CASTRO DE FILABRES
Castro de Filabres is situated in a riverbed between the Sierra Alhamilla and the Sierra de Gádor, an ideal environment for nature lovers to enjoy rural tourism. In the whitewashed village, where the houses all have flat roofs, the most striking building is the Iglesia de la Virgen del Rosario, built in the Mudejar style. The town has about 120 inhabitants.
The history of Castro de Filabres dates to the Roman era, although there are some vestiges of prehistoric times, particularly from the Copper Age. Remains of polished stone instruments with axes, known as “Lightning Stones” , have also been found, made with a material called diorite. More>
THINGS TO SEE
Centro de Interpretación de la Arquitectura Tradicional
The Interpretation Center of Traditional Architecture aims to spread the values of traditional architecture in the Sierra de Filabres, especially the slate roof designs seen in the municipalities of Castro de Filabres, Senés and Velefique. Visitors can take a tour of the main characteristics of this style of architecture, both the construction itself and its bioclimatic qualities, as well as the lifestyle of the people who inhabit it. The centre sits over a unique water deposit, with an open mine that can be seen at the entrance to the basement. The mine is a gallery carved out of the rock, on the slopes of the mountains, with a channel drawing the water outside. Located on Calle Barranco.
Iglesia de Santa María del Rosario
The Mudejar-style church was built in the first half of the seventeenth century and has been restored on several occasions. It was erected in 1505, but disappeared in 1570 after the Moorish Rebellion and the depopulation of the mountains. It was then annexed to the neighbouring town of Velefique and remained so until 1900, when it was reestablished as a parish with the title of Santa María del Rosario. Located in Plaza del Pueblo.
This route is a total of 109km, passing through the towns of Alcudia de Monteagud, Benitagla, Benizalón, Castro de Filabres, Lucainena de las Torres, Senés, Tabernas, Tahal, Uleila del Campo and Velefique. However, different stages of the route can be enjoyed by themselves, such as the 12.8km route in the Castro de Filabres area.
Visitors to Castro de Filabres should try local dishes such as gachas de harina (semolina flour made into a paste and seasoned with spices), caldo de tomate y piminetos asados (tomato soup with roasted peppers), gurullos (pasta stew), ojuelas (cod stew) and talvina (a savoury meal made with flour and water served with croutons). Sweet treats include tostones (fried bread soaked in orange juice).
Popular festivals in Castro de Filabres are Fiesta del Emigrante, Fiestas de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Semana Santa and Fiestas de Octubre. More>