CALLOSA DE SEGURA
Locality: CALLOSA DE SEGURA
Plaza de España, 1
The bare and reddish Sierra de Callosa surrounds this large town which is located in the farming area around the Segura River. In the days of Abderrahman III, the inhabitants of Qualyusa gained a reputation as they refused to pay taxes to the crown. Much later, during the Hundred Years War, it was renowned as the home of the famous warrior Bertrand du Guesclin. The town gained its independence from Orihuela in 1579. Callosa del Segura has conserved its medieval Islamic structure and has preserved such architectural jewels as the Iglesia Arciprestal de San Martín, which was declared to be a National Monument in 1980 and is one of the most notable examples of Gothic art in the province. An interesting walk can be made through the old town centre from the Iglesia de San Martín to the San Roque hermitage, which provides wonderful views over the Vega Baja of the Segura River.
Arroz con costra (rice with an egg crust), Cocido con pelotas (stew with minced meat wrapped in cabbage leaves). Olla gitana (stew).
Miniatures made from hemp.
Church of St Martin, hermitage of San Roque (St Roch)and castle.
Ethnological Hemp Museum. Local Archeological Museum.
Name of Councillor:
Mª Remedios Canales Zaragoza
Festivals and Events:
Moors and Christians pageants are held from the 11-16 of August in honour of St Roch. There is also a spectacular ´Passion Play´.
It is reached from the motorway via Cox. From Orihuela or from Elche take the road via Dolores. 51 km from Alicante and 92 km from Benidorm.
Tour of the town:
San Roque viewpoint, Pilarica viewpoint and palm grove.
EL BAIX SEGURA/ LA VEGA BAJA
Number inhabitants 2006