▷ Excursion "The Route of the Indalo"

Daytrip to “The Route of the Indalo” from Roquetas de Mar, Almeria

PEPE TOURS

Daytrip to “The Route of the Indalo” from Roquetas de Mar, Almeria

PEPE TOURS

DEPARTURE city

Roquetas de Mar, SPAIN

Returning City

Roquetas de Mar, SPAIN

Number of DAYS

1

Meeting point

Hotel or place agreed with clients

PRICE in Euros

33,00 

Following the footsteps of the Indalo, the symbol of Almeria

Follow the Route of the Indalo departing from Roquetas de Mar. A wonderful coach trip through the Natural Park of the Sierra de Maria and Los Velez, to discover the mysteries of the symbol of the province of Almeria. Accompanied by English speaking guides you’ll discover beautiful white villages (Velez Blanco and Velez Rubio), imposing monuments, arts and traditions of the province of Almeria.

Departure at the indicated time from Roquetas de Mar with destination the Natural Park of Sierra de Maria – Los Velez. We follow the Route of the Indalo in order to discover the symbolism, the traditions and the popular beliefs that merge from this symbol. On our way we visit villages such as MariaVelez Blanco and Velez Rubio. In the afternoon we return to the hotels. Arrival at Roquetas de Mar and the end of our service.

Departure days:

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The excursion The Route of the Indalo includes:

– Transportation by modern coach with air conditioning and reclining seats
– Accompanying guide service
– Walk through Velez Rubio
– Visit the Regional Museum of Velez District
– Visit of the Castle of Velez Blanco
– Travelers insurance

Price details

PRICE PER PERSON IN EUROS (SEASON 2020 – 2021)
 ADULT from 29 €
CHILD (3 – 11 years) from 20 €

Information about the Sierra Maria - Los Vélez region:

The Natural Park Sierra Maria – Los Velez is situated in the utmost north of the province of Almeria. The Sierra Maria possesses a spectacular beauty despite of the dryness which is typical for the landscape of Almeria, especially in winter, when the mountain tops are covered with snow. An extensive and well-preserved forest, unique species of plants and more than 100 different kinds of birds form the natural heritage of the Comarca de los Velez.

The region Sierra Maria – Los Velez owns a rich artistic and monumental heritage. The majestic and monumental village of Velez Blanco, situated in the province of Almeria, lies at more than thousand meter above sea-level in the shadows of the mountain Maimon, on the slopes of the mountain that has been crowned with the impressive castle. The village was occupied by people such as the Iberians, Romans, Visigoths and MuslimsVelez-Blanco, seat of the Marquisate of Los Velez, owns one of the most beautiful and most representative castles of the Spanish Renaissance: The Castle-Alcazar of Los Fajardo (16th century). Also, well-known is the convent-church of San Luis, in platersque style and with a Mudejar tower. The city was built in the Middle Ages, the distribution of the streets has to do with the situation between hills and valleys and with the typical architecture of the houses, square or rectangular, even up to three storeys high. With the impressive mountains on the background the city still has a strategic position in the province, which was already used by the Nasrids in order to strengthen the borders with the Kingdom of Granada. Finally, the city was peacefully handed over to the Catholic Kings in 1488: witness of this moment can be found in the choir of the Cathedral of Toledo.

The Muslim heritage is deeply rooted in Velez Blanco. Almost the whole urban structure has been preserved, with an emphasize on the district La Moreria and the fountains with water from the mountain MaimonCaños de la NoviaCinco CañosCaños de Caravaca and Caños del Meson. The city is perfectly described by the word ‘monumental’, due to the rich heritage that has been preserved inside its walls. The mansions, built with stones and bricks, and with a baroque influence, are situated in the main streets of the city, especially the House of the Bañones or the House of the Arcos, built in the 18th and 19th century.

But if there is a compulsory visit, then it is the Castle Palace of the Marquess of Los Velez. At the beginning of the 16th century the first Marquess of the city, Don Pedro Fajardo, ordered its construction to Italian architects. In 1931 it was declared Artistic Historic Heritage. Of the fortress only the exterior was kept, as the decoration on the interior was sold, nowadays it can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of New York. It has been divided in two sections: the rectangular structure of the old alcazaba in stone and the main building in brickwork, at present in restauration.

In the Natural Park Sierra Maria – Los Velez we also find archeologic sites of great significance, such as the Cave of Los Letreros, with rock paintings from the Neolithic, the Cave of Ambrosio, an important site related to the Superior Palaeolithic.

Please note that

* Pepe Tours reserves the right to change the itinerary and the order of the excursions for organizational reasons.

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