Introduction

Somontín is a Spanish municipality in the province of Almería, Andalusia. In the northern part of the Almanzora Valley, a few kilometers from the river, the village of Somontín rises on its roots in a pine tree, between the foothills of the sierra at a height of 831 meters above sea level. The known data indicate that it existed in the second century of the Christian era, being one kilometer further south of the current settlement. At that time, the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, authorized to coin money in this town, which gives an idea of ​​the importance that at that time had. In the ninth century it appears as a Muslim fortress, with the name of Hisn Somontan. During the High Average Age, the strength of Purchena was subsidiary of the one of Somontín, whose jurisdiction reached until the earth of Jaén and the Mountain range of Segura. It was the party’s head of the Upper and Middle Almanzora until the Nasrid Administration, around 1440, changed it to Purchena. Once the reconquest was finished, on June 25, 1492, the Catholic Kings gave Alonso Fernández de Córdoba the villas of Fines and Somontín.

The most important visit we can make in this village is the Roman remains located near the town, on the hill of Cortijo de Carrillo, which is in the phase of archaeological study. Remains of an Arab cemetery have also been found in the Plaza del Santo.

Mercedes Navío Torres
Mayor Excellency Somontin City Council

As mayor of Somontin it is an honor for me to welcome all those who decide to discover the wonders of our people through this website.

Visiting the municipality of Somontin is an experience steeped in history.

All these singularities constitute a surprising mixture able to offer the visitor multiple tourist possibilities.

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.

DISCOVER SOMONTÍN

HISTORY AND ORIGINS

Villa located in the foothills of the Sierra de las Estancias. Look at the Almanzora Valley in its northern part. The writer Francisco Villaespesa called it “Balcón del Almanzora”.
The origin of this village is from Roman times, 2nd century AD. of C., although more to the South of the current enclave. It seems that it was a place of importance since Emperor Marcus Aurelius authorized him to mint money. At the beginning of the period of Al-Andalus will settle in the current enclave, for being a place of better defense and abundance of water. Already in the ninth century appears the Hisn Somontan as a safe fortress.
With the Christian conquest, the Catholic Monarchs gave in June 1492 the villas of Somontín and Fines to Don Alonso Fernández de Córdoba. Also it would enter to comprise of the Moorish revolts with the consequent expulsion of the Kingdom of Granada in 1570 and the later repopulation with people come from outside this kingdom.
Apparently in the year 1594 he received the visit of Don Miguel de Cervantes, as Tax Collector of the Royal Treasury that was, for the problems there were for the collection of the royal alcabalas of Somontin and other towns of Almanzora.
According to Madoz, in the year 1848 the talc mines already existed, it is possible that the beginning of its exploitation was in the interval between 1752 and 1848. The so-called jaboncillo de astre, gave work to the population for quite some time. At the beginning of the century it was a somewhat anarchic exploitation or formed by small factories. After the Civil War there would be a reactivation reaching a very important production. Later the depletion of the best reef and the appearance of underground water bags that hindered its exploitation has been abandoned.
Currently, its economy is based on agriculture with the cultivation of cereals, almonds, grapes, olives and vegetables for self-consumption; and the livestock in which the goat cattle predominate.

Gastronomy

Wheat crumbs. Wheat pot. Fritada de Purchena (based on tomatoes and peppers). Empedrado (Rice with cod and beans). Cod meatballs. Rabbit fritá. Sweets: Homemade mantecados. Butter cakes Hornazos. Fritters. Fried doughnuts.

HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

San Sebastían and Santa Inés (January 19-21).

The festivities of San Sebastían and Santa Inés are full of ancient popular traditions:

  • The visor
  • The trucks
  • The Diana
  • The roscón
  • The Moors and Christians

The Judas of Somontín (April 10).

The Judas is, at present, one of the parties of young people, and not so young, more “sounded” and with more roots in Somontín.
Each year, young people and 17 year old girls are in charge of organizing Judas. They are the fifth and the fifth.

With the help, material and economic of the relatives and friends, prepare for weeks the albardines and reviejos that have to serve to dress the pines that the Holy Saturday will be lowered of the Mountain range. They also commission the rockets and firecrackers, each year more, to the fireworks of the neighboring towns, normally in Suflí, where there is a long tradition in this trade.
Abandoned cars and other utensils are also made to “decorate” the streets of the town.

San Marcos (April 25).

It is a family holiday and among friends where work was left aside to enjoy the land and its fruits.
Such is the root of this day among somontineros and other towns in the Valley of Almanzora, that it was decided that the public schools of several of these towns are called “San Marcos”.

A few days before the party the hornazos are prepared, oil bread cakes with one or several eggs, almonds and other adornments that, like a pastry, but without chocolate, are the typical dish of the party and that eat as a snack. The eggs, cooked in their shell, end up breaking on the forehead of the unwary who does not realize that someone is approaching him with his hand hidden in the back and with a mocking smile. If it touches you, unless you get the fat tip of the egg, the one with the air bubble, because the thin one assures you a bump.

San Juan (June 23).

The tradition says that to be beautiful and beautiful all year round, it is necessary to go to San Juan’s fountain at twelve o’clock on the night of San Sebastian to wash your face. At least that’s how it was before, many years ago. Now, do not wash your face, you shower with buckets of water. You do not look pretty or handsome, but they put you “bonica” or “bonico”.
With swimsuit or bikini and a bucket in hand is the usual attire to approach that night to Los Caños. You end up wet and funny and you can have a beer to which the City Council invites you. While in much of the Mediterranean they celebrate with fire, we celebrate it with water, and that does not spare too much. Good way to start the summer.

Holidays of the tourist (August 15).

It is not that Somontín is still a tourist town, at least according to the stereotype we all know, but the five hundred inhabitants of the town multiply by three or four during the month of August. It is about those who have had to leave from there to find their lives in other places and do not forget their roots. Those who did not return to San Sebastian meet in the summer. Many times they accompany the brother-in-law or friends, who have been talked about for a long time about the town. Normally the one who comes once repeats.

For several decades they began to organize these festivals, taking advantage of the influx of people, and have ended up being the village festivities, as long as San Sebastian allows this license. They are the party for the party. A moment to enjoy the night and friends.

Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7).

The Employer of Somontín, next to San Sebastián, is the Virgin of the Rosary.

October 7 begins with the Aurora, like the day of the Assumption, on August 15 and continues with the Rosary of the Aurora through the streets of the town.
At midday the Holy Mass and the Procession of the Patron Saint are celebrated.
At night, the evening is extended with an orchestra that plays in the town square for young and old to mark a pasodoble, a rock or “Paquito el Chocolatero”.

The Virgen del Pilar (October 12).

For decades there has been in Somontin, either in the church or in the parochial dependencies, an image of the Virgin of the Pillar, although it has not been until about 15 years ago when the celebration of this celebration has been resumed with more impulse.

Somontín has a large number of civil guards, so the vocation to the Virgen del Pilar is “natural.”
For some years this celebration has been celebrated, with Mass and Procession.
Soon, we hope, the hermitage that has been built to house the image of the Virgin will be inaugurated, its construction nearing completion.

Saint Lucia (December 12).

At night, on the eve of Santa Lucia, a lawyer for the sight, the streets of the town are filled with the smell of burning burrera.

They are the lights of Santa Lucia.

The gooey smoke, sticky and aromatic, served to get rid of sight problems for the rest of the year.

When the fire has consumed the pile of bojas the most daring jump over the embers, some with a pole as a pole, others with nothing, sometimes cheating on the narrower side. It does not always work out well, and sometimes the smell of burnt rubber from the jumping shoe ends up filling the air.

ORGANIZE YOUR TRIP

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What to do?

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 Somontín is an excellent option. Our town has many options to make and we recommend the ones that are sure to be of your interest.

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Town hall

Data

City Council of Somontín

Address: Plaza del Santo 6, 04877 Somontín, Almería
Telephone: 950 42 46 44
Web: http://www.somontin.es/

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