History

Due to its geographic location, there are countless traces of settlements from the distant past.  From the Bronze Age there is the necropolis of artificial caves dating back to the 2nd millennium B.C. The Roman city of Marciago has also given rise to important archaeological remains, such as the statue of the god Atis, red marble columns, mosaics and 28 official Roman denarii found in the area which date back to between 149 and 77 B.C. There are also remains of numerous “villae” (agricultural operations) and the necropolis which occupied several hectares.

There are still some remains of old fortifications from the Hispano-Muslim period (Gailir, El Castellar, Pozo Amargo) and a few farms with storage systems (silos).

In 1835, after a long dispute, it achieved independence from Morón de la Frontera.

Festivals

  • El Toro de Aguardiente.  Held on New Year’s Day. Local youths run in front of loose bulls until dusk.
  • Carnival.  This is another festivity that has grown considerably in recent years.  It is renowned throughout the region for the creativity of his masks and the originality of its cheerful parades.
  • La Romería de la Patrona.  In honour of Santa Mª Magdalena, this parade is celebrated in mid-July.  Religious people and pilgrims proceed to the Ermita del Almendral (hermitage).
  • La Feria and Fiestas de Agosto (August Festivals). These take place from 13 to 17 August.  It is a time of music, competitions and shows.
  • La Fiesta de las Candelas.  Celebrated on the last day of the year.  The locals bid farewell to the year by lighting a huge bonfire in the village square.

Gastronomy

Highly recommended dishes include wild asparagus, cooked and scrambled in bread soup, boronía de calabaza (pumpkin), rabbit and wild hare in hunting season and the traditional sopas vueltas (soups). Don’t miss the local charcutería and embutidos (cold meats). Confectionary includes tortas de hornazo, pestiños (fritters) and the popular “molletes” (buns)

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