Torvizcón

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Torvizcón is situated on the western side of the Rambla Torvizcón on the slope of the Cerro del Cercado, located to the left of the Cerro Salchicha.

One of its many traditions is the Cría del cerdo de San Antón (‘the breeding of Saint Anthony’s pig’), in which a pig with a red ribbon tied around its neck is let loose around the town. The locals have to feed the pig whilst it is roaming, until they gather in the town square and draw lots for the pig at the end of the celebrations.

According to the British writer and Hispanist Gerald Brenan, the town may be named after the local shrub ‘torvisco’, which was traditionally used to cure the evil eye. Pedro Antonio de Alarcón nicknamed the town ‘the favourite place of the sun’, and it was once the capital of the Sierra de la Contraviesa, as the mountain range extends over the whole municipality. Torvizcón’s town centre is one of the best preserved in the region.

Some historians believe there was already a settlement during the Roman Empire which was called Turidianum. During the Arab domination Torvizcón enjoyed a period of prosperity thanks to its booming agricultural industry, helped by the excellent irrigation systems and wells built by the Moors. By this time the town also produced high-quality silks and grew vines and even exported raisins.

With the Reconquista and the subsequent uprising and expulsion of the Moors the town suffered from a major drop in its population. It recovered gradually, and in the 17th century it was officially recognised as a town. In the 19th century a number of farmhouses grouped together to form a rural tourism initiative.

In addition to the specialities of the area (fennel stews, Migas, Fritadilla de conejo, Choto al colorín), Torvizcón is famous for its sweets made of dried figs, such as its delicious fig bread.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Alpujarra and Valle de Lecrín
Postcode: 18430
Distance from Granada (km): 80
Number of inhabitants: 795
People: Torvizconenses
Web: www.torvizcon.es
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Iglesia parroquial de Nuestra Señora del Rosario

Torvizcón

The church was built in the Mudejar style and dates back to the 16th century. Inside there is a beautiful statue of Mary from the 18th century that is well preserved.

Alpujárride Wine Museum

Torvizcón

This centre offers visitors a tour of the wine culture in the province of Granada, and in particular of the La Alpujarra. Here you can enjoy tastings, take part in the harvest and even tread grapes. You can participate in [...]

Museum of Agriculture Tools Agustín Neguilla

Torvizcón

On display here are a selection of farm implements and other agricultural tools. There are also a wide range of curiosities made from wicker and other materials.

Celebrations of San Antonio Abad (El Marranillo de San Antón)

Torvizcón

The locals of Torvizcón are all responsible for feeding and caring for the pig used in the celebration of San Anton. The animal is allowed to roam free for several months with a red ribbon tied around his neck, and [...]

San Marcos

Torvizcón

In this day it is a tradition to go to have lunch to the field to taste the typical hornazos with boiled egg.

San Marcos

Torvizcón

In this day it is a tradition to go to have lunch to the field to taste the typical hornazos with boiled egg.

Celebrations of San Antonio Abad (El Marranillo de San Antón)

Torvizcón

The locals of Torvizcón are all responsible for feeding and caring for the pig used in the celebration of San Anton. The animal is allowed to roam free for several months with a red ribbon tied around his neck, and [...]



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