Vélez Rubio, a town retaining its heritage, culture and traditions.
Located in the northern region of the province of Almería, on the borders of Murcia and Granada you’ll find Los Vélez.
The villages Vélez Rubio, Vélez Blanco, Chirivel and María as well as the natural park of Sierra María - Los Vélez make up the region of Los Vélez.
This hidden jewel is easily accessible by the visitor in search of unspoiled landscapes, culture, tradition, nature and a taste of the real Spain.
The market town of Vélez Rubio is the largest of the four towns that make up the region of Los Vélez.
Nestled at the foot of the Mahimón mountain dominated by the Encarnación Church, a National Historical Monument built in the 18th century on top of the remains of what was the San Pedro church. It is one of the best examples of baroque architecture in Almeria. It has an imposing carved facade and a superbly detailed, 20-metre-high carved wood retable.
The weekly street markets are an ideal place to buy local produce. The market in Vélez Rubio has been held every Saturday since 1804.
The Easter processions are truly impressive for a town of its size. They have indeed been declared a festival of National Tourist Interest of Andalucia.
There are many festivals celebrated throughout the year. From Carnival in February, Easter in Spring and the International Folklore Festival in July to the Summer Festivals in August and onto the meeting of the 'Cuadrillas' (local folk groups) in the autumn and the Christmas celebrations at the end of the year including the National Dioramas competition, when Crib Associations from all over Spain exhibit their best works.
A visit to the local museum is a must for anyone wishing to learn more about the history of the region of Los Vélez.
The Museo Comarcal Velezano "Miguel Guirao" has a collection of pieces found in the Los Vélez area and comprises a sequence of materials from the most primitive phase of Prehistory to contemporary historic objects of the popular ethnographic culture.
Wonder through the streets and admire the local architecture. Noble houses that were built between the mid 19th century and the early part of the 20th Century had a style of their own, called Classic Velezano. Large white symmetrical facades with balconies and large protruding windows.
Sit in one of the bars or cafes and watch the world go by as you sip on an ice cold beer. Sample the local cuisine and enjoy a few tapas and drinks.