A walk through Purchena

Purchena stands in the heart of the Almanzora River Valley. Its origin should be sought in the hill of living rock, seat of the three cultures: Iberian, Arab and Christian.

We recommend the quiet walk through its streets, starting in Plaza Larga, a square where you can see manor houses from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, paying special attention to their bars, facades and the renovated Casa del Fiscal, new location of the City Council , where summer courses are organized every summer at the University of Almeria and where the new Ethnographic Museum is located.

We arrive at Plaza de la Luna, presided over by the Town Hall, where a sculpture and the fountain dedicated to Luna, a beautiful Moorish purchenera, will catch your eye. We will also find in this square the oldest Public Library of the high region of Almanzora. We continue our way down Granada Street, from which we can contemplate a beautiful panoramic view of part of the fertile vega of Purchena, to end at the San Ginés fountain, dated in 1887. We will ascend through the network of Moorish streets where, at the end of them, under the Castle district, the Parochial Church of San Ginés rises majestically. Built in the sixteenth century on the basis of what was the former aljama mosque (main) by the architect Juan de Orea. It is Renaissance style (front) with great influence of the Mudejar Granada (roof).

Visited the Church, the adventurous traveler can start the climb up Capilla Street, which leads to the Water Tower on the right, and on the left ascending a small path to the ruins of the old Alcazaba, where we find the Hermitage of the Virgin of Carmen.

Then we will go down steep and well-maintained alleyways towards the road, and crossing this we will find the park dedicated to the Basque lawyer Juan Mª Bandrés, who was exiled in Purchena in 1969.

From here we will go to the recreational and sports area of ​​the municipality where the visitor has the option to start a tour of Sierra de los Filabres, one of the green lungs of the province of Almeria, with virgin and native vegetation where the streams run on slopes down. A must visit is the Silveria recreational area, well conditioned to spend a day in the country, or the Gevas spot.

Purchena welcomes and dismisses the traveler through its magnificent bridge dating from 1929 and rehabilitated in recent years.

Plan suggested by Manolo Sola (librarian of Purchena)

Places to eat: Restaurante Estación de Purchena

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