Localities in the Poniente Almeriense
East of the Sierra de Gador is located Felix, a municipality that occupies a territory of 81.26 km². In historical texts, the name of this town appears with the spelling Fenix, Sant Aflay, Sant Aqlay and San Afliy. The name probably comes from the root “San Feliz”. Its name is due to a spring of water, and it is characterized as a picturesque town, with white houses and quiet streets, inhabited by gentle and kind people.
Its origin dates back to the Muslim period and was part of a communal territory of special interest for the defence of Almeria, during the various revolts that were experienced. At the time of the Umayyads, in the 8th century, the fortress of Felix belonged to Zugayba. However, in the 11th century, the town of Felix belonged to Almotacin, king of Almeria. In the 13th century, it already had about a hundred houses, a mosque and the castle of Felix. In the second half of the 16th century, during the repopulations, Felix had a barracks and a penitentiary, with the purpose of providing security and coastal assistance to those who passed through there. For different reasons, in the 16th century, Enix and Vicar were abandoned, which is why Felix became the only populated town at that time. In the “Cerro de la Matanza” there was a collective suicide of Moorish that declined submitting to the Christians.
Felix has become a perfect place for rural tourism thanks to its natural riches and a heritage of great attraction. Because it is located in the Sierra de Gador, a Special Conservation Area of Andalusia, you can go hiking and engage in other outdoor activities.