—The Serrania: between olive groves and Spanish fir

 
Before, the Phoenicians were the ones that supplied splendour to the villages like Almargen, close to Canete La Real. Similarly to its neighbour Almargen the landscape is divided between cereal fields and olive-trees and sheer terrain decorated with oaks and Spanish firs. This ground has been the mute witness of the passage of different civilisations: from prehistory to the Iberians, Phoenicians or Romans. Prove of it are the statues set up in honour of the Emperor Tito Flavio and the coins stroke for his glory that were discovered in Canete and Acinipo. The history of Canete la Real and Arriate merged in 1407 when they unified their army in order to defeat the Moors in the battle of Arriate. In this place archaeological discoveries were made in caves. Stone axes and similar tools, and further more paintings or fossilised human rests, were discovered in the caves Cuevas de La Pileta or Gato, important caverns in the region. Both are allocated in the municipality Benaojan, place visited by people fond of speleology. This last mentioned cave is part of the complex Hundidero del Gato with an entrance of 60 metres width. It is located about five kilometres from the municipality Montejaque. In this village we still can imagine the housewives carrying the pitchers of water on their heads or hips from the fountain to the house. This tradition was years ago a necessity as it was not until the early sixties that running water was installed in the houses.During carnival time takes place the celebration of the F/esra del Cantaro (Pitcher Festival), in honour to this tradition. Elderly women of Montejaque show their skills in carrying pitchers through the narrow streets of the village.
 
 


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