Welcome to our 4th stop: Macael marble route!
Macael is a municipality in the province of Almeria in Southeastern Spain, where one can find lovely whitewashed villages, almond blossoms, orange and fruit trees. The name of the municipality is of Arabic origin coming from the word “Al-Mulaki” meaning the Royal Stone, which is how the Arabs called the white marble of Macael.
For "macaeleros", marble is its trademark and history. Its use has been widespread throughout history in masterpieces and elegant buildings such as: the Anthropoid sarcophagi of Cadiz Phoenician; the Roman Theatre of Mérida; the mosaics of Italica and the Cathedral in Seville; the Palace of Medina Azahara and the Mosque in Cordoba to state just some.
The marble route is a full 2 days tour to the “white gold” or majestic stone of marble city of Macael and surroundings.
Macael is closely linked with the extraction of white marble, used by Moors for the Gardens of Generalife, the Lions patio of Alhambra and the Alcazaba of Almeria. In the city and the nearby surroundings one can see the world’s largest Mortar, the modern Marble Interpretation Centre, a replica of the fountain of the lions in Alhabra, old and modern marble quarries and marble workshops.
In Valle de Almanzora the visitor can testify the passage of different cultures over the centuries such as prehistoric remains, castles, traditions and celebrations that speak of history, culture and customs of different peoples. Except of the mineral wealth of the region, one can enjoy its imprint on the lifestyle of the old mining towns and the beautiful scenery from its many viewpoints as well as taste a rich gastronomy.Below we provide a virtual tour of the main highlights of the route along with information and photos for all the points of interest. For more detailed information please visit the itineraries of this region.