by Saskia Mier
Coripe is ideal for lovers of nature and rural tourism due to the wealth of flower and fauna and also an ideal terrain to undertake activities such as hiking, horse riding or mountain biking. It has about 1300 inhabitants.
The origin of Coripe goes back to the primitive Irippo founded by the Turdetani between the fourth and sixth centuries AC. Some coins of that time still exist in the Archaeological Museum of Seville. The Romans later changed the name to Coripo.
It was border area between the Christian Kingdom and the Kingdom of Granada during the Moorish presence. After the Reconquista, the town depended on Morón de la Frontera until the end of the nineteenth century and granted the title of villa in 1894.
In 1927 one of the most important works was carried out by the government of Primo de Rivera, which consisted of the construction of a railway axis that sought to unite Jerez and Almargen, connecting western and eastern Andalusia. The work finished in 1930 but with the fall of the dictatorship the project fell into oblivion and never came to function.
THINGS TO SEE
Iglesia Parroquial de San Pedro Apóstol
The church was built during the mid-nineteenth century, around 1859, on the site of another temple of which only the sacramental chapel is conserved. Both the altarpiece and the images contained in it are modern. Said altarpiece encloses the Virgin of Fatima as from the 1970's. Located in Plaza San Pedro.
THINGS TO SEE OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE
Chaparro de la Vega
Chaparro de la Vega is an example of oak whose trunk reaches 1.20m in diameter and the full width of the tree reach a diameter of approximately 30m and 13m in height. It is in a good state of preservation and within a beautiful environment of great natural and scenic value. It is said to be more than 700 years old and was declared Natural Monument of Andalusia. The oak tree is located in a recreational area equipped with games, benches and barbecues. It is a place very frequented by the inhabitants of the town and where the pilgrimage of Coripe is celebrated. The surrounding vegetation is composed of forests of holm oaks, with an understory formed by Mediterranean scrubland. The Chaparro de la Vega is accessed via the old abandoned railroad track, which is reached by the C-339 road connecting Coripe with Algodonales. This road forms part of the Vía Verde of the Sierra.
Vía Verde de la Sierra
The Vía Verde is the most important tourist enclave of several municipalities. It unites the localities of Puerto Serrano and Olvera, passing through Coripe and Pruna. It forms an exceptional route full of tunnels, roads and a great variety of landscapes. These tracks run on disused railroad tracks. Each of the stretches along the Vía Verde has accommodation facilities, which are old restored railway stations. There are four viaducts, thirty tunnels and five stations.
Peñón de Zaframagó
The Natural Reserve Peñón de Zaframagón, located between Coripe and Olvera, is located in the last foothills of the Serranía de Grazalema, in the zone of contact of the Sierras Subbéticas with the Sevillian countryside. The area stands out for its prominent and steep rock, 1Km² of surface at the base that emerges from an average altitude of 300m and culminates at 584m of maximum altitude. It emphasizes the throat of the Estrechón, excavated by the Guadalporcún River. It is a narrow canyon with vertical walls, where the river has been enclosed, resulting in characteristic erosive forms like pools and waterfalls that appear on the bed of the river. This nature reserve is one of the few islets of native vegetation in the countryside of the region and hosts some unique or scarcely distributed floristic communities.
Coripe is part of the Olive Oil Route, therefore the extra virgin olive oil with denomination of origin Sierra de Cádiz, is one of the main protagonists of their cuisine. Among its most typical dishes are esparragada de tagarninas (wild asparagus) and recipes made with game meat. Sweet treats include polvorones, buñuelos and roscos de vino.
Cabalgata Reyes Magos
Three Kings procession celebrated on the evening of 5 January.
Celebrated in February.
Día de Andalucía
Celebrated the 28 February.
Quema de los Judas
Celebrated on Palm Sunday.
Romería de la Virgen de Fátima
Celebrated in May.
Celebrated the end of June.