The history of Algodonales dates back to neolithic times with remains in the caves of Castillego, Santa and Chamusquina. The Romans left clear signs of civilisation as well. Not only is the old city wall still intact, but archeologists have even discovered the cisterns that the Romans used to gather rain water. Being that the Arabs were the last ones on the scene, their influence is most noticeable and, in fact, the village is considered to be of Arabic origins.
Algodonales is a village that attracts nature lovers as it is perched in the foothills of the Sierra de Líjar mountain range, and right on edge of the Grazalema Natural Park. The river Guadalete crosses the town and the surrounding scenery makes it a uniquely beautiful place to visit – or live! To meet the needs of those wishing to enjoy the surrounding area, Algodonales offers accommodation in the form of hotels, bed and breakfasts and rural getaways. Local companies also offer support to those wishing to practice a wide array of sports, and of course there are endless opportunities for trekkers.
Perfect conditions for Paragliders and hang-gliders bring enthusiasts from across the region and beyond, whether to learn to practice the sport at the region’s largest hang gliding school, or simply to put skill to the test and enjoy the fabulous natural surroundings – from the top down! In 2001 the World Hang Gliding Championships were held in the Sierra de Líjar.
Birdwatchers also find a feast for their eyes on a visit to the Algodonales in Sierra de Líjar. Around the town there are interesting varieties of vultures which provide quite a spectacle for those who keep their eyes open and binoculars ready.
Apart from its prehistoric sites at Cueva Santa, Chamusquina, Castillejo and El Cerro de la Botinera, the town also boats numerous important monuments such as the Santa Ana Parish Church, a late Baroque style building with neo-Classical elements. Also noteworthy are the hermitages of Jesús Nazareno and La Virgencita and, on the edge of the town, the La Concepción Hermitage (18th Century) and the Flour Mills.
There is also for Spanish guitar production, in fact you can visit the Valeriano Bernal factory to see how this most quintessentially Spanish product is “Made in Spain”.
Visit the village of La Muela de Algodonales to watch the Griffon vultures in flight, from the peaks of the Sierra de Líjar.