Localities in the Alpujarra Almeriense
The name Padules means “small lagoons”, and it comes from the springs that flowed to the south of the town. The climate of this town is characterized by its sunshine and dryness, with little rainfall—that is, a Mediterranean climate with summer drought. This condition has led to the use of water from both torrential rains and underground channels.
In the 19th century, Padules enjoyed great prosperity with the production of the Ohanes grape, which was marketed from Almeria and transported in barrels aboard cargo ships. Today, the demand for this type of grape has disappeared, but another is grown, the vineyard, whose destination is the production and elaboration of exquisite wine. Any visitor will be able to taste the excellent wine typical of these lands.
In the urban centre of Padules, which maintains the traditional structure of one- or two-story white houses, stands the Saint Mary la Mayor Parish Church, a religious monument worth appreciating. In the same way, the Constitution Square and the Fountain are of interest to the visitor. On the outskirts of the town, hikers have multiple options, such as the natural setting of Cueva Caliente or, following the Andarax upriver, wonderful "small lagoons" called the Canales de Padules.
The typical cuisine of this town is distinguished by its artisan stews and its native wines. Among its dishes, we find fennel, peeled wheat and chard stews, rabbit fry and scrambled eggs, all accompanied by claret wine (artisanal). The pastry sweets that are offered are meringues, soplillos, pan dormido and grape must bread.