The Clock Tower (Zurgena - Almeria)

Zurgena Travel Guide


Coat of arms of Zurgena (Almeria)

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Coordinates: 37.342187°, -2.039349°

Distance to Almeria: 95 km

Elevation: 248 m

Population: 2,972 inhabitants (2023)

Demonym: Zurgenero (a)

The entrance gate to the Almanzora Valley is Zurgena, a municipality with a surface area of 72 km² in the lower basin of the Almanzora river. The area is divided into two parts by the river, and this natural fertility makes the land the perfect place for different crops to grow.

Since the Neolithic period there are records of settlers in the area, which also provided shelter to Roman, Muslim, and Christian civilizations. Little is known about the history of this small population. Its location near the Almanzora river suggests that it was formerly a transit point for the different peoples and civilizations that were leaving their mark on the place, among which we can mention the Iberians and the Phoenicians. It is estimated that the first settlers inhabited the area during the Argaric era. Its streets and neighbourhoods, as well as its surrounding regions, have great historical importance. In its surroundings, you can visit old farmhouses or rural houses, as well as some ruins of rustic medieval stone houses.

At the end of the 19th century it had a period of splendour with the arrival of a railway, as its train station was the most important in the region. Currently, agriculture holds a great weight in the economic life of the municipality, due to its fertile lands that are conducive to cultivation.

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