by Saskia Mier
Badolatosa contains two important reservoirs that have been deemed internationally important since 1982. It has about 3,100 inhabitants.
The origin of Badolatosa came from Roman civilization. In 45 BC, after the Battle of Munda, where Julius Caesar fought against Pompey and his sons, the Roman Emperor decided to punish rebellious cities, such as Urso (Osuna). It is believed he crossed the Genil River and passed through where the current village is, then known as "Vadus Latus". The town was born as a group of houses with the name of Vado de las Chozas.
The current denomination of Badolatosa came from the Arabic word, "Badolatonsa", meaning "wet back". Towards the end of 1500, the nucleus of the town began to develop around the current church. It prospered from the sixteenth century when it was awarded to the Marquesado de Estepa, granted by King Felipe II in 1562 to the General of Mar Marcos Centurión. By phonetic contraction, the name Vado de las Choza joined together to become, Vadolatoza. At the end of the eighteenth century, it was written with a 'B', although keeping the 'z', Badolatoza. The current name appeared for the first time in 1855.
THINGS TO SEE
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Socorro
The church dates to the seventeenth century, although various refurbishments have taken place. It has images and paintings of that century. Located on Calle Lenin.
A large house of the late nineteenth century, possibly 1899, suggesting the ironwork design of the gate. Until the 1990s, it belonged to the Santaella Gonzálvez family, a wealthy family which is why it is also called the Santaella House. Located on Avenida de Cuba.
The common word used in Andalusia to describe a type of boulevard, a popular meeting point for all inhabitants of the village, decorated with benches and natural landscaping. Located in Plaza de Andalucía.
Museo del Río Genil
The Museum of the Genil River is a space for interpreting the many aspects that surround this important river. The river Genil flows through the provinces of Córdoba, Seville and Malaga. The museum also features the infamous bandit José Maria "El Tempranillo" (1805 - 1833) who frequented the village of Badolatosa.
The museum has five thematic rooms in which tenuous lights, darkness, the sound of water, poetic phrases are conjugated. Located on Calle Pablo Iglesia.
October-March, Thursday-Sunday, 10:00-14:00hrs and 16:00-18:00hrs
October-March, Saturday, 16:00-18:00hrs
May-September, Thursday-Sunday, 10:00-14:00hrs and 18:00-20:00hrs
Price: 2.00 euro/person - 1.50 euro/person in group
Tel: 955 21 85 83
THINGS TO SEE OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE
Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Fuensanta
The existing chapel was built in the mid-seventeenth century and was initially used for worship in 1383. It is said that the chapel is where the bandit known as "El Tempranillo" received the royal pardon. Located south of Badolatosa and accessed via the SE-765, through the village of Corcoya.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Fuensanta
The church was constructed in 1783, clearly showing features in its architecture, representative of this type of construction between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Located in Corcoya, a few kilometres south of Badolatosa.
A watermill built during the Moorish era and had been used by farmers in the area to irrigate their respective gardens until the 1990s. In 2009 it was restored and became place of tourist interest along the tourist Tempranillo Route that follows the life and times of the infamous bandit José Maria "El Tempranillo" (1805 - 1833). Located in Huertas del Duque, in nearby hamlet of Jauja where he was born.
Paraje Natural Embalse de Cordobilla
The Reservoir is the third and last reservoir built on the Genil River. Its shallow depth allows many birds to feed on its waters. Surrounded by abundant vegetation, its banks serve as a refuge for a large number of animals. Ideal for birdwatchers. More about the Paraje Natural Embalse de Cordobilla.
Embalse de Malpasillo
The Embalse de Malpasillo Reservoir has an international importance for hosting numerous birds during their migratory flights. Due to its location close to the Natural Reserve of Lagunas del Sur de Córdoba, Malpasillo enhances its ecological interest by contributing to the survival of numerous protected birds, which have their nesting and wintering areas in these areas.
The most characteristic dish of Badolatosa is la porra, very similar to gazpacho. Other dishes to try include garbanzos guisados de arroz y morcilla (stewed rice chickpeas and black pudding), naranjas "picás" (orange salad usually served with fish), sopa de ajo (bread and gralic soup) and achicoria a la flamenco (chicory). Sweet treats include torrijas (eggy bread), arroz con leche (rice pudding), roscos y pestiños (sweet honey pastries).
Cabalgata Reyes Magos
Three Kings procession celebrated on the evening of 5 January.
Celebrated the 3 February.
Celebrated in February.
Día de San Marcos
Celebrated the 25 April.
Fiesta en Honor de San Isidro
Celebrated the 15 May.
Celebrated the 4-8 August.
Fiesta en honor de la Virgen de la Fuensanta
Celebrated the 8 September.