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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.

Dolores Moreno

Mayoress Excma. Laroya Town Hall

As mayor of Laroya, it is an honor for me to welcome all those who decide to discover the wonders of our town through this web.

Visiting the municipality of Laroya is an experience full of centuries of history.

All these singularities constitute a surprising mixture capable of offering the visitor multiple tourist possibilities, the quality of its gastronomic and hotel offer and the wide catalog of routes and trails.

I would like this website to serve to incite everyone to enjoy and know our people, wishing them a pleasant stay that will surely make them repeat.


Back to the Muslim period, which mark this place as a prosperous and rich area in the region of marble. Its location between mountains makes one 

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believe, according to tradition, that the name of Laroya comes from an Arabic term that means cazuela or hoya.

After the Reconquest of the Catholic Kings is granted by these, and through a royal cedula of 1501, the privilege of city to Laroya. This fact was due to Isabel and Fernando deciding to regulate the political and legal regime of Baza, Purchena and the neighboring cities, among which Laroya.

Laroya is annexed by Baza in that same year and also by means of a royal cédula of the Catholic Kings After its inclusion in the term of Baza, the municipality of Laroya suffered the avatars of the history of that then, and was immersed in the Revolt of the Moriscos, which led to the repopulation with new inhabitants.

In the War of the Alpujarras (1568-1570), the story of a singular personage, the Moorish Alonso the Gazi is told. After the war will be depopulated and repopulated in the year 1579 by 12 neighbors.

The evolution of Laroya over the centuries was coupled with the economic events of the region. Its passage through history has been united to the construction of important works, thanks to the stone of this zone. Laroya has been immersed in a fact that in the province of Almería supposed a purge for the municipal censuses: the emigration the clear and manifest descent of the population can be verified with a census of the locality realized in century XVII which showed that In Laroya there were about 400 people, who were distributed in 90 houses. At present the town has a significant increase of the population in summer, since many of their natives or their children travel to the municipality to spend their summer holidays and celebrate the feast of the patron saint San Ramón Nonato.


Cereals are embedded in Laroya’s gastronomic tradition. Thus the crumbs, porridge and pot of wheat are their most typical dishes. Of course the meat from hunting, especially the rabbit, is not lacking either. Hence, the rice with rabbit is also present in its stoves.

Wheat crumbs. Pot of Wheat. Rice With Rabbit. Purchena fry (based on tomatoes and peppers). Stoned (Rice with cod and beans). Cod meatballs. Rabbit fry.

Sweets: Homemade butter. Lard cake. Hornazos. Fritters. Fried Doughnuts



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This is the biggest and known party of this town, since it is the Patrón de pueblo. The procession is done in honor of San Ramón Nonato. There are championships of fronton, deck, football, children’s games and music originated by a set or orchestra that softens the evenings. The Moors and Christians is the commemoration of the battle that is established between these two sides to get to the opposite to their religion and to take possession of the saint

The Patron Saint processes through the streets of Laroya and is mute witness to the battles that Moors and Christians wage in the Fiestas that are celebrated in his honor.


The first day the Moro and Christian sides face each other in a bloodless battle in which texts are read and in which the Moors side wins.

In the second and final day of confrontation Christians win.

Between the two sides is a peculiar personage, “The Baller” that is treated like spy by both sides and that ends baptized after the defeat of the Moors.

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They are the lights that are lit in the streets, at night the neighbors gather around the fire, where they eat meats, potatoes and sausages accompanied by drinks. She sings and dances all night.



It’s called snack day. Families and friends are going to spend the whole day in the field. Formerly the women took to them to eat the husbands to the field since then this day is festive.


This day is made a large cross adorned with flowers, candles and all kinds of decorative ecclesiastical objects. There is a small party with music, dancing, jokes, stories, riddles and so on. That make people out.


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 Virgin of 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 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.





Town Hall of Laroya

Direction: Plaza Constitucion, 1, 04868 Laroya, Almería

Web: http://www.laroya.es/

Contact: 950 12 84 25



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