The Valle del Almanzora region is located in the interior of Almeria province, and includes the area known as Alto Almanzora.It owes its name to the river that crosses it, on whose banks the first prehistoric inhabitants settled, giving origin to the villages that are nowadays integrated as Valle Almanzora. Sheltered by the Sierras de las Estancias and the Filabres, the valley offers a spectacular scenery full of contrasts. The Sierra de los Filabres is largely unknown but harbours a hidden treasure deep within its centre - the largest marble reserves in Spain.
We will visit a fully operational open air quarry and learn something of the origin, past, present and future of a village dedicated to the extraction of the white marble of Macael. We will see the biggest marble mortar in the world, listed as such in the Guinness Book of Records. And at the heart of Macael village, you can take a photo of a replica of the Alhambra’s Fountain of Lions.
We then continue to Seron, where we will be met with the aroma of cured ham. Here we will visit a family-run cold meat factory and sample a variety of typical cold meat products, made in accordance with traditional methods.
And finally, to revive ourselves, what could be better than to take a refreshing swim in Balse de Cela, a natural spring-fed pool with therapeutic waters. The pool is constantly filled by a stream of water flowing at 42 liters per second, maintaining an average temperature of between 22 and 24 ºC throughout the year. Enjoy your free time at Balsa de Cela from 2p.m. to 5 p.m. when we depart on our return journey. There are a number of nearby restaurants, as well as a garden with green lawns where you can have a picnic or just relax.
Don´t forget to bring your bathing suit and sun screen!
We recommend: wear comfortable clothing and footwear, and bring sun protection such as a cap or a hat, and sun screen.
DURATION: full day
*A visit to a cold meat factory can be substituted for a visit to see cured jam drying process or cheese production or other alternative.