We cannot deny it. We are passionate about Andalusia! And is that each of its provinces has a special magic, in addition to hiding incredible corners. In PomegranateFor example, you will be able to discover cities with impressive architecture, beautiful towns scattered across valleys, slopes and beaches, natural parks, hot springs, caves that recall troglodyte life, the Costa Tropical ... Among all the corners of this Andalusian province today we want to highlight Galley, a town unknown to the vast majority that has a lot to offer.
Located in the northeast of the Altiplano of Granada, this town is considered the oldest in the Huéscar region, and encompasses, beyond its core, the districts of La Alquería, Riego Nuevo and Cortijo del Cura. Would you like to discover more about this wonderful piece of Andalusia? Well, do not miss anything we tell you below!
Undoubtedly, one of the attractions of Galera is its natural environment, characterized by the variety of its landscapes. In this town in the province of Granada you can find from fertile cultivation fields crossed by its Barbatas river, to semi-arid places, passing through empty badlands, a type of landscape with arid characteristics and lithology rich in shales. The Natural Birth of La Hedionda deserves a special mention, a source of medicinal waters with a high sulfur content that some hikers take advantage of to heal the skin when they pass this route.
The Natural Birth of La Hedionda deserves a special mention, a source of medicinal waters with a high sulfur content that some hikers take advantage of to heal the skin when they pass this route. Spectacular is the path that runs through the wetland located in the so-called Barranco del Agua, one of its most characteristic boulevards towards the archaeological site of Castellón Alto.
As it could not be otherwise, its urban center also amazes, highlighting its Plaza Mayor, which houses the City Hall and the parish of Our Lady of the Annunciation, in Mudejar style. In addition, here you can find stately houses that are kept in a perfect state of conservation. As if this were not enough, in this town of Granada you can also discover its typical neighborhoods of cave-houses, in which the houses are excavated in natural rock. Incredible as it may seem, many families live in these curious homes. You will also be surprised by the Puente de Hierro Galera, with the characteristic reddish color of the metal, built in the early 20th century.
Outside the urban nucleus, Galera also has other rural accommodations and rustic farmhouses where you can spend an unforgettable stay.
Vestiges of yesteryear
We have already given you enough reasons to visit Galera, but this town in Granada is much more than its urban center and its natural environment. And is that here you can also find archaeological sites belonging to the Argaric and Iberian cultures. The Castellón Alto Archaeological Site stands out, which has allowed historians to know the characteristics of the settlements of the Argar culture, developed throughout the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula during the Bronze Age. In November 2002, a burial was found in Castellón Alto with two individuals, one of them partially mummified. You can find the original remains of the grave in the Galera Museum.
Of course, we must also highlight the Iberian Necropolis of Tútugi, which covers the largest area destined for funeral purposes by the Iberian culture in the entire peninsula. In one of his burial mounds a Phoenician figure known as “Diosa de Galera” or “Lady of Fertility” was found, which is currently exposed in the National Archaeological Museum of Spain. On the other hand, the Cerro del Real Archaeological Site stands out, where they can be found footprints of almost all the cultures developed in the southern peninsula in the last 4,000 years; and remains of the Nasrid File, specifically, three towers built during the period in which the province of Granada served as a border between the Muslim and Christian world.
Gastronomy and lifestyle
We cannot speak of Galera without mentioning its wide and varied traditional gastronomy. Among its desserts stand out the wind donuts and the fried flowers; of its cooked dishes we want to highlight the baked tin, the flour crumbs and the cooked ones of all kinds; and of its drinks, we recommend you try the local wine, churripampli, pomace brandy, mistela and various liqueurs. To finish, we want to comment that just to discover your particular lifestyle, it is already worth visiting this town of Granada.The gallery owner is close, he likes the tranquility, but he also likes to enjoy his parties and celebrations, and of course, don't miss out on hanging out with friends to have some "flat" wine religiously with its lid. For all this, the stranger immediately feels integrated among the wonderful people of Galera.
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