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Spain Inland Locations-Guide

Information about Casares

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(3.387 inhabitants). Màlaga province

History

Village of Iberian origin, colonized later by the Phoenicians, the Romans made of it an important citadel. In year 61 a. C., Julio Cèsar, from whom the name comes, healed a liver disease in the baths of the Hedionda, sulphurous waters. From then, the healing properties of these waters were famous in Rome. In 1361, Pedro El Cruel and Mohamed V of Granada met there to start the campaign to give back the last throne of Granada. This action is known as the Pacto de Casares. During the Napoleonic invasion it was the only village in the Ronda mountainous area that opposed the attacks of the French army.

Gastronomy

The cookery in Casares is strong and spirited, nourished of healthy elements from the country and those from the pork slaughter. Between its most traditional dishes are the  guiso de patatas con cabrito (dish with potatoes and goat) and the cocido, made of potatoes, cabbages, asparagus, tagarninas, etc. The lomo en manteca, el chorizo, la morcilla,  of the pork as well as the goat, they are artisans products in all the tables, as well as, desserts, the tortas fritas watered with honey.

Craftsmanship

Works with esparto, the pleita and the embroidery and glass are artisans jobs still alive, in spite of the modern life advances.

Festivities

In May is celebrated a pilgrimage to the eremite of the patron saint, the Virgen del Rosario, which festivity takes place the 1st Saturday of September. On the 1st week of august the feria is celebrated.

Visit

The city which was declared Conjnto Històrico Artìstico in 1978, the view from far looks like a cubist scenery with its white houses at the bottom of the mountain. The large plaza de España is the centre and heart of the village. In it we find the iglesia de San Sebastiàn, baroque temple from XVIII century with a powerful tower. The calle Carrera, in which number 51 is located the casa natal de Blas Infante. On the top, it is the ensemble of the remains of the Arab castle from XVIII century and the iglesia de la Encarnaciòn, built in XVI century thanks to the bull given by the pope Julio II in 1505.

Surroundings

In the sierras Bermeja, Crestellina and Utrera, declared Parajes Naturales, count the municipality with beautiful places of ecologic wealthness with plenty of game.