Turre, Almeria

This town of Almeria belonging to the region Levante de Almeria is located about 50 meters above sea level, 85 kilometres from the capital and just 4 kilometres from the Mediterranean coast.

History of Turre

This municipality has human presence dating back to prehistoric times and passing by the Romans who settled and left archaeological remains in the vicinity of the town.

Turre beachesAfter the fall of the Roman Empire came the Muslim occupation, which reigned for eight centuries in Al-Andalus. The Arabs built fortifications and towers to warn of the arrival of the Christians in advance and one of the towers was built in Turre, giving name to the place. Christians conquered this land in the late fifteenth century and most of the Muslims fled to North Africa, while some who stayed became Moriscos (Muslims converted to Christianity), but eventually all fled because of religious persecution they suffered.

Turre cathedralFrom the nineteenth century Turre would experience a boom due to mining activity, providing jobs and generating a huge industry in the region of Almeria. This large and rapid economic growth generated much wealth held in the hands of just a few short-sighted shareholders; this coupled with technical problems and flooding in various galleries finally closed the mines.

During the twentieth century the remaining mining of lead and silver was in crisis after the entry of the U.S. lead and technical problems mentioned above, inked in turn to the limited size of the excavations finally shut down the mining industry present in Almeria, abandoning any possibility of further exploiting the grounds. This mining crisis and the decline in agriculture caused a migration that lasted until early 1980.

Tourism and things to do

The current tourism in Turre is a sun and beach tourism, influenced by the proximity to Mojacar, a very popular tourist destination. In Turre there are also some interesting places that you can visit:

Ruins of the villages of Cabrera and Teresa

You cannot pass by Turre without visiting these archaeological remains and the only non-religious monument of Turre, some remains of settlements dating from the late Middle Ages; among these remains there are also a mill and an aqueduct.

Moreover, the Christian presence in the Middle Ages has left many religious buildings trying most of the time to hide beliefs that were present before, as in the case of the church dating from the sixteenth century which was built on an ancient mosque.

Festivals and celebrations in Turre

Most of the festivities in Turre are medieval religious traditions that have continued over the years.

Gastronomy en Turre

When visiting Turre, you cannot leave without tasting the typical tasty dishes of this municipality:

  • Zanguangua : This is a very refreshing dish served especially during the summer

  • Caldo pimentón: Prepared with fish or clams, potatoes, dried peppers, tomatoes, garlic and water.

  • Gurullos: Typical dish of Almeria.

  • Blodd sausage - Snails in spicy sauce

  • Marinated Sardines

  • Tortas de chicharrones (Krackling cakes of lard)

How to get to Turre from Malaga

By car, we reach Turre in just three hours from Malaga. In the route below you can see how to get there driving along the coast visiting and other interesting places as Adra and Roquetas de Mar. Another option would be to take the northern route from Granada and turning south in Guadix.

If needed, car hire in Malaga with GPS is an option to take in consideration for making your trip easier.

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