LAROYA, EVOLUTION AND FUTURE
To speak of Laroya is to speak of peace and tranquillity. It comes from the Arabic word “Laroya”, which means “pot” or “hole”. And that is what its founders must have perceived when naming it: its location among the mountains. A privileged location that makes it different from the surrounding villages. Laroya is an oasis where you can go back in time, but with the present day very much in mind. That is what makes it special and unique.
We have always been told that great fragrances come in small bottles, so don’t let its size and population of approximately 170 inhabitants fool you, because it has enough magic to capture the attention of all who visit this enclave in the Sierra de los Filabres. In fact, Laroya thrives thanks to the tourists who come here and admire its surroundings, its landscape, the narrow white, cobbled streets full of charm, its main square and some of its traditions, both gastronomic and cultural. And as the icing on the cake, we would highlight its 16th century Mudejar style church, with a peculiar flattened tower, and whose interior houses one of the greatest treasures for its inhabitants, the relic of the town’s patron saint: San Ramón Nonato.
Laroya is a clear example of improvement and evolution thanks, among other things, to rural tourism. Those of us who have enjoyed it in recent years can attest to this transformation. Although historically, this municipality subsisted mainly on agriculture and the marble quarrying industry due to its proximity to Macael, today its reality is quite different. Over the last few years, its inhabitants have been able to take advantage of the unbeatable possibilities of tourist interest offered by the municipality, to attract travellers and visitors who know how to fall in love with villages with their own personality, picturesque cultural traditions and, above all, who like to enjoy nature.
To speak of the future in Laroya is to speak of quality rural tourism. The municipality has unique and beautiful rural accommodation, old restored houses that have not lost their charm and history. The same goes for every corner of the village, every house, every street, the whole village has its own charm and legend that attracts any visitor and makes you go back in time and win you over.
The people of Laroye have worked hard to offer visitors an unparalleled rural experience, also through quality gastronomy and renowned artisan products.
For photography lovers, we know that Laroya is a jewel in terms of what it has to offer. It is impossible to talk about quality in tourism without referring to the fact that Laroya is located and catalogued as an “ecological zone”. Nowadays we know how important it is to conserve the surroundings and the environment in a sustainable way, and the municipality demonstrates this in its paths and trails, with an impressive wealth of vegetation. It is an environment with routes that are a delight for those who enjoy sport, those who go for a walk or, if you will allow me, even those who photograph its landscapes, its customs or its people.
I fell in love with it, and I hope you will too.
Article written by: Jose Francisco Góngora (Businessman and photographer).
If you are in the province of Almería and you are looking for an outdoor experience that allows you to connect with nature, you cannot miss the trails of Los Molinos and Reul Alto, the walk through the town of Laroya and El Charcón del Buey. These options are perfect for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the landscape, the tranquility of the surroundings and the fresh air of the mountain.
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In this visit you will see the Church of San Ramón Nonato from the 16th century (Laroya) in Mudejar style, a work by Antonio Munar. A 19th century olive oil mill and a tour of the village. You will also discover the Marble Interpretation Centre and we will walk through the streets of Macael and Laroya admiring monuments, seeing corners and learning about legends.
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The Charcón del Buey The Laroya River is a special and charismatic river that is part of the tributaries of the Almanzora River. Crossing the town to which it owes its name, it constitutes the main reason why Laroya has a special character, an orography and a landscape very different from the rest of the region. At more than 800 m of altitude, this river has been built by digging its channel in the rock. This source of life almost foreign to the times of abundance and drought, has the vocation of not leaving at any moment to provide the neighbors of the town with that fundamental element such as water. With the great protagonism that counts in the population, its channel is winding through a network of irrigation ditches and rafts dating from the ninth and tenth centuries, and that take advantage of the waterfalls that are generated in it for the construction of mills and even a tejera where bricks were built. That orographic hole on which the Laroya River has taken its toll is located in a privileged environment that has favored the development of waterfalls and waterfalls along the course of the river. This is the […]
Of the castle of the locality Almería of Laroya only remains, at present, some vestiges. This fortress, whose construction and origin have not been studied, stands in a beautiful mountain village of very asymmetrical and steep streets, in which we can also admire the parish church, built in the sixteenth century.
The Parish Church San Ramón Nonato is an excellent work of great neoclassical purity and remarkable balance of volumes that stands out among the traditional hamlet of the rest of the town. It was built in the second half of the 17th century, working on the construction of the architect Antonio Munar, although the name of the architect who designed it was unknown. The main façade of the San Ramón Nonato Parish Church has a double pediment, complete with a domed bell tower among igneous rockets. The interior features a vaulted Latin cross plan with vaulted dome above the cruiser
From Macael we can take an optional tour that climbs the hillsides of Los Filabres, to the village of Laroya. Rounds and turns of the road allow you to gain height, crossing an environment without vegetation where some isolated farmhouses stand out. Suddenly this little village appears before us, sheltered in a corner of the mountain. Only a few houses make it up, especially the church. We encourage you to leave your car at the entrance of the town, as it becomes useless in the tiny alleys that make it up. Without a doubt, he will have left it in a large circular era that serves as a parking space. Go through this tiny farmhouse and admire this secluded corner of the Sierra de los Filabres, where even today, its people work the terraces that surround the village. Powered by Wikiloc
Nature and Laroya become synonyms for all those who know this corner of the Sierra de Los Filabres. You just have to walk through any of its places to realize that it is a great opportunity to enjoy an ecosystem rich in vegetation and native fauna that will delight nature lovers. And to unite all its places, Laroya has a network of different roads and beautiful trails to enjoy a cultural and natural experience like no other. Since 2010, these trails have been recognized by all those who want to venture into them: The PR-A 372 in Reúl Alto is a route that recovers old roads, which were in disuse, had even partially disappeared and communicated the town with the bordering populations entering the Sierra de los Filabres. 13.4 km of magnificent landscapes, trees, fountains and roads. A circular route that also has two healthy routes of 3500 and 5500 steps. This path runs very close to the places where the famous “Fuegos de Laroya” are developed, some unexplained phenomena of 1945 considered as the first X file of Spain. The PR-A 366, or Route of the mills, allows the walkers to contemplate the remains of the old mills and […]
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CR/AL/00072 From the Cottages Picachico de Laroya, in Almeria we give you our most cordial welcome to this natural paradise that is the Sierra de Filabres in Andalusia, and we want to share with you. An environment charged with positive energy, fruit of the abundant nature that surrounds us. A natural setting and a rustic environment full of clean air where you can recharge your body and mind with the sap that springs from this ancient landscape, wild, vibrant and full of life. You decide to give yourself a rural getaway and rent one of our lodgings in the Casas Rurales Picachico, and you will be able to enjoy with us a special world, the warmth and the cordiality of our people, of typical Andalusian cuisine, cooked on a slow fire in our “Mesón Acacia”, as the canons … and always in permanent contact with Nature. From the Picachico de Laroya Cottages in Almeria, we are proud to offer you a space where you can isolate yourself from the rush of everyday life, and where you can find yourself in a rural environment surrounded by pure Nature. Antonia Medina Ujaldón Manager
Welcome to the Sierra de Filabres in Almería H/AL/00850 Rural tourism or agrotourism is an activity that in recent years has acquired great importance as an interesting alternative to traditional tourism. Few alternatives combine sport, nature, history, tranquility, tradition and above all human warmth. In the enigmatic Sierra de los Filabres, 60 km from Vera beach and 80 km from Almería capital, in the middle of a declared ecological interest by the Andalusian Committee of Ecology, is the rural farmhouse San Marcos in the Reul Alto. A special place to enjoy rural tourism in its widest expression. Surrounded by a dream landscape, you will savor peace and tranquility, sport and nature while enjoying splendid views of the Almanzora Valley, the marble quarries of Macael, lands surrounded by mountains planted with almond trees, pines and holm oaks that are intermingled with beautiful paths and fountains Of water that invite you to enjoy walking San Marcos, a cortijo with more than 200 years of antiquity, totally renovated in rural houses that combine the comforts of today with the traditional and rural essence of yesteryear. It is located in a quiet cortijada, El Reul Alto, at the top of the mountain, at 1,200 […]
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