Villar de Olmos y La Cañada

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Villar de Olmos has important archaeological sites attesting human presence in the area thousands of years ago

HISTORY

The town of Villar de Olmos is north of the city of Requena. It is divided into two towns, the first being Villar de Olmos proper, and the second La Cañada, which is at the top of a hill.

The district's jurisdiction encompasses a vast swath of land. Within this large, hilly and rough terrain there are many houses that combine into three main groupings or hamlets called Las Nogueras, La Cañada and Villar. The historian Herrero y Moral used the following words in the 19th century to describe Villar de Olmos and the surrounding area: "... toward the rising sun it borders on Siete Aguas, and toward the setting sun on Villar de Tejas, toward the noon sun on Rebollar and to the north on the town of Chera".

NATURAL/CULTURAL SETTING

The surrounding area is criss-crossed by trails that can be used to get to know the local flora, which includes maritime pine, stone pine, white pine, holm oak, strawberry tree and juniper. It is also particularly valued by lovers of mycology due to the large number of mushrooms that can be found there, if you know where to look.

Villar de Olmos has important archaeological sites that provide evidence for a human presence in the area dating back thousands of years. The oldest remains were found in Cueva Sarnosa (Sarnosa Cave). They probably belonged to a family clan and, along with arrows and spear tips, point to a human presence in the area as far back as 9,500 B.C. Remains from Iberian, Roman and Arabic times round out the significance of the sites around Villar de Olmos.

CELEBRATIONS

The celebrations in Villar de Olmos in honour of San Isidro Labrador are held on the weekend closest to 15 May. In the Middle Ages, however, Villar de Olmos had a shrine dedicated to St. Joseph. It was not until the mid-19th century when Don Francisco Zamora gave to his neighbours a chapel honouring San Isidro Labrador, which was expanded in 1883.

 

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