Laroya is located in the region of marble, in the middle of the Sierra de los Filabres, this village extends along a hillside, in mountainous and wild terrain where the predominant crops are the olive and almond trees.
As the mayor of Laroya is such an honor for me to welcome everyone who wants to discover the wonders of our town through this website.
Visiting Laroya is an experience full of centuries of history.
I would like this website to encourage everyone to discover and enjoy our town, wishing you a great stay that will make you come back for sure.
HISTORY AND ORIGINS
The first recalls about Laroya go back to the muslim era. This place was prosperous and rich in the marble region. We can find Laroya in between mountain ranges. It makes us think that according to tradition, the name “Laroya” comes from an arabic word that means “cooking pot”.
After the Catholic Kings (Isabel and Fernando) reconquest, Laroya is considered a city. Isabel and Fernando decided to regulate the political and legal regime of the city of Baza, Purchena and other cities, including Laroya.
Laroya is added to Baza at that time, and then came the moorish riots and a resettlement in the population.
In the Alpujarras War (1568 – 1570), there is a well known man, the moorish Alonso el Gazi. After the war, Laroya will be despopulated and then repopulated by inly twelve neightbours in 1579.
The evolution of Laroya through the centuries comes along with the evolution of the economy in the region. Its passage through history has always been united to the construction of major buildings, because of the amazing quality of the stone in this area.
Laroya has been inmersed in the fact that people emigrated to Almería and it made the population noticeably decrease. In the XVII century there were 400 people living in 90 houses in the town.
Cereals are so present in the gastronomic tradition of Laroya. “Migas”, “gachas” and “olla de trigo”, are the most typical dishes.
Wheat crumbs. Pot of Wheat. Rice With Rabbit. Purchena fry (based on tomatoes and peppers). Stoned (Rice with cod and beans). Cod meatballs.
Sweets: Homemade “mantecados”, butter creps, “hornazos”, “buñuelos”, fried donuts.
HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS
SAN RAMÓN NONATO (AUGUST).
This is the biggest and greatest festivity of the town, and also the most famous, due to San Ramón Nonato being the patron saint of Laroya.
There is a parade in honor to the saint. There are also sportive competitions, some games for children and orchestral music concerts at night.
The “moorish and cristians” festivity (moros y cristianos) is the commemoration of a religious battle.
MOROS Y CRISTIANOS (AUGUST).
The first day the Moorish and Christian sides face each other in a bloodless battle in which texts are read and the Moorish wins.
In the second and final day of confrontation Christians win.
Between the two sides is a peculiar character, “The Baller” that iss treated like a spy by both sides and that ends up baptized after the defeat of theMoorish.
HOGUERAS DE SAN ANTON (JANUARY).
The fires light the streets. At night, the neighbours gather around the fire, where they eat meat, potatoes and sausages accompanied by some drinks. People keep singing and dancing all night long.
SAN MARCOS (25 OF APRIL).
It’s called snack day. Families and friends go to spend the whole day out in the field. Formerly the women took to them to eat the husbands to the field and since then this day is festive.
EL DIA DE LA CRUZ (MAY).
THE LAROYA QUARTERS
The Cuartetas of Easter Sunday are a festivity that has a great reception among the inhabitants of the region. One of the oldest popular traditions of Laroya and to which all inhabitants and acquaintances go without fail year after year.
In it, the Quarter, dressed in the typical costume and climbed on a donkey disguised with colourists and donuts, recites in a characteristic way the rhymed verses in a critical and inoffensive way that is done to the people that something funny happened to him throughout of the year. That day it is forbidden to get angry if appointed for such a purpose. The quatrains are narrated accompanied by noisy and jocular sounds by means of trumpets and conches adapted for that purpose. The children also enjoy the presence of the quartet, playing to hunt the candies and jelly beans thrown at them. To appear in them, two requirements; the occurrence of something funny happening throughout the year and being married, being a bachelor or a priest.
The quatrains begin to be elaborated beforehand on Holy Saturday, when the married ones get together to drink and between drinks they make them. Swallows that were formerly financed by the waiters of the place, in order to make them sharpen the wit and spend a Sunday of resurrection of the most friendly. They are recited on Easter Sunday in the Plaza de la Villa, always after the religious ceremony. At the exit of the temple, trumpets and sounds of conches announce the arrival of the Cuartetero of that year.
PILGRIMAGE OF THE VIRGEN DE ESTELLA (JUNE)
June becomes the ideal month to return to those ancestral traditions, to replenish those illustrious places and districts of the Sierra de los Filabres. With a lot of devotion among the inhabitants of the region, the Romería de Estella is above all a party in style.
Estella, a large farmhouse anchored in the Sierra de los Filabres and whose name is believed to be due to the Christian reconquest and repopulation in honor of the famous Estella de Navarra, is the recipient of former inhabitants who dwelled, travelers, curious , devotees and pilgrims who want to have fun. The image of the Virgin of Estella, who spends most of the year in the Church of San Ramón Nonato de Laroya, travels on a pilgrimage to what was her original home. There, she will be the patron of a Eucharist erected in honor of the mother of God. At the end of the mass, the neighbors organize a fraternal meal for all those attending this demonstration of popular faith, enlivened with music and dances, in what was the ancient era, a magnificent place where once the wheat threshing process was carried out. In the afternoon, we return in procession with the sacred image to the temple.
WHAT TO SEE
From Macael we can take an optional tour that climbs the hillsides of Los Filabres, to the village of Laroya. Rounds and turns of the road allow you to gain height, crossing an environment without vegetation where some isolated farmhouses stand out. Suddenly this little village appears before us, sheltered in a corner of the mountain. Only a few houses make it up, especially the church. We encourage you to leave your car at the entrance of the town, as it becomes useless in the tiny alleys that make it up. Without a doubt, he will have left it in a large circular era that serves as a parking space. Go through this tiny farmhouse and admire this secluded corner of the Sierra de los Filabres, where even today, its people work the terraces that surround the village. Powered by Wikiloc
The Parish Church San Ramón Nonato is an excellent work of great neoclassical purity and remarkable balance of volumes that stands out among the traditional hamlet of the rest of the town. It was built in the second half of the 17th century, working on the construction of the architect Antonio Munar, although the name of the architect who designed it was unknown. The main façade of the San Ramón Nonato Parish Church has a double pediment, complete with a domed bell tower among igneous rockets. The interior features a vaulted Latin cross plan with vaulted dome above the cruiser
Of the castle of the locality Almería of Laroya only remains, at present, some vestiges. This fortress, whose construction and origin have not been studied, stands in a beautiful mountain village of very asymmetrical and steep streets, in which we can also admire the parish church, built in the sixteenth century.
Nature and Laroya become synonyms for all those who know this corner of the Sierra de Los Filabres. You just have to walk through any of its places to realize that it is a great opportunity to enjoy an ecosystem rich in vegetation and native fauna that will delight nature lovers. And to unite all its places, Laroya has a network of different roads and beautiful trails to enjoy a cultural and natural experience like no other. Since 2010, these trails have been recognized by all those who want to venture into them: The PR-A 372 in Reúl Alto is a route that recovers old roads, which were in disuse, had even partially disappeared and communicated the town with the bordering populations entering the Sierra de los Filabres. 13.4 km of magnificent landscapes, trees, fountains and roads. A circular route that also has two healthy routes of 3500 and 5500 steps. This path runs very close to the places where the famous “Fuegos de Laroya” are developed, some unexplained phenomena of 1945 considered as the first X file of Spain. The PR-A 366, or Route of the mills, allows the walkers to contemplate the remains of the old mills and […]
The Charcón del Buey The Laroya River is a special and charismatic river that is part of the tributaries of the Almanzora River. Crossing the town to which it owes its name, it constitutes the main reason why Laroya has a special character, an orography and a landscape very different from the rest of the region. At more than 800 m of altitude, this river has been built by digging its channel in the rock. This source of life almost foreign to the times of abundance and drought, has the vocation of not leaving at any moment to provide the neighbors of the town with that fundamental element such as water. With the great protagonism that counts in the population, its channel is winding through a network of irrigation ditches and rafts dating from the ninth and tenth centuries, and that take advantage of the waterfalls that are generated in it for the construction of mills and even a tejera where bricks were built. That orographic hole on which the Laroya River has taken its toll is located in a privileged environment that has favored the development of waterfalls and waterfalls along the course of the river. This is the […]
What to do in Laroya?
If you are thinking of taking a different trip to discover beautiful places and charming towns that are not usually well known, a trip to Laroya 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 SLEEP
CR/AL/00072 From the Cottages Picachico de Laroya, in Almeria we give you our most cordial welcome to this natural paradise that is the Sierra de Filabres in Andalusia, and we want to share with you. An environment charged with positive energy, fruit of the abundant nature that surrounds us. A natural setting and a rustic environment full of clean air where you can recharge your body and mind with the sap that springs from this ancient landscape, wild, vibrant and full of life. You decide to give yourself a rural getaway and rent one of our lodgings in the Casas Rurales Picachico, and you will be able to enjoy with us a special world, the warmth and the cordiality of our people, of typical Andalusian cuisine, cooked on a slow fire in our “Mesón Acacia”, as the canons … and always in permanent contact with Nature. From the Picachico de Laroya Cottages in Almeria, we are proud to offer you a space where you can isolate yourself from the rush of everyday life, and where you can find yourself in a rural environment surrounded by pure Nature. Antonia Medina Ujaldón Manager
Welcome to the Sierra de Filabres in Almería H/AL/00850 Rural tourism or agrotourism is an activity that in recent years has acquired great importance as an interesting alternative to traditional tourism. Few alternatives combine sport, nature, history, tranquility, tradition and above all human warmth. In the enigmatic Sierra de los Filabres, 60 km from Vera beach and 80 km from Almería capital, in the middle of a declared ecological interest by the Andalusian Committee of Ecology, is the rural farmhouse San Marcos in the Reul Alto. A special place to enjoy rural tourism in its widest expression. Surrounded by a dream landscape, you will savor peace and tranquility, sport and nature while enjoying splendid views of the Almanzora Valley, the marble quarries of Macael, lands surrounded by mountains planted with almond trees, pines and holm oaks that are intermingled with beautiful paths and fountains Of water that invite you to enjoy walking San Marcos, a cortijo with more than 200 years of antiquity, totally renovated in rural houses that combine the comforts of today with the traditional and rural essence of yesteryear. It is located in a quiet cortijada, El Reul Alto, at the top of the mountain, at 1,200 […]