FUENTE LA LANCHA
By Saskia Mier
Fuente la Lancha is rich in typical eighteenth century architecture such as the Casa Partida de Juan Palomo. The town has about 345 inhabitants.
Fuente la Lancha must have been created around 1480. There is no previous news regarding a population nuclei; however, the origin of its place name, La Lancha, also dates to the fifteenth century when the population grew due to a strong demographic expansion occurring in the Los Pedroches region.
In 1594, Fuente la Lancha was part of Tierra de Belalcázar in the Province of Trujillo. It was part of the village of Hinojosa del Duque until, in 1820, it reached full municipal independence, at the request of its inhabitants, and the town title appeared.
During the civil war, the XXII corps of the Republican Army camped on land belonging to Fuente la Lancha, its soil being part of one of the last great land battles of the war: la ofensiza de Extremadura. The Moroccan army took possession of Fuente la Lancha for the rebel side in 1939, together with Hinojosa del Duque, Belalcázar, Villanueva del Duque, El Viso, etc.
THINGS TO SEE
Iglesia de Santa Catalina
The church seems to have been built at the beginning of the sixteenth century, as suggested by the style of the doorways. The tower, however, has been dated to the first decades of the same century. Located in Plaza de Sotomayor Y Zuñiga.
In the centre, some monuments and places of interest for the visitor are beautifully conserved and show how much the town has resisted past times. The famous eighteenth century houses (casas dieciochescas) feature many elements of this century, such as Casa Partida de Juan Palomo.
THINGS TO SEE OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE
Ermita de Santo Domingo
Located south of Fuente la Lancha.
The charm of this town is not only restricted to its urban centre as its natural surroundings, formed by poplar trees, are a perfect environment to enjoy nature. It is also a passing point for a famous hiking route that runs from Alcaracejos to Hinojosa del Duque.
Local dishes to try when visiting Fuentes la Lancha are: escabeche de bacalao (marinated cod), pisto (tomato salad), lechón frito (fried veal), migas (fried bread usually served with chorizo) and relleno (stuffed pork). Sweet treats include gachas (sweet pudding), buñuelos and roscos fritos (sweet pastries coated in honey or sugar).
Cabalgata Reyes Magos
Three Kings procession celebrated on the evening of 5 January.
Fiesta de la Candelaria
Celebrated on 3 February.
Celebrated in February.
Romería Virgen de Guía
Celebrated the first weekend of May.
Feria y Fiestas de Santo Domingo de Guzmán
Celebrated the first week of August.
Celebrated on 2 November.
Fiesta de Sta. Catalina
Celebrated on 25 November.