The Festivals in Tahal are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas del Verano and Fiestas del Santo Cristo del Consuelo.

The Tourist Office of Tabernas is located in Avenida de las Angustias (Wild West style Saloon building), opening from Monday to Sunday.

The festivals in Tabernas are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, San Sebastián, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas de San Marcos, Romería de San Isidro, Fiestas de San Juan and Feria de Tabernas en Honor a la Virgen de las Angustias.

It is believed that the village’s name comes from Thabernax, named for the Greek legions, because it was the place where the troops were supplied in many inns or sales. Prehistoric settlements have been found, such as the town of Terrera Ventura (2850-1950 B.C), a Neolithic agro-pastoral and livestock settlement.

The Festivals in Senés are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiestas en Honora El Divino Rostro y Fiesta del Emigrante.