Localities in the Almanzora Valley
Bacares is an imposing municipality of the Almanzora Valley, with a municipal term of 95 km². It extends into the foothills of the Sierra de los Filabres, so it is endowed with a great natural attraction that gives it its rugged and exclusive landscape of the province. It has three peaks and three rivers that meet in town, forming the Bacares river, as well as deep valleys that look rather majestic.
This town has a Phoenician and Tartessian origin; The Arab occupation lasted 7 centuries and then came the Christian era, so great changes were experienced. It has an arid Mediterranean climate and at present its inhabitants are involved with areas such construction, industry and agriculture. This town is located in a place with difficult access, between streams and mountain forests, nestled in the mountains. Its wild landscapes and winding paths make it an ideal location for excursions and walks and to enjoy the pure mountain air.
One of the traditions of this area consists of making the pilgrimage to visit the image of the Christ of the Forest, a religious figure located inside the hermitage of the same name and to which numerous miracles are attributed. Massive religious festivals are held in his honour in mid-September, attended by devotees from nearby regions. Numerous historical buildings of a civil and religious nature can be seen in the town and are part of its rich cultural heritage.