Olvera is a small village of the Cadiz mountain range, declared as an Artistic Historical Ensemble and is situated in between the provinces of Seville and Malaga, 2 hours away from Cadiz by car (130 km.).
This village of Arab origin still has the remains of some of the walls that surrounded it in the past and that protected it from the exterior threats. It also has religious buildings from the Christian conquest in the late 15th century, although Olvera was conquered in the year 1327. Its name comes from its location surrounded by olive trees, previously known as Olivera and as Wupira during the Arab domination.
Amongst the festivities of Olvera we’ll discover the carnivals, the holy week, the fair and the San Agustin festivals.
The so-called Quasimodo Monday, is a pilgrimage that dates back to 1715, a tradition that comes from the gratitude of the village that it rained after a long period of drought, a natural event that due to the period in which it happened it was assigned a non-natural, divine cause and became the biggest pilgrimage held on a working day in Andalusia as a thank you and currently as a tradition.
The fair of Olvera comes from Olvera’s support in the war of secession, which was why King Philip the 5th, in 1710, gave this village a day for the celebration of a fair, the 28th of August. Currently the fair of Olvera takes place from the 28th of August till the 31st.
They tried to recover the fair as it formerly was, like the one celebrated during the month of May, during which they exhibit the cattle for its subsequent sale.
Olvera is situated 112 km. away from Malaga airport by road. You must head towards Ardales and pass by Teba. On the following map you can see the recommended route to get to Olvera in Cadiz from Malaga.