Pueblos Blancos

 

Belonging to the Route of the Pueblos Blancos, this municipality is located between the Natural Parks of Sierra of Grazalema and Los Alcornocales.

The town has in its surroundings a considerable amount of caves, which makes it very attractive for hiking. It is also surrounded by elevations such as the Sierra of the Balconcillo or the Eagle Hill. Throughout the municipality runs the Guadalcacín Reservoir.

Although there are archaeological sites from the Neolithic, we find the origin of the municipality in 1773, when it was founded by Domingo López de Carvajal. According to local legends, the marquis, during an accidental boat trip, entrusted himself to the Virgen of Guadalupe, promising to found a town with her name if he was saved.

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Historic Heritage

Real Street

Witness to the evolution of the town and at its very epicenter is the Real Street, where a wide range of restaurants and shops are distributed. Firstly, it was used as a through road to communicate with other localities. The plain façades of the houses on both sides of the street follow the typical archetype of this municipality, two-story single family dwellings.

Town Hall

The Town Hall is an administrative building, constructed around the 18th century. It has two symmetrically arranged floors and its façade has a clock dating from 1865.

Parish Church of Saint María de Guadalupe

Built between 1762 and 1763, this religious building has carvings inside with an important cultural value. The name of the basilica comes from the patron saint of the town, who is also represented in a neoclassical altarpiece. Its white façade, which follows the architectural style of the Pueblos Blancos, is complemented by neoclassical and baroque elements in line with the structure of the rural hermitages of the Sierra of Cadiz.

Leather Industry

The leather industry is one of the traditional sectors in the town. High-quality leather is used to make purses, wallets, key rings and other products that are sold in local shops.

Bullring

The bullring of Algar follows a traditional concentric model, made of stone and clay. Its façade stands out, surrounded by sober buttresses.

Routes

Vereda de la Venta del Silletero Route

Another of the well-known routes in the town is the Vereda de la Venta del Silletero Route, also of low difficulty and characterized by the linearity of its route. Close to the reservoir, the area is located in the Guadalete countryside and surrounded by small hills.

Tajo del Águila Viewpoint

Another chance offered by Algar for hiking enthusiasts is to observe the scenic settlement offered by the Tajo del Águila viewpoint, one of the natural areas close to the Alcornocales Nature Reserve. From this natural balcony, we can observe different geographical landmarks such as the Picacho, the Salt Sierra, the Goats Sierra or the Two Sisters Sierra. The diversity of fauna and flora that this trail offers makes it a great option to get lost in nature. Nowadays, programmed activities such as horse riding and zip-line routes are also carried out, as well as the exploitation of tourist complexes, making it a very valuable center for visitors.

Tempul Path Route

One of the most popular is the Tempul Path Route, due to its easy access. It ends on the banks of the Guadalcacín II Reservoir, allowing visitors to spot the Goats Sierra and Salt Sierra. The route, with its gentle relief and low elevations, is used for livestock and agricultural production. The characteristics of the reservoir allow for water sports such as pedal boats and canoes, as well as fishing.

Tempul Path-Tajo del Águila Route

The Tempul Path Route, with its characteristic circular shape, runs through Algar, the Finca del Talancón and the Tajo del Águila. Starting from the Constitution Square, located in the town of Algar, we can reach the Tajo del Águila, passing through the Guadalcacín II Reservoir, the Tajo of the Talancón and the Peak of the Eagle. The ease of its route allows you to enjoy a pleasant walk through the Cadiz mountains, offering unbeatable views.

Local festivities

Algar’s Night Out

The month of May brings with it the traditional Algar’s Night Out, where visitors and inhabitants of the municipality enjoy festivities and typical local dishes in the Real Street.

Pig Slaughter Fair

In the month of December, the traditional Pig Slaughter Fair is held, where the animal is butchered so that visitors can get to know this traditional work first hand. During these gastronomic days there is a tasting of products and stands where you can buy typical Algar products.

Historical Recreation

A few years ago, an annual cultural and gastronomic activity began to be held. The Historical Recreation, which is about the creation of the town, is an event where Mexican and Algar fusion food is the focus.

Fun Run

The Fun Run takes place in November, where residents and sports enthusiasts from all over the province come together for this competition. The route goes all around the town and its surroundings, and is run in different categories to cover all ages.

Village of Algar Trail

The Village of Algar Trail is a very popular sporting event in the municipality. Participants traverse a total of 20 km over different cross-country routes.

Indoor Football Marathon

The Indoor Football Marathon is a great attraction for fans of this sport, as it brings together teams from all over Andalusia. It takes place on a weekend in June or July.

Tapas Route

In the middle of the summer season, in the month of July, the Tapas Route of Algar takes place. A tour of different bars and restaurants in the town where you can taste different tapas and typical local dishes.

Carnival

Algar celebrates its traditional Carnival in February, a festival where the streets of the town will be filled with dressed-up residents. The groups will liven up the festivities with their ‘chirigotas’ and a costume contest that will choose the most original Algar resident.

Pilgrimage in Honor of the Patron Saint Nicolás

The Pilgrimage in Honor of the Patron Saint Nicolás takes place on the first weekend in June. The schedule of festivities revolves around the patron saint of Algar, who is taken in procession in a cart to Romera Ranch. In this place a mass will be celebrated, followed by different activities that will enliven the festivities.

Ascent to Algar

During the month of March the ascent to Algar is held. A sporting event that also counts towards the Andalusian Mountain Championship.

Patron Saint Festivities in Honor of Saint María of Guadalupe

The Patron Saint Festivities in Honor of Saint María of Guadalupe is the most important festivity in the Algar’s calendar. During these days different masses are celebrated in honor of the patron saint of the town. In addition, there is the traditional salt carpet and the procession of the image of Guadalupe on 8 September. Different recreational activities will entertain children during these days and, in the evenings, live performances will enliven the nights at the fairgrounds.

Artesanía

Gastronomy

Gastronomy

Algar has different typical dishes using high quality local products. The asparagus ‘abajao’, a bread soup with asparagus, ham and egg, should not be missed. As well as the scrambled eggs and mushrooms, which are picked in the area around the town in season. To round off a typical Algar meal we find the ‘piñonate’, a traditional product made from pine nuts, almonds and honey.

What to do

Parish Church of Saint María de Guadalupe

Built between 1762 and 1763, this religious building has carvings inside with an important cultural value. The name of the basilica comes from the patron saint of the town, who is also represented in a neoclassical altarpiece. Its white façade, which follows the architectural style of the Pueblos Blancos, is complemented by neoclassical and baroque elements in line with the structure of the rural hermitages of the Sierra of Cadiz.

Town Hall

The Town Hall is an administrative building, constructed around the 18th century. It has two symmetrically arranged floors and its façade has a clock dating from 1865.

Bullring

The bullring of Algar follows a traditional concentric model, made of stone and clay. Its façade stands out, surrounded by sober buttresses.

Real Street

Witness to the evolution of the town and at its very epicenter is the Real Street, where a wide range of restaurants and shops are distributed. Firstly, it was used as a through road to communicate with other localities. The plain façades of the houses on both sides of the street follow the typical archetype of this municipality, two-story single family dwellings.

Leather Industry

The leather industry is one of the traditional sectors in the town. High-quality leather is used to make purses, wallets, key rings and other products that are sold in local shops.

Tapas Route

In the middle of the summer season, in the month of July, the Tapas Route of Algar takes place. A tour of different bars and restaurants in the town where you can taste different tapas and typical local dishes.

How to get there

The town of Algar is located between the two most important Natural Parks in the province of Cadiz, Grazalema and Los Alcornocales.

From Seville, the AP-4 motorway is the most recommended route.

From Cádiz, the AP-4 is again the fastest way to get there.

From Jerez de la Frontera, take the A-4382 and then the CA-5221.

From Malaga, we can take the A-357 and continue to Algar or take the Carretera of Antequera or A-384, which will also take us to the town.

From Ronda, the shortest route is via the A-374.

The company DAMAS has an intercity bus service from Jerez de la Frontera to Algar. You can find all the information about the route on their website.

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