Pedro Martínez is located on the Cerro de Mencal. It has the most typical Castilian layout in the entire province, the legacy of the people who came to repopulate the town. Both its layout and its geographical position, set in a wide plain like in La Mancha are very similar to the towns in Castile.
El Mencal lies 1447 metres above sea level and is one of the most representative towns of the region of Los Montes, which marks the end of the Hoya de Guadix mountains. Some say the name of this hill means ‘transit’ or ‘step’ in Arabic, that used to describe the remains of dolmens and caves occupied throughout the Palaeolithic period. In the caves of El Mencal the Puerta de la Iglsia is very much worth seeing, as from here it opens up to the Cueva de las Palomas.
Although it is unclear when the town was founded, it is believed that the Duke of Gor who, after conquering the Masrid kingdom, gave the town to the captain of his troops Pedro Martinez Pretel. He built his house here first and soon after the church to avoid having to travel to Gobernador to attend Mass.
It seems that the first inhabitants of the town were the people who farmed the surrounding land. Although the oldest existing documents in the parish archives date back to 1651, the creation of the parish was well before this. The municipality was created in 1819.
The local specialities are inspired by the Castilian cuisine. Typical dishes includes casseroles and stews as well as Gachas and all kinds of game.
The village of Pedro Martinez celebrates its main celebrations in August, taking advantage of the holiday break that many villagers use to come back to the village. The celebration program includes cultural, sport and religious events throughout the day and [...]