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Almeria enjoys excellent motorway links and is one of the most accessible districts of the province of Almeria. The Almanzora region is easy to reach, thanks to three international airports and growing motorway networks. The current journey time from Almeria International Airport is around 50 minutes by road. Other international airports are at Murcia - which will be around an hour away with the opening of a new motorway direct to the Almanzora Valley in the spring of 2007 - and Alicante which is less than two hours by road. Scheduled and charter flights from the UK and Eire take around two and a half hours. Residents requiring medical care can use the facilities of a major regional hospital at Huercal Overa, and private clinics in Almeria. For winter sports enthusiasts, the ski resorts of the Sierra Nevada are only one hour and 45 minutes away by car.
The history of Albox can be traced back to the Phoenicians, a civilisation who were a maritime trading culture that spread across the Mediterranean between 155 BCE and 300 BCE. evidence of this ancient culture can be found all along the Almanzora Valley including ceramics coins and stone axes from the Greek and Roman times. Present day Albox is a thriving market town which is undergoing a transformation with new Plazas, shopping areas and access to the new motorway. There are many fine restaurants and tapas bars and all the usual amenities that you would expect from a affluent town. As with the rest of the region the locals are helpful and friendly and with it's spectacular scenery its a perfect place to retire or raise a family.
Local Fiestas in Albox
- Romeria de la Virgen del Saliente – 7th & 8th September
On the 7th of September every year, a famous pilgrimage that begins in Albox and makes it's way by foot through the evening, the entire 18 kilometres to the picturesque Monastery in Saliente. This Romaria is well known throughout Spain and attract many visitor from near and afar.
The pilgrimage is made to commemorate a Marian Apparition that had been said to have occurred towards the end of the 17th century. Nowadays there is more of a party atmosphere as many young people take part.
- Feria y Fiestas de los Santos – 31st October – 6th November
This festival dates back many years as being one of the most important agricultural events that are held in Spain. It is celebrated both before and after the 1st of November (All Saints Day)
Over the years and with the modernisation of Spain's rural regions, the All Saints Day festival has taken on more fiesta and the agricultural theme that it was originally known for has somewhat diminished. Despite that it is still rated as one of the more important fiestas to be held in the province of Almeria with many thousands of people flooding to Albox to participate. One of it's most well known events is the Feria de Mediodia, when a gigantic paella is cooked and served to all those that attend.
Arboleas is situated along the banks of the Almanzora river which would explain why the economy is in the main agricultural producing citrus fruits, olives, almonds and cereals. The local Spanish are very friendly and generous (its not unusual to find some home grown peppers or fruit on your doorstep). This charming market town has several supermarkets, schools and a doctors surgery, and very good local tapas bars and restaurants.
Local Fiestas in Aboleas
- Saint James – 25th July
- San Roque – 15th August
- Patron saints day – The last Sunday in October
With a history stretching back 4000 years present day Mojacar has developed from Europe's most ancient cultures, the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Moors. The Moors remain the strongest influence of all which is clearly visible in the old Moorish fortress and the Mudejar architecture in the old town. Each June the locals and visitors celebrate their Arab ancestors with a three day Moors and Christian fiesta in the town and on the fabulous beaches. During this time the whole town is dressed in extravagant costumes and there is a medieval market and tournament. The fiesta culminates with a grand procession of Christians followed by the Moors led through the village.
Local Fiestas in Mojacar
- Moors and Christians Festivities – mid-June
- Virgen del Carmen – 16th July
- Patron saints day – 28th August