Antonio Martos Sánchez
Mayor Excellent Town Hall of Taberno
On behalf of all the residents of Taberno, I welcome this website. Through this window, we want to show you a town with an infinity of traditions, customs and hospitable people willing to offer the visitor its human warmth.
You are invited to enjoy our gastronomy, our unique scenic corners as well as to share all the cultural, sporting and festival events that we prepare with great care and dedication.
Without more thanking your visit and remind you that you can leave your suggestions that will help us to improve.
History and origins
Villa located north of the province of Almeria, in the foothills of the Sierra de la Estancias, between Murcia and Los Vélez. Its population is divided between Taberno and its annexes as Los Llanos, Santopetar, Los Pardos, Rambla de Taberno, El Aceituno, Los Camachos, Los Mundos and Cercanías.
The independence of Vélez Rubio was from 1839. Before there was another attempt of segregation, with the Constitution of 1812, which put as a condition for municipal autonomy that had more than a thousand inhabitants, enough territory and distance from the people close. Taberno met the conditions set by law and began its journey. With the repeal of the 1812 Constitution, it would again depend on Vélez Rubio until the Constitution of 1837, in which its situation was definitively normalized up to the present day.
At the beginning of the century it would have about 2,500 inhabitants. The scarce economic resources caused by the crises of our century meant that emigration was responsible for reducing its current population to less than half. Today favorable conditions are being created for the stability of the population and a hopeful future is presented. In agriculture a series of improvements are taking place, especially in the drilling of new aquifers, which will provide a better development. In livestock, with the goat’s milk cooling center “La Pastora”, it has made possible its sale and commercialization.
A tradition worthy of mention is that of the “Dance of Souls”. The crews are formed on December 13 to prepare the trials. After singing and dancing around the town, the specialty is dances to order, even bargaining is allowed. The money obtained is used to maintain the light of souls. The gangs dissolve after Christmas until the following year. This tradition comes from the beginning of the 12th century, with reviews in the Cadastre of Ensenada from the mid-18th century.
Taberno is a gastronomic reference in both typical foods and traditional sausages, pure goat cheeses and wood-fired pastries.
We must highlight three delicacies, its exquisite blood sausage, a nationally recognized specialty, the crackling cake prepared in a wood-fired oven and the more than 13 varieties of 100% pure goat cheese.
In Taberno it is celebrated during the second week of August. Cultural, sports activities are developed from the previous weekend until Thursday that kicks off to the parties with the proclamation continuing with the La Ventolera Thematic Encounter. During the weekend: election of queens of the parties, race of ribbons on horseback, decorated carriages, dances of parrandas, popular verbenas enlivened by different orchestras. And on Sunday it stands out for its San José procession accompanied by the municipal music band.
Candelaria Festivities and August Festivities (Los Llanos)
The religious festival in honor of the Virgin takes place on February 2, the day of Candelaria.
There are different leisure activities for all audiences, it is worth noting that they are still doing the same raffle from time immemorial of a cake and a couple of pigeons in their basket and the most interesting is the procession that takes place after the mass, not have an itinerary or a specific duration since the itinerary, the stops and the bearers are decided by bidding, a very singular tradition as well as beautiful.
Of course, in such a traditional party, you can not miss the typical parrandas of this area.
Coinciding with the 15th of August, the patron saint festivities are celebrated in honor of the Virgen del Carmen.
Encounter of Cuadrillas de Taberno
Every year at Christmas the Encuentro de Cuadrillas de Taberno takes place, a traditional folklore from the northern area of Almería, which brings together the cuadrilla from Taberno with gangs from other municipalities to exchange experience in a day of coexistence that begins in the early hours of the tomorrow in the districts and ends in the scenic space of Taberno with the exhibition of each one of the crews participating in the activity.
It should be noted the large number of people in the parades that are performed throughout the municipality and in the final activity in the scenic space.
It is celebrated on March 19 in honor of the patron Saint Joseph, there is a procession, the most important in terms of number of people, leaving the Church to the source of the common where a mass is given to ask for a good year of rains. It is also a special day for the recognition of the trajectory that is given to the person or groups of people that you have highlighted for their commitment to the municipality, in any environment.
Festivities of Santopétar
In Santopétar celebrations are held on the third weekend of August, with a multitude of activities for all ages from Thursday to Sunday, with a special day, Monday where the inhabitants meet to share a meal.
In May, they decorate their hermitage for the celebration of the crosses and celebrate an outdoor mass.
ORGANIZE YOUR TRIP
WHAT TO VISIT?
Church built with devotion to the Virgin of Carmen, if this church stands out for something, it is for the singularity of its procession, since it does not have a route or an approximate duration, because it is a procession to bid (auction). It is a normal procession, with the difference of the existence of some mayordomos, who change every year and who welcome the position with love and devotion, are in charge of directing the procession. These mayordomos take a bid (bet) who will take the virgin from the church 30 euros to take the virgin !! Any companion of the virgin can shout, I go up to 40 euros !! After a few meters traveled with the Virgin is returned to auction with the same system. We also bid for the Virgin to go through a street or another, the one who pays the most will decide the journey of the procession, even if someone wants to stop at your door you must pay and in addition, pay again to continue. That money goes to pay for repairs to the church, improvements in the image, etc.
Church of the mid-eighteenth century, having its own archive and books from 1769, working from that date as a branch church of Velez Rubio, being served, depending on the periods by one or two priests, who acted as coadjutors of the church of Vélez Rubio, but it would not be until June 1, 1900 when it becomes its own Parish. The territorial scope that the bishopric of Almeria assigned to it when the parish of Taberno was constituted, did not coincide exactly with the municipal term, serving as an example that of the district of Santopetar that belonged to the parish of Santa María de Nieva. This church was built by the residents of Taberno with dedication to San José, the deceased being buried inside the same church, until the old cemetery was created, located in the current street of Pablo Picasso and later, in the current one.
Hermitage whose construction is estimated between 1846 and 1897. Repaired several times, has an extraordinary situation as it is a natural viewpoint of the urban core of Taberno rising in the highest area of it. Place of pilgrimage of the procession of the Calvary of Good Friday since time immemorial. This hermitage remains today the main point of offerings to the patron of Taberno, San José.
When we refer to the 4×4 world, Taberno is a reference, just visit any internet search engine and put “Taberno 4×4” so that there are many links to the web, photographs, videos of the events we do throughout the year. Events such as exhibitions, Spanish championship events (such as Baja Almanzora) and routes through the municipality. We are going to stop at the homologated route that you have at your disposal. Some of the participants in the routes described it to us as a cocktail between the multiadventure and the history of Taberno. During 60 km. we will visit the “canat”, an irrigation system imported from Syria more than 1000 years ago; natural viewpoints with views of the Sierra de las Estancias at the same time as the coasts of Mojacar or Águilas; we will see the biggest “Glacis” of all Europe; we will pass through wide ramblas that demonstrate the power of the great avenues of waters that occur occasionally, as well as narrow ravines that carry water all year round. We will also visit several districts highlighting Los Mundos, where the famous battle of Munda could be celebrated, in which Julio César fought; later we will see Santopetar, […]
Interpretation Center of the Habitat “Museo del Campo”. The Museum of the Field of Taberno or ethnological museum was created in 1998 with the objective of recovering and preserving all those objects that during the last two centuries were used by our ancestors; such as work tools, machinery, utensils, etc. This museum is created thanks to the collaboration of the residents of the municipality who give most of the objects to public use, currently counting the museum with a number no less than 2000 objects. All this makes us preserve history and culture. The customs of our ancestors, in order to be able to transmit to future generations this legacy, this great ethnological richness. A visit to the Taberno museum can take you back in time. Enveloping him in the mysterious rumor of the tradition, embarking him in an adventure where he will know the past and its nooks and crannies. It is a space for interpreting the rural habitat, based on the cultural heritage linked to the traditional productive activity in order to culturally and touristically project the municipality of Taberno. The center is divided into three identification spaces. 1º Reception area.- Public attention area where all the bookstore […]
There is a video of the time that can be seen and gathers “step by step” all the processes. There are bottles to take and know the authentic taste of Taberno oil, extracted by artisanal procedures. It worked in the mid-twentieth century and is in perfect condition. And it allows us to understand how oil is extracted in an artisanal way.
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 Taberno 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?
Restaurant El Rancho – Santopetar (Taberno) Between Albox and Huércal Overa, you will find a – Mesón-bar that offers wonderful, traditional Spanish dishes. Prepared on coals of olive and almond trees, the food is prepared and served in the bar-dining room. The visitors and the inhabitants do not come for restaurants, they come and, they receive, fantastic food directly from the fire, heart grill. The menus offer an excellent seasonal selection, local meats. Basic accompaniments of salad and chips will satisfy your appetite. Make sure you order the homemade alioli – it is the best one so far.
Where to sleep?
CR/AL/00146 Rural House located in a beautiful natural setting, with all the comforts and with a capacity of 8 to 10 people. Availability all year. Family farmhouse, rooted in the place since its origins, they lived naturally as part of the landscape. In times of change, its occupants had to emigrate, leaving behind them their history, their dreams, their happy moments, as well as their disappointments. Today, practically remodeled from its foundations, it stands worthy of having been recognized as a residential space generated by the place where one can find one’s own balance in its vernacular measurements.
A/AL/00183 Sol de Taberno is a charming Rural Hotel surrounded by nature. Restaurant and luxury rural accommodation in the heart of Almeria. A special place where you can enjoy a unique experience. Enterprise data Sol de Taberno is an idyllic place in the middle of nature, an Andalusian farmhouse over 100 years old, rehabilitated in 8 rural apartments, category 3 keys. Completely renovated and equipped with all comforts of a modern house, without losing the rural charm. Independent rural apartments fully equipped, with kitchen, living room with fire place, bathroom with individual Jacuzzi, spacious rooms and outdoor terrace. Free common facilities for clients, swimming pool, paddle court and tennis court. In addition to a multipurpose room fully equipped for groups with capacity for 30 people, where you can meet and enjoy together a fabulous stay. We also have a restaurant, characterized by traditional cuisine and grilled meats, where you can celebrate your wedding, communions, business meetings, friends, in a different place. Located in a field, in the Sierra de las Estancias, surrounded by mountains with almond and olive trees where we can also see the sea of Garrucha in the background on the horizon. Tranquility and peace go hand in […]