Salares

Small town in La Axarquía, has a population of 250 inhabitants. At an altitude of around six hundred metres above sea- level, its urban structure is very much conditioned by its positioning on a low ridge which makes it into a town without squares in its centre and in which its streets, the majority of which are short and stepped, are layed out from north to south, in order to compensate for the difference in elevation. Agriculture, especially almond and olive crop growing, and the stocks of grape raisin, make up the main part of its economy activity.

The origin of its name is latin: Salaria Bastitanorum and it is owed to the assumed existence of a salt deposit in its surrounding area. However, the distribution of its population centre is from the time of the Arab occupation. Just like the other towns of the area, it suffered the Moorish uprising, the subsequent reprisals and, in more recent times, the earthquake of the end of the Nineteenth Century in which the town´s built- up area was seriously damaged.

The most interesting places to visit are the bridge over the Salares River, built by the Romans and which joins both river- banks; the Parish Church of Santa Ana, which hails from the Sixteenth Century; and the minaret, which was declared National Monument in 1979 and which is one of the most beautiful pieces of Almohad artwork in the whole country.

The festivities in honour of its Patron Saints take place on the day of San Antón and the day of Santa Ana. Another of the traditional religious feasts in Salares is Holy Week.

The gastronomy of Salares is known, above all, for “el rosco de naranja”. Other main dishes are the fennel stew, “las migas” and “las gachas de harina” con “cuscurrones” and flavoured with honey, milk and sugar.