The first human settlement here dates back to Roman times, but it was not until the Muslim occupation when it gained some importance. Its name at that time was ‘Gabiar Alcobra’ and had a tower to where the inhabitants of the valley fled and hid when under attack from Christian troops. The centre of town is distinctly Muslim, with its winding narrow streets and irregular blocks.
In the 19th century Gabia Grande was the most populous municipality in the area. It currently has 10,000 inhabitants, who mainly work in agriculture, growing tobacco, cereals and vegetables.
The town’s early Christian Baptistery-Mausoleum from the 5th century is very interesting.
During the first day of celebrations they have the coronation of the Queen and her Court and at midnight the traditional serenade to the Virgen de las Nieves is celebrated. In the following days the fountain of the wine and [...]