Municipality belonging to the region of Valle del Almanzora, in the area of marble, as this is the main economic resource of the town, especially the transformation of the stone, as well as a rich fertile plain.
The town is located on the banks of the Almanzora River and has a new layout, with a straight line, and straight streets and uniform houses, among which the Parochial Church stands out. In the hamlet of Almanzora is the Palace of the Marquis of Almanzora, beautiful example of the neoclassical.
Something that characterizes especially the Villa de Cantoria is the welcoming and hospitable character of its inhabitants. The bonanza of its climate during the great part of the year and its more ingrained customs make that the cantorianos are accustomed to live in the street, to share experiences and to open their doors to anyone who visits them. A clarifying fact of this hospitality is the large number of foreigners who have taken up their residence in the Villa and now feel part of it. In fact, it is not strange that these citizens participate actively in the different celebrations that are celebrated throughout the year, as well as in the daily life of the locality.
As Mayor of Cantoria, it is an honor for me to welcome all those who decide to discover the wonders of our people through this website.
Visiting Cantoria is an experience steeped in centuries of history. Its uniqueness constitutes a surprising mixture able to offer the visitor multiple tourist possibilities thanks to its important historical-religious legacy.
I would like this website to encourage everyone to enjoy and get to know our people, wishing them a pleasant stay that will surely make them repeat.
Photo bridge under constructionThe hallmarks of Cantoria rest on centuries and centuries of history. Not in vain, knowing it today means discovering, at the same time, the infinity of civilizations, peoples and cultures that have been passing through it over the years. And it is that its privileged geographic situation, border with the Kingdom of Murcia and Andalusia, soon turned it into a strategic zone for the settlement and protection of many towns.
The origin of Cantoria goes back to prehistory, judging by the numerous archaeological remains found in its contours. These preserve the trace of the first settlers back in the Neolithic and, later, the imprint of Phoenicians and Greeks. As early as the 12th century, Cantoria was a primitive Andalusian Arab population that, with the Conquest of Granada in 1488, became a Christian and received the title of Villa from the hand of the Catholic Monarchs.
Photo Palacia Alamanzora Cantoria In 1515, his name was linked to the Marquesado de los Vélez when Don Pedro Fajardo acquired it together with Partaloa for two and a half million maravedis. Another important chapter of its history was the Moorish uprising (1569-1571) because, according to historians, Cantoria was one of the key scenarios of the contest that faced two proper names: Jerónimo el Maleh and Don Juan de Austria, who chose Cantoria to install your campaign camp.
Finally, the current settlement of the Villa was made between 1570 and 1573, although it was not until November 30, 1833, that Cantoria was constituted as an Almeria municipality when the province of Almería was created again by Don Francisco Javier de Burgos.
The star dish of the cantorian recipe book, beyond the rainy days that marks the tradition, is still migas, a typical food of the province of Almeria that in the town has its own recipe. Among its ingredients we find wheat or corn flour (or both mixed), water, oil and salt.
Something very traditional in Cantoria is to accompany the crumbs with fish broth, paprika (broth made with red and green peppers roasted), fried peppers and dried tomatoes, “tajás” (pieces of rib and lean fried), pieces of fried black pudding, peppers fried dry, tomatoes, roasted tender garlic, radishes, etc.
There is also a variant of crumbs in the popular cookbook, which are the porridge. In this variety, the flour is baked by turning it round with a wooden spoon, which makes it look like a thick dough. Once cooked, bathe with paprika or fish broth. We also find sweet porridge that is cooked with milk.
The pots also have a long tradition in Cantorian cuisine, so we can find a wide variety. One of them is the balls. It is a slow cooked stew with beans, fennel and blood sausage which is added a kind of meatballs, hence the name, made of cornmeal, chorizo, bacon and parsley. Another puchero is the wheat, food that has the same ingredients as the balls but to which pre-crushed wheat is added, instead of the balls. We also find the pumpkin, cabbage or rice stew.
The gurullos and the noodles are other foods that enjoy great fame in the Villa. Both stews are cooked with a sofrito made with partridge or rabbit, to which potatoes are added and in the case of the first, gurullos (small pieces of flour dough) or noodles, eb the case of the second.
And when the heat tightens, gazpacho also has its Cantorian version and consists of a very fine chopped cucumber, tomato and onion (not crushed) to which is added very cold water, oil, vinegar, and salt. Garnish with garlic and bread soups are added.
Finally, we must mention the fritá de sangre, a dish made with onion and tomato fried with cooked pork blood.
The traditional pork slaughter is still celebrated today and from it comes a rich variety of homemade sausages such as black pudding, chorizo and blanquillo.
An important chapter of the gastronomy of the Villa is occupied by sweets since Cantoria is rich in traditional pastries, the same that is tasted during the different festivities of the town or the one that cheers the tables of Christmas or Holy Week.
Among the most typical sweets we can find the almendrados (a kind of two sponge cake half-moons stuffed with angel hair and battered with a thin layer of ground almonds), the orange donuts, the almond sighs, the honey shortbread, the roscos de vino y aguardiente, the alfajores de almendra, the stuffed empanadillas and the roscos de anís.
The Wheelbarrows (January 16 in honor of San Antón)
Being San Antonio Abad (patron of animals and fire) one of the two patrons who reveres the Villa, Cantoria belongs to that privileged group of places where Christmas lasts until well into the month of January as the popular saying goes “Until San Antón Pascuas are”. It is traditional to celebrate their name day on January 17, blessing the animals, but the cantorians, perhaps because of their Muslim past, chose fire and gunpowder to celebrate it.
This is how, from time immemorial, Cantoria venerates San Antón with Las Carretillas, one of the most deeply rooted festivities in the town, which takes place on the eve of San Antón’s Day, that is, on January 16. To be more precise, Las Carretillas is a kind of cardboard cannons (formerly made of cane) that are filled with a powder and iron filing compound that, when turned on, must fulfill three basic premises: not to explode, not to rise, but to move zigzagging to ground floor. That is the show that provides a good wheelbarrow.
A few decades ago, the wheelbarrows were brought from the Suflí locality, but another of the traditions of this party was forged, which is to make them in a traditional way by the peñas de carretilleros.
The result of this work, which takes months, is shown during the Night of the Tests, the evening that precedes the big night of Las Carretillas and where the Best Operator of the Year is chosen.
Come the big day, the eve of San Antón, and finishing the neighbors the assembly of the metallic fabrics that will protect the facades of their houses, the party of Las Carretillas starts with a mass and the famous Procession of the Carretillero, in which San Antón, accompanied by his inseparable San Cayetano, he is paraded and “danced” by the drivers to the cry of “Vivan los Santos”. During this tour, the drivers are already dressed as operators, that is, covered with thick clothes, high boots and helmets to protect themselves from a long night that they will spend pulling carts (the first ones are always for the Saints) and visiting the houses of their neighbors loaded with their talines (wooden box where the carts are stored).
It is traditional to build bonfires in the streets and in the houses to serve the hired traders of the land watered with a good wine of the country. The next day, San Antón Day, is a festive day in Cantoria and is celebrated with a Mass and the Procession of the Patron Saint. Different cultural activities are also celebrated in the municipal booth.
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WHAT TO SEE
The Palacio del Almanzora is a most outstanding neoclassical building in the province of Almería. It had its origin in the 18th century when, in the marquisate of Los Vélez, it was decided to divide its geographical area into three administrative zones. They built the building in Almanzora and had granaries for collecting cereals, oil mills, housing areas and administrative areas, later taking advantage of the main building, as an ancestral home for the families of the Marquis of Villafranca and the Marquis of La Romana. In the middle of the 19th century, the Palacio del Almanzora was acquired by Don Antonio Abellán Pañuelas, from Cuevas de Almanzora. In 1872 he was named Marquis becoming the first Marqués del Almanzora. This ordered to considerably expand the main building adding new dependencies and turning it into a palace, giving it the neoclassical air that was fashionable in the constructions of the time. The Palace of the Almanzora consists of a main pavilion with two wings in square, that leave in the center a patio in honor. Both the main pavilion and the left wing, house the different rooms used for housing while the wing on the right is occupied by the […]
The Saavedra Theater was built in 1926, at the expense of Vicente Giménez Saavedra, according to a commemorative plaque on one of the side doors. It is located on the corner with two streets: Romero and Ermita, which connect with the center of the Villa de Cantoria; streets that, on the other hand, are fully built, which has prevented its expansion in the restoration recently carried out at the initiative of the City Council. The Saavedra Theater has a rectangular floor plan, with a gable roof and a flat tile roof. The fact that it is on the corner results in a main facade and a side facade. The main façade is smaller than the lateral façade, and there are three doors on one level and three windows on the second. On a third level there is a small circular span. All the openings have molding around in white, which makes them stand out on the wall painted in a pinkish tone. The wall of this façade is extended by ending in a higher central body, where it is situated in a circular vain, and is topped by a small cornice. The lateral façade has three small windows in the […]
Our visits tend to focus on urban areas and some external element, so we ignore 95% of the space. For this reason, we propose that we focus on panoramic viewpoints, such as the Mirador Valle de Almanzora, in which today we look out to realize how great and beautiful is the power of nature. In all the towns of our Valley we can find many hidden places between the two mountain ranges, offering us the possibility of observing nature and navigating in its wonderful landscapes.
The Our Lady of Carmen Church was built in the nineteenth century, between 1816 and 1870. Architecturally it is closer to being a cathedral. It has neoclassical features: a Latin cross plan, two lateral naves, covered by a dome with a dome on the transept. The foundations are of stone of masonry on which walls of masonry of stone alternated with courses of solid brick are raised. Outside the Our Lady of Carmen Church there are three entrance doors, two lateral and the main at the foot of the temple, which constitute the facade. To the feet are two towers, between which a portico is formed, with arches of half a point, on pillars of attached columns and delimited by some gates that were placed in the Church of San Francisco the Great of Madrid. The two towers are prismatic with a square base of three sections with circular arched windows and 22 meters high. In the interior they emphasize a series of paintings coming from the Museum of the Prado, as they are the imposition of the Chasuble to San Ildefonso, of Antonio Lanchares, disciple of Zurbarán, picture of Santa Teresa of the Sevillian School and a picture of San […]
The Hermitage is located on top of a hill, permanent witness of the future of the town of Cantoria, Almería, crosses indolently the passing of the years. Old structure, sometimes renewed, that contains the old flavor of the trace of time. The Hermitage is a magical church, symbol of Cantoria, that warns on the horizon of the proximity of the town. Its tower, reflecting those of the church, intones with them a secular song in the bowels of the valley, flooding the landscape with its mystic influence. In its simple architecture it condenses a magical universe of the place where it sits; solar of the different inhabitants that in the centuries have been there it sleeps turned into place of cult, under the invocation of San Antón and San Cayetano, saints who mark changes of equinoxes. Magical and eternal hermitage, Cantoria’s signature.
The Greenway of the Almanzora, whose first steps for its transformation into the Greenway are already underway on the Guadix-Almendricos railway line (Granada-Murcia), this line was built to give a quick outlet to the ore that housed the area. Its exploitation began between 1906 and 1907 by several companies with English capital, until at the end of the last century it passed into the hands of the Spanish capital. In its day it was called Ferrocarril del Almanzora the railroad that linked the cities of Murcia and Granada. It was inaugurated in 1885. The main goods transported were esparto, iron ore and marble from the nearby Macael quarries. The transport of the ore from the mines to the railroad was done by laying overhead cables that transported the iron ore to the Los Zoilos and Los Canos loading bays. On January 1, 1985, traffic was closed between the town of Guadix in Granada and the Murcia de Almendricos (Lorca), while the rest of the line continued in use. The municipalities of Serón, Fines, Cantoria and Olula del Río have carried out refurbishment projects in the sections of this same line that runs through their municipal boundaries. In this way, it […]
What to do in Cantoria?
If you are thinking of taking a different trip to discover beautiful places and charming towns that are not usually well known, a getaway to Cantoria is an excellent option. Our town has many options to make and we recommend the ones that are sure to be of your interest.
WHERE TO EAT
HAVING BREAKFAST IN BAR FOR 3RD AGE Toast for all tastes: white bread, wholemeal, gluten-free. We have lactose-free milk to accompany your coffee or, if you prefer, you can order a freshly squeezed orange juice. You can taste a wide variety of tapas, Cherigan, toasts, sandwiches….. And of course, our variety of salads and fish.
Restaurants in Cantoría (Almería): Restaurant-Bar Los Albardines, daily and special menus, assorted tapas, toasts, sandwiches, grilled meat. Events: birthdays, communions, weddings, christenings, company dinners .. Menus: Daily menus of several first courses and several courses of second, dessert and coffee. Special menu Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Varied lids: More than 30 tapas varied every day. Sausages to the wine Meat in sauce Russian salad Homemade anchovies Chicken wings Etc… Events: Birthday Communions Wedding Baptisms Business dinners … Great service. Friendly and close treatment.
WHERE TO SLEEP
Located in Cantoria in the Almería region, 48 km from Carboneras, Casa Dolly Boutique B&B provides a bar and free WiFi. Guests of the bed and breakfast can enjoy a continental breakfast. Casa Dolly Boutique B&B has a terrace and a garden. Mojácar is 39 km from the accommodation, while Vera is 31 km away. The nearest airport is Almeria Airport, 58 km from Casa Dolly Boutique B&B. My name is Jeremy, I am your host, I live here in Cantoria with my cute little dog, Hugo. We look forward to offering you a warm welcome at our B&B. A charming 6 bedroom Spanish townhouse, fully renovated to a high standard into a beautiful boutique B&B. Each bedroom has been individually designed for the comfort of guests, with a maximum capacity of 2 people. The property is located in the town of Cantoria, close to all the bars, tapas restaurants and shops. Casa Dolly is centrally located in the charming little town of Cantoria. Surrounded by impressive mountains and landscapes, it is perfect for hikers, cyclists and wildlife lovers. Located 7 km from the commercial city of Albox and just 50 minutes from the coastal towns and beaches of Vera […]
VTAR / AL / 00807 Quiet and idyllic Andalusian villa in the countryside, close to several places such as Almanzora, Cantoria and Albox. Located between citrus and olive trees. Beautiful area for walking, biking, relaxing, writing a book, meditating. 1 double bedroom with separate beds, air conditioning hot / cold, refrigerator, kettle, hair dryer. Shared bathroom. Enough parking space on site. The door can be locked. Free Wifi. Breakfast on request. Shared swimming pool. There are 2 bedrooms for rent, for a total of 4 people. Rental method: Bed & Breakfast. Price of bed and breakfast for 2 people: € 60 SPACE Workshops can be given on demand, for example; painting, photography, yoga, ayurveda, etc. There is always a place in the sun or shade on one of the terraces. SERVICES AND COMMON AREAS There is a front door to the property. On the property in front of the villa there is a large parking lot. Around the villa and the pool one can sit and lie by the pool. Most of the pavement is made up of gravel. Access to the rooms goes through the residence of the resident. This is not for guests unless they have permission. There […]