San Antonio

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The origins of San Antonio is very old and already registered as a stable entity of population in the mid- fifteenth century , as evidenced by the construction of the chapel in 1444 under the patronage of San Antonio

HISTORY

According to the geographer Juan Piqueras Haba (Geografía de Requena-Utiel), the origins of San Antonio are quite old, as it was already a stable population centre in the mid-15th century, as evidenced by the construction of its shrine to San Antonio in 1444. After being remodelled and expanded several times over its history, that shrine was eventually demolished in 1960 and replaced by a modern church. The current church preserves the old, 25-metre high bell tower dating back to 1912.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITY

Wine-making is particularly important in this hamlet. Most of the production is made by the Cooperativa de Viticultores “El Progreso”, www.cooperativaelprogreso.com). San Antonio also has three important wine producers: Reservas y Crianzas Requenenses, with its Los Baltasares wine cellar, produce crianzas (aged wine) and reserve wines, Dominio de la Vega and Chozas Carrascal both make wines and sparkling wines. There is also an important almazara (oil mill) there for making olive oil.

San Antonio has one of the most important companies in the region, the bottler of mineral water, San Benedetto. Rounding out the economic activity in San Antonio are various services like workshops, furniture manufacturers, supermarkets and other businesses.

NATURAL/CULTURAL SETTING

The most beautiful natural settings are without a doubt the hillsides of the Sierra de Juan Navarro, where you can still find pine forests and holm oaks in some areas. To the south of San Antonio there are several springs in the plain of the Magro river that are worth visiting.

It has the only high-speed rail stop in the area. The network of cultural associations includes the La Armónica de San Antonio Music Society, the Escuela de Educandos, the Tyrius Housewives Association, the El Olmo Socio-Cultural Association, the Sports and Music Club, which houses in its facilities a leisure area, two pools, racquetball courts, a bar, etc.

The refurbishment of the Teatro García Berlanga, which was opened in 2007, has also given a strong boost to cultural life in San Antonio.

CELEBRATIONS

The most important celebrations, in June, are held in honour of San Antonio de Padua. They last five days, with outdoor dances, street musicians, and so on, with the main celebration being on the 13th.

The bonfire on the eve of San Antonio Abad's feast day (17 January) is also important, as a great bonfire is lit by the oldest resident. For the past four years a dinner has also been organised for all the town's residents in partnership with the mayor's office and other groups like the Housewives' association, Amigas de la Música (Music Lovers) and the El Olmo Cultural Association.

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