Turre, Almeria

Nestled in the Levante de Almeria region, Turre is a charming town in Almeria that boasts a rich history and vibrant culture. Perched approximately 50 metres above sea level, Turre is situated a mere 85 kilometres from the bustling capital and just 4 kilometres from the serene Mediterranean coast.

With its close proximity to the coast and the capital, Turre offers the perfect blend of tranquillity and accessibility, making it a must-visit destination for those exploring the wonders of Almeria.

The Fascinating History of Turre

Prehistoric Beginnings and Roman Influence

The story of Turre stretches back to prehistoric times, with evidence of human presence in the area dating back millennia. The Romans, known for their expansive empire, also settled here, leaving behind archaeological remnants that hint at their influence in the vicinity of the town.

Islamic Rule and Christian Conquest

Turre beachesFollowing the fall of the Roman Empire, the region came under Muslim rule, which lasted for eight centuries in Al-Andalus. The Arabs constructed fortifications and towers, one of which was built in Turre, lending its name to the place. The late fifteenth century saw the Christians conquer these lands, leading to the exodus of most Muslims to North Africa. Those who stayed converted to Christianity, becoming Moriscos, but eventually, they too fled due to religious persecution.

The Mining Boom and Subsequent Decline

Turre cathedralThe nineteenth century brought a mining boom to Turre, creating jobs and sparking a massive industry in the region of Almeria. This rapid economic growth generated substantial wealth, albeit concentrated in the hands of a few short-sighted shareholders. However, technical problems and flooding in various galleries led to the eventual closure of the mines.

The Twentieth Century and Beyond

During the twentieth century, the remaining mining of lead and silver faced a crisis due to the influx of U.S. lead and the aforementioned technical issues. Coupled with the limited size of the excavations, these factors led to the shutdown of the mining industry in Almeria, eliminating any possibility of further exploiting the grounds. This mining crisis, along with a decline in agriculture, triggered a migration that lasted until the early 1980s.

Tourism and Attractions

Turre, with its sun-soaked beaches and proximity to the popular tourist destination of Mojacar, offers a unique blend of relaxation and exploration. But there's more to Turre than just its beautiful coastline. Here are some interesting places that you can visit:

Ruins of the Villages of Cabrera and Teresa

No visit to Turre would be complete without exploring the archaeological remains of Cabrera and Teresa. These settlements, dating back to the late Middle Ages, serve as a testament to Turre's rich history. Among these ruins, you'll find a mill and an aqueduct, adding to the historical charm of the place.


Religious Heritage

The Christian presence in the Middle Ages has left a significant mark on Turre's architectural landscape. Numerous religious buildings dot the town, many of which were constructed to supersede pre-existing beliefs. A prime example is a church from the sixteenth century, built on the site of an ancient mosque, symbolising the religious transition of the era.


Festivals and Celebrations in Turre

Turre is a town rich in tradition, with festivals and celebrations reflecting its historical tapestry. Many of these festivities are rooted in medieval religious customs that have been preserved over the years. In addition to these religious events, Turre also hosts a number of seasonal festivals tied to the agricultural calendar. The town is also home to a variety of cultural events, from music and dance performances to art exhibitions and craft fairs. A highlight is the Turre Fair, typically held in October, offering a mix of music, dance, food, and fun for all ages.

Gastronomy in 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: A typical dish of Almeria.
  • Blood Sausage - Snails in Spicy Sauce: A unique combination of flavours.
  • Marinated Sardines: A classic seafood dish.
  • Tortas de Chicharrones (Crackling Cakes of Lard): A local delicacy not to be missed.

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 is an option to take in consideration for making your trip easier.

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