We present you the most interesting places to visit in the Levante of Almeria. Do not miss the places of interest in this region of Almeria.
Undoubtedly the site is of great religious importance, but also historical. It was this that led the council and the church to sign agreements in 2012 and 2017 to carry out a project to recover these spaces.
Like other restorations, it sought to interfere as little as possible with the original structure, improving any aspect that was necessary without affecting the integrity of the historic building.
The works were limited to reinforce the bases of the main nave and the chapel, the cleaning of the walls, the replacement of the roof, the replacement of some pieces of ceramic and marble, and the painting of the building.
It is a structure of almost 300 meters, built in 1902 with the intention of leading the water to the crops of the area.
In addition to already being a historical construction by its time of completion, its importance lies is also because it is an aqueduct that was an unique for the time, being an example of innovative industrial architecture.
On the other hand, the aqueduct was made up of the construction itself, a steam engine, and an accumulation pond. The motor propelled the water to the raft, where it was then distributed to the crops through the aqueduct.
When visiting the aqueduct you can see how impressive its structure is, as well as the vestiges of damage that the passage of time has left on its walls.
The Argar and the Gerundia
In the Argar, archaeological samples have been found dating from the Bronze Age, while the Gerundia dates from the end of the Neolithic to the Chalcolithic, which makes it deeply interesting, since there are not many samples from this period.
These deposits have been considered some of the most important and essential in the research that is carried out to decipher the details of prehistory in the Iberian Peninsula.
Although the church has undergone several modifications and repairs over the years, the square structure of the tower and the construction of red bricks remain as in the building’s infancy, although visibly affected by the ravages of time.
Virgin of the Head Hermitage
It is estimated that this hermitage was built in 1507, as a result of an agreement reached with the neighbouring town of Antas
. Formerly, both towns were one, and in this homage was paid to the Virgin of the Head.
When the villages separated and the question arose which of the two would remain with the original hermitage, the image of the Virgin, and of course the festivities in her honour, the Solomonic decision was made to make two hermitages, one for each town, with their respective images and establish different dates of the parties, so that they did not coincide.
It is a hermitage that has been recently built, and houses Saint Santiago throughout the year, celebrating a party in honour of this saint.
The Church of Serena, nowadays in ruins, dates from the Moorish era and everything suggests that it is an old mosque from the Nazari era, converted into a church from the forced conversion to Christianity of the Muslims of the Kingdom of Granada.
It is still standing thanks to the fact that in the past it was used as an oil press.
In the area you can find the hopper or funnel that allowed the loading of minerals to the railroad cars, a beautiful house known as "Casa Rosada", which is the house where the executives, chiefs, and engineers involved in the mine lived, as well as the regulatory hoppers.
These mines were active with the extraction of iron from 1525 and closed their operations in the year 1970. These mines represent evidence of the economic activity that for a long time sustained Bedar
, but also an enclosure loaded with industrial history, in which parts, materials, and equipment that are considered historical and have been sheltered to preserve them.
The fountain, like the laundry room next to it, still flows with water and is one of the most characteristic sites of Bedar
and its Arab-Spanish culture.
Originally, in this spa you could enjoy natural hot wáter that was carbonated and loaded with minerals, such as calcium and iron. It is said that the greed of the owner, who sought to expand supply beyond what was posible, made it dry up.
However, shortly thereafter, a source of natural cold sulfur and calcium water was found, which people began to promote as the cure of skin diseases.
Currently there are only the ruins of what was once a prosperous business.
It is located in Alfaix, a neighborhood belonging to Los Gallardos
The construction of the chapel was carried out with the collaboration of all residents of the neighborhood, each of them contributing what he had or could: either hard work or money.
The Aguas River Mills not only stand out for their historical importance, but because they represent the technology of the time and the footprint left by their ancient inhabitants, proving how they achieved their use of water.
These mills are different from the many that are found throughout Spain, because they were designed, built and installed so that their driving force was the water of the river.
Along the river bank you can find several of these mills, which are undoubtedly worth visiting.
The “La Cueva” Mill is the first one that is found during the tour and is located in the well-known “Puente Vaquero”. This mill is considered a piece of historical and artistic interest, and it is presumed that it was built during the Arab period with ashlar masonry.
Following the route is the “La Higuera” Mill, located just before the “Puente Vaquero”. In front of this mill there is also a beautiful spring.
On the same route is the New Mill, named for being the last discovered, although it is assumed that the construction date is the same as the others. This last il, although it is in a quite advanced state of deterioration, still has the infrastructure that allowed people to study the way in which this innovative technology worked at the time.
Our Lady of the Rosary Church
In this case, the architect decided to include it, along with the traditional red brick, achieving a structure representative of 19th-century architecture, with a Latin cross plan and three naves.
The clock tower is located on the hill where formerly was the Castle, an Arab fortress of 1488 which unfortunately today no remains.
Church of Saint Sebastian
It is located in the neighborhood of El Marchal.
It is located in the neighborhood of El Marchal.
It is one of the oldest public services of the town, the fountain called the “cañico" that once gave service to the laundry of the district, at the same time it served as a water source.
Like other churches in the province of Almeria, its history begins on the ruins of an old mosque, where a structure with a rectangular base was erected. A plant in the form of a Latin cross was imposed with three naves, separated by columns and arches. Its facade is quite simple and was built with lime and stone.
The Constitution Square is where the most representative buildings of Sorbas
are located: the Church of Saint Mary, the Town Hall and the Duke of Alba House.
The Town Hall is a manor house that has 2 floors and large windows, while the House of the Duke of Alba stands out as a stately home with its entrance painted. Together with its 6 balconies, the building has a great uniqueness.
In one of the corners of the square is a small sculpture of "Peneque el Valiente", a puppet of the 50s that made many children laugh in Spain.
is known as the "Little Cuenca" because of the hanging houses that it has, which hang from the Afa Ravine.
We can get fantastic views of the Afa Ravine in the different viewpoints that Sorbas
has, such as the “El Porche”, the “El Castillo” and the “El Calvario”, all of which let you see different perspectives of hanging houses.
It is a small temple located in the neighborhood of the “Alfareros”.
Its entrance is notable for its 3 bulrush, of which only the center has a bell. Its cover is of a semicircular arch.
It is a temple of small dimensions that is at the entrance of the town.
Because the dissolved mineral re-crystallized, drained and re-dissolved, some stalagmites and stalactites also formed within these caves. This made the cave a unique place, whose formations even continue to change over the years.
The caves, which are themselves an attractive tourist place, also have a visitor center, where you can understand a the entire Karst formation process a little better. This natural space has been named heritage of Andalusia and is considered a place of Spanish and international geological interest.
Los Yesares Visitors Center
In its interior we can find 4 rooms that show and teach us the terrestrial, underground and fluvial environment of this fantastic and unique place.
Through this we can understand with the utmost clarity that they are the Plaster Karst of Sorbas
Pottery is one of the great attractions of Sorbas
. It is not common pottery, but one that dates back to the Hispano-Muslim era.
You can find pieces of pottery that were handmade with clay, obtained in the nearby lands, specifically in the “Cañada Siscar” (white clay) and “La Mojonera” (from which the blond and red clay is extracted).
The beautiful pieces that adorn the entrance of the pottery is an instant invitation to enter and be delighted with the pieces found there. You can see vases, dishes and all kinds of objects made of clay from the area.Sorbas
pottery pieces are very appreciated, especially because each piece is unique: the process of sculpting and baking is done manually and is completely handmade.
The piece that separates both levels has holes that allow heat to pass through better to cook the pieces as required.
The truth is that this oven is a real artistic and historical relic, and is one of the sites that tourists like to visit when they are in Sorbas
. This makes sense given its tradition of pottery which dates back centuries.
This museum is located in an old flour and wool factory and was opened to the public in 2004.
It has three rooms where you can learn the process of transformation of wool into yarn, and observe the machines used.
The tower of the Church can be seen from far away, which is also a new Mudejar bell tower, and is very striking.
Inside are the images of Our Lady of Sorrows, Father Jesus Nazareno and Saint John the Evangelist.
Thanks to this, this historic place still exists: a place where the old settlers were supplied with water for consumption, the irrigation of planting was completed, and it was a place for the consumption of animals.
The reconstruction carried out by the City Council allowed for another face to be given to the source and even to the general area in which it is located. This has been a bonus to this old construction and is currently visited by many of the tourist.
Immaculate Conception Hermitage (La Carrasca)
This hermitage was constructed in 1889, by initiative and financing of the inhabitants of the town, which makes it of great importance and sentimental value.
In the middle of Sierra Cabrera, is the Depopulated of Teresa. It is one of the historical heritage jewels of Turre
, as it is an area where it is believed that the Muslims lived in the 16th century.
In this uninhabited area you can find many elements of great archaeological and historical interest, such as the remains of an old church which is survived by some walls and was built on an old mosque.
The remains of what was once a mechanism for the collection, storage and distribution of water (especially to nourish the crops of the area), are also found in the surroundings of this depopulated area.
In this old uninhabited area there are the remains of two old mills, a natural water tank and two water tanks, where the change was made for all the inhabitants.