Almeria Province - Taberno

Taberno

Taberno is a small village situated at the foot of the El Madroño mountain range, in the north-east of Almeria province. Its population is about 1,000, of whom three-quarters live in the village itself; the rest in one of six outlying hamlets, the largest being Santopetar.

Most visitors will be passing through the village, as the last (or first) village, at 700m on the A-7104 country road that leads over the mountains to Velez-Rubio. Taberno is a quiet village where time has stood still.

The village has steep, narrow streets with small mansions boasting typical white facades and iron balconies.

The town itself was probably founded in the 17th century, forming part of the territories of Velez Rubio, governed by the Marques de Velez.

It gained independence from Velez Rubio in 1839, although the village had already won independence before, under the terms of the 1812 Constitution. However when King Fernando VII ascended to the throne a few years later, he revoked the constitution, so Taberno had to return to Velez-Rubio's rule until the 1837constitution.

Accommodation

Since Taberno is a small village, it has no hotels; however Pension Taberno, conveniently located at the entrance (when arriving from the coast) of the village, near the municipal museum, offers small apartments, each with kitchen and balcony. There are also a number of rental cottages, villas and rural houses in the surrounding countryside.

Complejo Rural Sol de TabernoComplejo Rural Sol de Taberno

Complejo Rural Sol de Taberno offers an outdoor pool and paddle tennis court. Surrounded by almond and olive trees, each luxury country cottage includes a private terrace and a spa bath. Apartments have either a hot tub or hydromassage shower in the bathroom.

 

Cortijo Rural los EjeasCortijo Rural los Ejeas

Featuring an outdoor pool, gardens and terrace, Cortijo Rural los Ejeas is set in the countryside, 200 metres from Taberno. It has a vegetable and fruit garden, and offers mountain and sea views.

 

 

THINGS TO SEE in the village

Parish Church
This is the village's main attraction, located in the upper part, near the stairs leading to Calle Mario Palma which are decorated with various modern sculptures. The church has archives dating back to 1769. The parish was not created until 1900, when the bishop of Almeria granted its independence from Velez-Rubio. The parish boundary is different from the municipal boundary, creating anomalies for the residents of the outlying hamlets such as Santopetar

Museo del Campo
The local countryside museum, also called the ethnographic museum, and is worth a visit. Opened in 1998, it contains over 2,000 old farming tools, utensils, machinery and objects relating to the history and culture of this farming village. Entrance is free, and opening hours are Monday to Friday 09.00 to 13.00 and 18.00 to 21.00 hrs. Tel: 638 954 037 for walking guided visits of the village and also 4x4 routes in the vicinity.

Jardin Botanico de Taberno
This small botanical garden, located just outside the village on the eastern side, is free to enter and contains a few hundred trees, plants, and shrubs. It specialises in flora from the Almanzora Valley, including flowering cactus, succulent plants, lavender and various other herbs. Most plants are named and some even have signs in braille. The garden has a picnic area shaded by pine trees, with toilets.

Ermita del Calvario
Located at a natural viewing point, in the highest part of the village, this chapel was built between 1846 and 1897, and is important in the Good Friday processions.

THINGS TO SEE outside the village

Mirador las Morras
Las Morras viewing point is located to the north of the village. From here you can see over the entire Almanzora basin as far as the beaches at Garrucha and Águilas, and the town of Huércal Overa. Next to the mirador is a wooded recreation and picnic area.

Glacis Viewpoint
In geomorphology, a "glasis" is the smooth, gently sloping ground between a mountain and a plain. This is a textbook example near Taberno, and the largest in Europe - geologists from all over the world come here to study it.

Things to Do

Off-road route
A mapped 60km circular 4x4route has three options of difficulty level. It can't be driven in the summer from 1 June to 15 October, due to high risk of forest fire. Permission must be obtained from the town hall in advance on 950 123 040/626 745 262, or alternatively ask at the museum. Download the route book here, and gpx waypoints.

Visit a goat farm
Be a goat farmer for the day at the Cooperativa Andaluza "La Pastora de Taberno". A guided tour will pick you up in the village and take you to the farm, where you can see the goats, tour the facilities, and take part in a cheese-making workshop. The cooperative also has a small shop. Ask at the museum or phone 638 954 037/626 745 262.

Walks
As around many rural villages in Andalucia, there are a number of signposted walks, including Taberno El Picacho, PR-A 117.

HANDICRAFTS

Products made from straw are the main handicraft of the town, along with some woollen items, primarily sold in the ferias of neighbouring towns.

GASTRONOMY

The local speciality of Taberno is the torta de chicharrones (pork crackling cake) and migas made with flour. Dessert-wise, the liquor doughnuts are renowned.

FESTIVALS

Baile de las Ánimas
The Dance of the Souls, celebrated in December, is a tradition that dates back to the 12th century. Groups start rehearsing their songs and dances on 13 December, before performing around the village until Christmas. An unusual feature is the 'dances to order', which can be bartered for, with proceeds going to support the festival.

San José and Santa Lucía
The two other important dates for village celebrations are its two patron saints' days, San José and Santa Lucía, which fall in March and December.

HOW TO GET THERE

Taberno is 126 kilometres from Almeria capital. It is only 8km north of Albox, the main town of the Almozaima comarca, on the AL-7101. Almajalejo is also 8km away near Huércal Overa and the N-340.The 30km journey north to Velez-Rubio will take an hour on the mountain road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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