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  URBAN ITINERARY OF ORCE
 

 

(Pink dotted line on the map)

This route begins at Plaza Nueva, home to, among other important buildings, the town hall and the Palace of the Belmonte-Segura, from the end of the 18th Century. This square is the heart of Orce, and surrounded by the buildings of the central areas. Around them, further up, the cave-house area can be found, where the houses are dug out of the rock - for centuries the most popular method of housing in the area, and a unique contribution to the originality of the urban landscape.

The first part of the route takes us to the San Antón hermitage, passing under the Castilian Arco de la Mimbrera, and along the back alley which borders the stream of the same name. Here, behind the walls of its allotments grow beautiful hundred year old Holm oaks, typical of the area. In the boulevard of the hermitage the festivities in honour of the patron saint are celebrated every 16th January. They feature very peculiar traditional dances accompanied by the “Cascaborras”, an emblematic character from folklore. During these celebrations a suckling pig, which has been cared for all year by the locals and can often be seen wandering freely through the streets, is sacrificed.

The route continues down towards the Rambla de Rozalay, on the edge of the Cerro de San Marcos (St.Mark’s Peak), with its crown of cave-houses, and later heads for the San Pedro neighbourhood, which also has many cave dwellings. After going uphill for a long while you come to the top of the area, the mirador, or viewpoint, of Rapamonteras, from which a beautiful view of the village and its surrounding area can be seen in the distance.

The route continues, going down again to the bottom of the town, until it reaches the tree-lined Paseo de los Caños, the starting-point for a tour of magnificent buildings of the old centre. The magnificence of many of its buildings is testimony to the importance and splendour of Orce in the 18th Century, the area’s true ‘Golden Century’. Along its length you can see la Iglesia de Santa María (Saint Mary’s Church), el Palacio de los Segura (home of the Municipal Museum of Paleontology), and the magnificent Castillo de las Siete Torres (Castle of the Seven Towers) a relic from Muslim times.

The route finishes by crossing the secluded area of la Morería (the old Moorish quarter), which with its web of narrow back alleys even today weaves an air of Moorish romance.



 
Financiado por la Consejería de Turismo y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía, y la Cofinanciación de la Unión Europea.

 
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