Localities in the Almanzora Valley
On the banks of the Almanzora river, and located at the foot of several mountains extends Alcontar, a municipality of 94 km² in area. Many of its districts had importance previously, but most have been left desolate and at present there are only two relevant sites: Alcontar and El Hijate.
The first settlers came to the town in the 16th century and since then it has been characterized by an economy focused on forestry and livestock farming, favored by the aquifer wealth that gives it its location near the source of the Almanzora river. Its unique urban layout is made up of twisted streets that mostly lead to the square, next to which is a fountain that provides permanent fresh water. In its church, erected in 1820, you can see a carving of a Christ made with great realism.
As it is located in the Almanzora river basin, its natural environment is very attractive, with forests, avenues and places of great beauty. This makes it the ideal place to practice outdoor activities such as hiking and trekking. Its flora and fauna are also very rich and of great diversity. As for its typical gastronomy, its hams and artisan sausages are highly appreciated, being among the main family industries of the town's inhabitants. Other traditional dishes are rice with rabbit, “gurullos” and “migas”.