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).