Lucainena de las Torres
is a small town in Almeria, located in the heart of Sierra Alhamilla
. It is one of the towns that is among those known as "The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain"; a distinction that was received in 2013.
"The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain" is an association created in Spain in 2011, which is responsible for promoting and ensuring the preservation of cultural, natural and rural heritage in sectors where industrialisation does not prevail and the population level is small. In Almeria, only two towns have this honour: Mojacar
and Lucainena de las Torres
With its population of 570 inhabitants, according to the last census carried out by the National Statistics Institute (INE) in 2017, we can certainly say that Lucainena de las Torres
is a small town. It has an area of 123 square kilometres that represents a density of population of 4.63 inhabitants per square kilometre.
It is located at an altitude of 542 metres above sea level and only 53 km separate it from the capital of the province. It is a very beautiful town, with immaculately painted white houses and facades that are carefully decorated with flowers, which makes the setting a really beautiful display.
Places to visit
Before mentioning some of the places worth visiting, you should know the characteristics of the climate. The winters are usually quite cold and during the summer it is very hot, with light rainfall, mainly during autumn and winter.
The first church of Lucainena de las Torres
dates back to 1505, and is built on the base of an old Arab mosque. Nevertheless this one was desolated by the pirate Omar-Al Askenn. It was not until the 17th century when the current church was erected, that it became known to all as the Church of Our Lady of Montesion.
Among its architectural heritage is the "Windmill". This was an old lookout tower, of the seven that existed in the area, which was later restored and used as a windmill.
Two other tourist gems in Lucainena de las Torres
are the "Poyo de la Cruz" and "Garruchete" viewpoints, which are a pair of terraces that offer the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the town.
At a location of impressive natural beauty we find the "Peñon de Lucainena", with a height of more than a thousand metres and from which two important springs are born, known as "El Marchal" and "La Fuente".
Do not forget to walk along the greenway, where we will find old buildings belonging to old mining companies, as well as farmhouses, beautiful landscapes and water mills.
Another not to be missed visit is the Town Hall; a building with large windows located right in the central square of the town, in which a small market is set up every Saturday.
High quality food
Vegetables and stewed meats are part of the cuisine of this Almeria area. The gastronomy is influenced by the climate and the natural resources of the place. Rabbit “gurullos”, stewed partridge, corn balls, pumpkin soup and wheat pot are some of the tasty dishes that visitors to Lucainena de las Torres
The garlic soups that are served in the area's bars and restaurants are also exquisite.
Undoubtedly, Lucainena de las Torres
is one of the most beautiful and exceptional towns in the province of Almeria
, which you should definitely not miss.