Albox: Passion and Tradition Potter

Los Puntas Pottery-Museum

Albox still has one of the oldest active workshops in the province of Almeria, “Los Puntas Pottery”, located on Calle San Leonardo, its Arab kilns treasure 300 years of history, named by the Ministry of Tourism as “Punto de Artisan Interest of Andalusia “. In 2012, Junta de Andalucía recognized Los Puntas, Antonio and Juan Alfonso Fernández as “Artisan Masters”.

In the workshops, the master potters continue to cook with the traditional style, pots, pitchers, jars, dishes, etc. The charm of its vessels is precisely in its soft imperfections. The pottery can be visited and there’s also a store to buy a souvenir.

Luis Alfonso Fernández, the youngest of “Los Puntas”, has recently prepared pottery as a museum for visitors to learn about an interpretive visit: tools, utensils and what the potter’s work was like throughout history. It also offers workshops to groups to learn how to make clay pots as it used to be. This workshop is ideal for children who will experience a very special experience, as they will feel like potters giving life to the clay with their own hands. (The workshops must be previously arranged in 679 882 888)

Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Salient

We leave the Los Puntas Pottery-Museum to travel 19km by car to the Sanctuary of the Saliente, located on the top of Mount Roel in the Sierra de las Estancias and built in the eighteenth century, is the most important architectural gem that Albox has .

Declared a historical-artistic monument, it is one of the largest monasteries in Eastern Andalusia with 300 years of history and that welcomes the Virgin of the Desamparados del Saliente, the spiritual patron saint of the town, small in size but great in Marian devotion. It extends throughout the Spanish southwest. The Virgin of the Salient is the only pregnant virgin with a dragon at her feet that is known in Europe. Every September 8 the parishioners visit her in pilgrimage.

The set of the Sanctuary is unquestionable beauty and simplicity, is composed of chapel, monastery, souvenir shop, restaurant and hospedería.

Places to eat: restaurant Virgen del Saliente, María del Saliente restaurant, hotel restaurant La Parrilla.

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