A good starting point for the route is Albanchez, a town with quarries and natural stone handling factories you can access from Almanzora or Cantoria. Leave the A-334 (exit signposted), or from Almeria on the N-340 road to the junction of Uleila del Campo towards Cantoria. At the entrance of the village youcan see a monument made in white marble as a tribute to the farmers. Albanchez is a walled town and has a striking architecture and layout, very typical of the historic heritage of the area.

From Albanchez we can continue towards Líjar or Cóbdar. In Líjar you can visit the quarries of Lobera, Cerro de Huertecicas and la Viña. Its workshops are famous for marble, granite, travertines, and creams, among others. In Cóbdar we appreciate the visual impact of the great quarry of Los Calares, with five spectacular descents of water. There are remains of the mining industry that deserve to be visited.

From Cóbdar, the road leads us to Chercos, where we will find archaeological sites from the 2nd millennium BC. C. like the one of Piedra Moros, with ruprest engravings that represent scenes of the daily life of the first settlers of the zone. From Chercos, crossing the mountains, you reach the capital of marble, Macael, town that gives rise to one of the best-known and most prestigious varieties of marble in the world: Blanco Macael. Between Olula and Macael is the Andalusian Technological Center of the Natural Stone, authentic neuralgic center of the history, technology, studies and projective of the marble production in this singular zone of the region of the Valley of the Almanzora.

From Macael, producer of the famous white gold of the Almanzora, we can make a journey that climbs the hillsides of the Filabres, to the village of Laroya. Back in Macael, we continue our trip along the Tabernas-Olula del Río road. In Olula, two religious buildings stand out for their characteristics: The Church of San Sebastian and the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, which has the distinction of being built entirely of marble. After crossing this town we went up to Purchena on the A-334. In Purchena, at the beginning of the bridge over the Almanzora River, we will find the archer carved in white marble, a statue placed in commemoration of the Aben Humeya Moriscos Games that are celebrated every year.

From Purchena it is worth climbing to Urrácal on the Baza-Huércal Overa highway. In this town we can visit Cave Canem, a company dedicated to the artisan manufacture of luxury mosaics of Roman inspiration from natural stone.

Back on the A-334 we will arrive at Olula del Río, a town where we can visit the Ibáñez House Museum and numerous workshops specialized in marble crafts. A couple of kilometers, following the A-334, you reach Fines, a town that receives the traveler with a large marble sculpture and an avenue adorned with sculptures in natural stone. In End there are the Marble School and the Marble Museum, a fundamental visit for the traveler interested in crafts and industry in this area.

The route can be completed in Cantoria, where the company Cosentino is located, perhaps the most active in the marketing of Blanco Macael marble from around the world.


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