Almargen

Little information remains concerning its origins, although it is a possibility that due to the smoothness and unevenness of its terrain (Mount Salguera, the highest peak in the region, hardly reaches six hundred metres), the Arabs named this place Almargen, which means “The two meadows”.

The church of “La Inmaculada”, which hails from the sixteenth century, with its mannerist façade and its baroque steeple, stands out from the rest of its colourful town, clearly influenced by Sevillian constructive formulae. Moreover, a good number of archaeological remains of extraordinary cultural value confirms the existence of settlements since the Cooper Era, notably the artificial caves of “El “Almirón”, a stele engraved during the Bronze Era or an example of the first swords forged during prehistoric times.

For the outdoor life lover, the mountains of Almargen and the place called “Río Salado”, offer an environment of great beauty, in which it is highly recommended to practice hill walking and bicycle touring routes. Saint Cosme and Saint Damián are the Patron Saints of the town and their festive days are celebrated on 26th and 27th September respectively.

The products which sustain its gastronomy are harvested in the fertile plains, with the asparagus soup being a delicious example which every visitor should indulge in. Furthermore, exquisite stuffing’s and cold cuts from the traditional pig slaughtering season, “la porra” and the mushrooms, all of which are basted in home- made broths.