We present you the most interesting places to visit in the Los Velez region. Do not miss the places of interest in this area of Almeria.
Its ancient air and the splendour of its architecture have been recovered thanks to work carried out in 2001 and the return of a restored image of the Virgin of Rosary, patroness saint of Chirivel
, which is now sheltered inside the temple.
El Villar Archaeological Site
Thanks to these excavations and the results of the studies, the deposit was declared an Archaeological Zone framed within the Assets of Cultural Interest.
In the midst of these studies, mosaics from the 2nd century AD were found, ceramic vessels, remains of an oven, and also pieces of marble that today adorn the Museum of Almeria
This is a space in which several places of interest are located in Chirivel
, and is found in the heart of town.
Always full of people, the Paseo is the geographical hub of the town, and contains the Town Hall, the main square, the main Library, the Chirivello Park, and a playground.
Due to its central location, the Paseo also has many places that border it, offering the opportunity for visitors to walk, eat, and enjoy this beautiful town.
However, the Museum was responsible for making a faithful and accurate copy of the statue, and installing it in the same place where it was found, known as the park of Chirivello.
Experts are sure that the finding indicates the presence of a Roman settlement, Ad Morum, but they also point out that it was probably a luxurious place, because the pieces found point to an expensive life, like fine statues and ornaments covered with gold leaf, among others.
Its evergreen leaves hardly change in intensity during the stronger summers, but do become a little more opaque.
The community of Chirivel
, as well as the neighbouring towns, show great respect for the natural treasures found in the Sierra, but they show a greater respect for this millenary tree that has aroused the curiosity and admiration of locals and visitors.
Church of Saint Anthony (El Contador)
The Parish Church of Saint Anthony of Padua was built in the year 1900. It is a building of the popular historicist style and was built on an old hermitage of the early 1700.
Its size and its white colour are perfectly integrated into the architecture of El Contador, a village of great agricultural and livestock wealth.
Church of the Incarnation
Very prized for tourists, the church is visited for both its architectural and its religious value. One of the most striking elements is the baptismal font, which was made with a single piece of solid marble, as well as the choir and the main altar.
Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Head
A second wing was installed next to this space, in which the Tercia II exhibition room and a glass room were inaugurated. It contains jars that are exposed and half-buried in the ground, and their spaces can also be used as an exhibition space for local artists.
Umbria de la Virgen Botanical Garden
The Umbria de la Virgen Botanical Garden is a space dedicated to the conservation of endangered flora, both rare and endemic.
It was built with the vision of a fortress from the outside, but with an internal layout to make it look like a palace. Particularly striking are the friezes and engravings on the walls and columns. There are images such as The Column of Hercules, which offers elegance, history and great architectural value.
Church of Santiago Apostle
The looting of the early Civil War severely affected the artistic heritage of the temple, currently being the majority of contemporary works. There are notable exceptions, such as the tables of Saint Monica and the Immaculate Conception, commissioned by the sisters of the third Marquis in 1578 for the Hermitage of the Conception.
Hermitage of the Conception
Fountain of the Five Pipes
This is one of the sites with historical importance, due to its proximity to the Velez-Blanco Castle and for being located in the heart of the municipality.
The first Marquis of Los Velez ordered its construction and on his foot is a tombstone with a Latin inscription, which when translated means "Whoever drinks from this fountain, will never forget its taste.” It is a symbol for mythical immortality.
Among the drawings found along the walls of the cave, you can find men and women, animal figures, and the figure of the Indalo
: a representation of a man holding a bow, which has become the most representative symbol of Almeria.
This cave has also been famous for housing materials that allowed for lives for the first settlers. These found materials were mainly tips of spears and arrows.
The 18 paintings of Ambrosio's cave were discovered in 1992, in the middle of which is a figure of a painted, red horse that stands out.
The local, regional and national authorities have been in charge of protecting the caves after the discovery of their paintings, giving it a museum like quality. They can be enjoyed without affecting the heritage of history that is found there.
Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation
Inside the church you can see its distribution of three naves, as well as a beautiful dome of large dimensions, and an organ made by the French artist Guillermo D'Enoyer. This organ is one of the most appreciated pieces of the church, because it was built with red pine wood, untreated, and represents one of the best-preserved religious musical instruments in Almeria.
Those who visit Velez-Rubio
cannot leave the area without first enjoying the paintings, the carving, the acoustics, and the details of the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation.
During the day you can find activities of cultural interest, and at night you can enjoy the beautiful image of the church’s facade, lit from the square.
It tries to tell, in an orderly way, the history of the world and of Spain, including elements such as context, prehistory, colonization, and modernity, but without forgetting a special space for the ethnology of Los Velez.
It began to be abandoned at the beginning of the 16th century, precisely for the same reasons that made it so safe: difficulty of access, as well as the entry of food and water.