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Vélez Blanco

Vélez Blanco

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.

The Tourist Office of Vélez Blanco is located in the Oficina Municipal de Turismo, Almacén del Trigo, Avenida Marqués de los Vélez.

Festivals in Vélez Blanco: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Las Máscaras, La Candelaria, Día de San Blas, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Día de San Isidro, Feria Medieval, Día de San Ignacio and more.

The first local traces of the Iberian people date from the sixth and seventeenth centuries B.C. The Roman era was characterized by the proliferation of these villas through the whole area. Their occupation lasted from the first century to the fifth. In the Al-Andalus period, Vélez Blanco began to grow in importance due to its strategic position, with the name Velad al-Abyadh./p>

They are in a still better state of preservation, but you may only visit them with a guide. However, if you're interested, the tourist information office at Vélez Rubio, or the town hall at Vélez Blanco can advise on a guide who will provide you with a rope and ladder to get you up the sheer rock face; which is one of the reasons of course, why they have survived more or less intact.

Vélez Blanco nestles at the foot of a rocky outcrop forming part of the Sierra de María-Los Velez Natural Park and the Ruta de los Castillos (route of castles) through Andalusia. It is as a popular destination for lovers of both rural tourism and sports, as well as culture and history enthusiasts. It has about 1900 inhabitants.

Hotel Casa de los Arcos features accommodation in Vélez Blanco. Each accommodation at the 3-star hotel has river views, and guests can enjoy access to a shared lounge and to a terrace. This pet-friendly hotel also has free WiFi. At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Hotel Casa de los Arcos offers a continental or vegetarian breakfast.María is 9 km from the accommodation.