Laroya, the Beautiful and Mysterious Environment of the Picachico Rural Houses.
Laroya is the charming and mysterious village of 85 inhabitants that welcomes in its entrails the Picachico Rural Houses, it possesses a municipal term of beautiful places. It has a 16th century Mudejar church whose history alone defines the location of the village since, due to the difficulty of transporting materials from the valley along steep roads and cliffs, a tile was made next to the river where bricks could be made. Our cottages and Laroya will cast a spell on you.
The streets of Laroya, together with its landscape, are in themselves monuments of the locality for their beauty and Moorish splendour.
It has an average of 319 sunny days, 319 starry nights a year. Enjoy warm summers with cool nights and winters with some snow.
Laroya was news a few decades ago due to a curious natural phenomenon that has not been reproduced again, but that could not be clarified by the scholars and informers who came to contemplate it, some strange fires that, in the place of Fuente el Saz, arose at random, spontaneously, and that came to burn the harvested harvest, part of the crops and even the clothes and work tools of some of the curious people it attracted. An extraordinary mystery that still remains in that place of unclarified phenomena.
“To discover new places you don’t have to travel, but to know how to look at the usual places with a different look” Casas Rurales in Laroya.
The first information about Laroya, Almería, dates back to the Muslim period, which indicates this place as a prosperous and rich area in the marble region.
According to tradition, its location between the mountains leads us to believe that the name of Laroya comes from an Arab term meaning “cazuela” or “hoya”.
After the Reconquest of the Catholic Monarchs, the privilege of the city was granted to Laroya by the Catholic Monarchs through a royal decree of 1501.
It is located 860 m above sea level, on the north face of the Sierra de los Filabres, Almeria, Andalusia.
Cervantes’ visit to Laroya in 1594
On September 9, 1594 Cervantes is already in Baza, where he will have problems collecting taxes. The truth is that in Baza he received two lots of alcabalas: one of 3,342,320 maravedís, corresponding to Baza and the towns of his jurisdiction (Cúllar, Zújar, Caniles and Benamaurel); and another of 50,812 maravedís of the rest of the towns of his party (Freila, Laroya and Macael); a third lot, referring to Somontín and Fines remained uncollected.
The problem that arises is if Cervantes visited these towns to collect the alcabalas. . .
If you want more information, I suggest you read the interesting article by Juan Grima published in La Voz de Almería www.somontin.info/node/46
- They are typical dishes in Laroya, Almeria:
Las Migas con engañifa, El Puchero de Trigo, El Potaje de Semana Santa, El Puchero de Calabaza, El Arroz con Garbanzos y Pollo Campero, La Fritá de Calabaza, El Gazpacho de Miel, Gazpacho de Pepino y Cebolla, El Ajoblanco, La Ensalada de Conserva, La Fritá de San Ramón.
- As desserts we can highlight:
La Leche Frita, El Arroz con Leche, Los Hornazos, La Torta de Chicharrones, Los Roscos Fritos, Los Buñuelos, Las Almendras con Miel, El Pepino con miel. . . . and many more dishes from the gastronomy of Almería and Andalusian gastronomy.