Villanueva de las Torres

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The town extends out into a gorge to the left bank of the Río Fardes. It used to be called Villanueva de Don Diego, probably because in the 17th century it belonged to Don Diego Torres.

The main attraction here is the Balneario de Alicún de las Torres, located on the estate in which the Río Gor and the Río Fardes meet, at an altitude of 700-800 metres. Its medicinal waters were officially declared for public use on 31st March 1870.

There are also a number of archaeological sites in this town, including Haza del Toril that dates back to the Neolithic and Bronze periods. The Baños de Alicún site dates back to the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic times, and it is here that dolmens, flint pieces, arrowheads, knives, ceramic fragments, glass and human remains have been discovered.

The archaeological sites that have been excavated in this area show that human settlers have lived in Villanueva de las Torres since prehistoric times. Of all the cultures that have subsequently come to the area, it was the Arabs that left most traces behind. There is even written evidence that the thermal waters were used as baths at this time. The town suffered from the many attacks of the Christian troops who were camped in Cazorla during the Nasrid period, and later went into decline after the Reconquista and the expulsion of the Moors.

It became a municipality fairly recently. This town has a lot of potential as a tourist destination because of its spa and its many cave dwellings that have been turned into tourist accommodation.

The local cuisine uses many locally grown almonds, olives and fruit. You should try the Papas a lo pobre, Ajoblanco, Conejo en fritada, Pipirrana, the traditional bean and chickpea soup, Gachas and the Migas.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Guadix and El Marquesado
Postcode: 18539
Distance from Granada (km): 66
Number of inhabitants: 789
People: Villanovenses
Web: www.villanuevadelastorres.es
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Iglesia parroquial de Santa Ana

Villanueva de las Torres

This church was built in the 20th century. Inside there are a number of valuable pieces of art such as sculptures by the School of Alonso Cano. There is also a statue of Christ on the Cross dating back to [...]

Celebration in honour of San Blas

Villanueva de las Torres

The celebration of San Blas was moved to August because the inhabitants of Villanueva take advantage of the villagers who are out of the village during the year and come back for their holidays to have the celebrations with more [...]

Acequia del Toril and the Alicún dolmens

The short and easy walk runs through the area surrounding the spa of Alicún de las Torres. The tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy the lovely mineral rock wall that has formed hot water springs over the centuries.

Celebration in honour of San Blas

Villanueva de las Torres

The celebration of San Blas was moved to August because the inhabitants of Villanueva take advantage of the villagers who are out of the village during the year and come back for their holidays to have the celebrations with more [...]



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