Located in the most northerly end of the province of Cadiz, Olvera is a crossroads of roads between Cadiz, Seville and Malaga. It has an idyllic landscape of reddish lands dotted with scrub, olive and cereal. It was declared a Historic-Artistic Ensemble in 1983. Joaquín Romero Murube already said of Olvera: “Olvera is a street a church and a castle but … what street, what church and what castle!” The population has an unmistakable stamp of whitewashed houses And steep streets that lead to two masterpieces of which the town presumes, the parish church of Our Lady of the Incarnation and the Arab castle.
The Olivine cuisine offers an exquisite variety of traditional dishes and desserts that make your gastronomy delicious for any palate. Unique flavours that make eating a real pleasure. Dishes such as peas soup, tomato soup, tagarninas stew, stuffed sirloin, meat dishes, boiled potajes, slaw make the Olveraña cuisine one of its most recognized attractions throughout the Sierra. Own desserts such as Monday’s cake, hornazo, tortillas and carnival cookies add a special flavour to the pastries.
Taking as essential base its precious olive oil are made traditional dishes that continue to retain the flavour of yesteryear. Its careful preparation and the raw materials with which they are made make these dishes a real delight for the traveller who wants to delight in gastronomy.
What to visit
The origins of the present population of Olvera seem to be placed around the Arab castle in the Nasrid period. Raised in the 12th century, following a triangular layout, the fortress rises above the rock, preserving walls, turrets and the tower of homage. From the same and, following the levels of the slope, the town is projected giving place to the square and to a whole series of streets, curves and parallel, of irregular configuration; A historic hamlet that alternates the manor house, with noble cover, with the best examples of popular architecture.
La Cilla Cultural Center and Museum ‘La Frontera y los Castillos’
Known as Casa de La Cilla – a building built during the Señorío de la Casa de Osuna – without an exact date, its original destiny was the collection of grains, fruits and products of the harvests of the municipal term, belonging to the Duchy. The building underwent reforms and adaptations in time and in the middle of the last century, the successors of the house of Osuna ceded their use to the City Council that destined it to municipal jail. Its penultimate adaptation, already in private hands, is its transformation into a winery and winery. Today and after its restoration, it becomes Cultural Center, housing the Museum ‘La Frontera and Los Castillos’, the Municipal Tourism Office, an archaeological exhibition, the Interpretation Center of the Via Verde de la Sierra and a room for traveling exhibitions.
Pza. de la Iglesia. Edf. de La Cilla. 11690 Olvera (Cádiz)
WINTER: 10:30/14:00h & 16:00/18:00h. SUMMER: 10:30/14:00h & 16:00/20:00h.
MON: closed (except on holidays mondays and on the eve of holidays).
2€, joint entrance to the Museum and Castle. Free entrance for visitors registered in the municipality.
- Route of the White Villages. The white of the lime goes linking a town with another in the Route that to the north of the province crosses the Sierra de Cádiz, an abrupt, tasty, green and exciting route: Route of the White Villages. In it are surviving stories of what Al-Andalus’ daily life was like: the urban layout of its streets, the economy linked to the cultivation of oil, the artisan production of leather goods and the sweet Andalusian recipe book. A presence marked up in the name of most of the 19 villages that make up the Route.
- Monumental Route. In the population you can go ascending the most outstanding monuments of the population through steep streets, corners, albarradillas … towards the unmistakable silhouette of the historical-artistic complex: the castle and the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation .
- Route Olvera-Laundry of Pine-Sanctuary of the Remedies. From the Calle Vereda de Pino to the Sanctuary of the Remedios, the visitor will pass through the Pino Laundry, a place with a lot of tradition between the years 1685 and 1750 although its use lasted until the middle of the 20th century. The Pino Laundry is accessed through a patio where two steps are located between three low walls after which we find four pillars that support the cover of a water. On the left is the area where the water entered and to the right is the drain, standing along the pool where it was washed. Then you have to approach until the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Remedies from which we will see a sea of olive trees and the beauty of the town as a whole. Definitely one of the photos that should not be missed. Inside the Patron of the Olvereños, the Virgin of the Remedies, presides the sanctuary in a chapel worthy of contemplation.