Size: 66,40 Km?

Population: 3,000
Residents known as: Bermejos
Monuments: the Zambra Tower, the parish church, the Pre-historic Pictorial Complex of Pe?as Cabrera.
Geographical situation: 20 kilometres from Malaga on the Pedrizas main road, at 547 metres above sea level.
Tourist information: Town Hall, C/ Llanete de abajo, 2. 29160.
Phone: 952 758 377 Fax: 952 758 009

Casabermeja is situated on the Las Pedrizas road at just under 20 kilometres from Malaga. It is in the heart of beautiful countryside, surrounded by the mountain ranges of El Torcal, Cabras, Co and Los Camorolos. This last range is the source of the Arroyo Coche and the river Guadalmedina. the mountains form a circle, offering a year-round spectacle of colours that range from springtime greens to autumn golds and winter browns.
The origin of the town goes back to pre-historic times, to judge by various archaeological finds made in the area. Among these are remains discovered in the stone burial grounds at Chapera and the Cortijo del Hospital, along with rock paintings found in the Mogea hills and in small caves near the Cortijo Cabrera. The Moorish presence is evident from Mozarab settlement remains in the areas of Chapera Alta, Colmenar, and Jotr?n. Casabermeja was then a fortress on the defensive line of the territory dominated by the Bobastro leadership at the time of the Omar ben Has?n rebellion. The Moors called the place Q?sar Bermeja, meaning the Red Castle, and the name later stuck to the urban area. Nevertheless, local legend has it that the name derives from Queen Isabel?s reaction to seeing the small village for the first time: ?Qu? casa bermeja! (What a red house!)
The ruins of the Torre Zambra and an old wall built over one even older are the only remains left of the Moorish presence in the area. The first written reference to the town appears after the fall of Malaga, in a letter sent by the Catholic King and Queen confirming the granting of Villa status to the town, later confirmed by their daughter Do?a Juana in 1509 and 1529, and again by the Emperor Charles V in 1550. Another important date in the history of the town was May 5th, 1630, when a Royal Decree granted the residents of the town permission to buy out the Villa.

Restaurante Casabermeja. Specialising in typical mountain dishes, stuffed pumpkins, mushrooms in the Malaga style, fried bread crumbs, egg plant with cane honey, soups, omelettes with black pudding, spring onions, Malaga rock salmon and rice with lobster. Autov?a M?laga-Madrid, Km. 15, Salida 148. Tel: 952 758 425 and 952 758 640.
Restaurante La Posada. Specialising in fried bread crumbs, cabbage dishes and rabbit in garlic. C/ Real, 5. Tel: 952 758 229.
Restaurante El Corte. Autov?a Sevilla-M?laga, Km 151. Tel: 952 758 429.
Casa Ca??. Specialising in fried bread crumbs, callos (pigs? trotters and snouts), fried cod, steak and omelettes. C/Real, 27. Tel: 952 758 404.
Venta Pedro. Situated close to the road- Vva. de la Concepci?n, Km. 3. Tel: 952 758 135.
Mes?n La Pedriza. Specialising in game, fried bread crumbs and lamb foot. C/Paseo Puerto de la Horca, 17. Tel: 952 758 051.
Venta La Huerta. Specialising in paella, kid and fried bread crumbs. Ctra. de Colmenar, Km 1. Tel: 952 758 129.
Restaurante Bar Juani. Specialising in home cooking, fish and sea foods, and tapas. C/Fuente de Abajo, 12. Tel: 952 758 656.
Restaurante Bar Alba. Specialising in home cooking, tapas, and steak in the "Alba" style. C/Puerto de la Horca, 1. Tel: 952 758 513.
Mes?n del Lugar. Specialising in barbecued meats and tapas. C/Puerto de la Horca, 45. Tel: 952 758 178.

Hotel Casabermeja. 11 bedrooms. Autov?a M?laga-Madrid, Km. 15, Salida 148. Tel: 952 758 425 and 952 758 640.
Hostal La Posada. C/Real, 5. Tel: 952 758 229.
Pensi?n El Taxi. Paseo del Puerto de la Horca, 11. Tel: 952 758 022.
Hostal El Corte. Autov?a Sevilla-M?laga, Km 151. Tel: 952 758 429


Casabermeja has a very busy festive calendar, the first of the season taking place on January 20th with the festival in honour of the town?s patron saint, San Sebasti?n. The romer?a of San Marcos takes place on April 25th, when the people of the place traditional head out into the countryside and eat baked cakes. The Fiesta de Las Cruces (Crosses) is on May 3rd. June sees the traditional Corpus festival, which lasts four days and in which the streets and houses are decorated in flowers. Worth seeing are the highly ornamental altars made for the Stations of the Cross during the procession of the Sant?simo en la Custodia. In May too is the festival of San Juan, complete with huge bonfires, and one of the most important of all the festivals in this town is the Cante Grande, the oldest of the Flamenco music festivals in the province of Malaga. It takes place on the last Saturday of June. The town?s feria is during the first week of August, and a vital part of this is the cattle fair. The Holy Week celebrations are also very important here, and among the most curious festivals in Casabermeja are the Churripampa dancing festival and the verdiales, a very important musical form of the Malaga Mountain region.

Casabermeja offers a large number of local dishes that are eaten all the year round, these including the traditional Plato de los Montes, rabbit in garlic and kid in pepper. In winter the people like to eat fried bread crumbs and drink the local mosto wines. Gazpacho is the dish of the summer. There are also lots of delicious pastries and breads, including the chickpea bread rolls and the baked cakes on San Marcos Day. Most of the other pastries are made with aniseed, these being the borrachuelos (liqueur-soaked Christmas buns), magdalenas (sponge buns), sponge cake, wine doughnuts and olive oil tarts.

 
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