Cuevas del Almanzora
Cuevas del Almanzora is located on the banks of the Almanzora river. With over 14,000 inhabitants the town has a friendly vibrant feel while maintaining its traditional charm.
The town has regular market days (Tuesday and Thursday) and all facilities are available locally. There are parks and village squares dotted throughout and in the evening they come alive with families and the elderly taking there evening walks and enjoying the wonderful microclimate.
Cuevas del Almanzora is famous for its caves, where its inhabitants lived in the distant past and some still to this day. Given its privileged location close to the coast, throughout history, Cuevas has been an economic and commercial centre and a fundamental hub during the transitions of various cultures and economic activities.
Over the passage of time all the great civilizations that have settled in the Mediterranean have passed through this municipality. From Greeks and Phoenicians, passing through Carthaginians, Iberians, Romans, to Goths and Arabs who later on conquered the al-Andalus territory for 800 years and then lost it to the Christians.
It was in the year 1488 when the Christian troops conquered the village and the fortress of ‘Cuevas’, where the moors converted to Christians formed 80% of the population, until the pressure put on by the church and the consideration of the converted Arabs as second-class citizens ended up creating a revolt that extended throughout all the conquered lands, ending in a subsequent expulsion of all the moors in 1750.
The Almanzora Caves continued growing until the war caused in 1930 a massive emigration, although as from the late 20th century it began to recover basing its economy mainly in agriculture and tourism. Over the centuries it became a municipality with a great history, landscape and culture that is worth visiting if we decide to go on holiday to the south of Spain.
The local beaches are situated in Villaricos approximately a 15-minute drive from the town itself. Villaricos has 2 marinas and an abundance of marine life for the avid snorkeler and diver.
Things to do
There are lots of things to do in the Cuevas area starting with the array of Museums including the Contemporary art museum, The Goya Gallery, The Cave museum representing life in the 20th century with all traditional utensils used at the beginning of the century to name just a few.
You can also visit the ‘Marquis of the Velez’ castle, a symbol of the municipality, built with a gothic style in the 16th century and very well preserved. The Calguerin caves are also a magnificent site with over 260 caves excavated into the rock, some still used as homes today.
Surrounded by a large mountain range Cuevas del Almanzora is situated in a large bowl meaning it is protected by from the elements. In the summer months temperatures can reach above 40 degrees. In the winter you can easily enjoy temperatures of over 20 degrees.