Fountain of Saint Sebastian (Somontin - Almeria)

Somontin Travel Guide


Coat of arms of Somontin (Almeria)

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Coordinates: 37.39195°, -2.387968°

Distance to Almeria: 90 km

Elevation: 840 m

Population: 445 inhabitants (2022)

Demonym: Somontinero (a)

Near the Almanzora river, in the northern part, is Somontin, a small municipality of 19 km² that is located 820 metres above sea level and is known as the "Almanzora Balcony". From this town, with its traditional streets, you can see much of the Sierra de los Filabres and some of its towns such as Lucar, Seron, Bacares, Sierro, Purchena, Olula del Rio, Macael, Cantoria, and others.

There are no precise dates that indicate the origin of this town; however, it is believed that when the Muslims arrived there was already a human settlement. Traditionally, the town's economy was based on the exploitation of talc mines, called tailor's stone by the locals. This activity continued until the early 1960s, when the mineral seams began to deplete. With the decline of the talc industry, a massive emigration of its inhabitants began. They were attracted to the proximity of the marble quarries of the neighbouring towns of Macael and Olula del Rio.

At present, its inhabitants are engaged in agricultural activity and tourism. In addition to its exquisite gastronomy, and its exclusive natural panoramas, it has several sites of interest. Somontin has many corners of great beauty in its urban area, made up of typical whitewashed houses with red roofs and narrow streets. The parish church is one of the most beautiful buildings with the greatest heritage value in the town. From its viewpoint, you can enjoy a great vista of the valley and the neighbouring towns. This makes it a place of great attraction for visitors.

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