Fantastic opportunity for someone with vision to buy a 12 roomed 286m2 village house in need of total renovation and divided into 5 separate dwellings. This could become a marvellous B&B property or family home with fantastic mountain views, situated at the end of the village and yet walking distance to all amenities
Salares, is situated on the very edge of the Tejeda National Park and Game reserve at 579 metres above sea level. This white gem of a village is steeped in history and was inhabited by the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians. Known as Salaria Bastitanorum by the Romans (due to the salt beds that were once situated closeby) the urban design of this tiny village has changed little since Muslim times. Built on a hill and constructed with short, steep streets there is not really a main square as such and you need to be fit to live there, but you can stretch your limbs by using the free outdoor gymnasium equipment before climbing up to the Parish Church of Santa Ana, built in Mudejar style on the site of an ancient mosque. It is quite remarkable, and well worth the climb! the tower minaret from the former mosque was built of red brick sometime between the thirteenth and fourteenth century and was used when the church was constructed in the sixteenth century. This minaret was designated a National Historic and Artistic Monument in 1979 and is considered to be one of the best examples in spain of Almohade art.
The Romans occupation of the village has mainly gone unnoticed, apart from the bridge, as Arab rule left its notable mark in the layout of the village as well as the fortress under which the village was built. It is situated close to the church and one of its towers can still be seen today.
Unlike other villages in the area, no lives were lost in the earthquake of 1884 although many buildings were destroyed and the royal commissioner who was in charge of evaluating the damage granted 30,000 pesetas to help the villagers replace their belongings and rebuild their homes.
The flattest street is Calle Puente which leads to the Roman bridge that straddles the Rio Salares. There is a little supermarket at the top close to the new restaurant and a bar at the bottom on the main road. There is also a health centre, open a couple of days a week, on days when it is closed villagers have to go on up to the next village of Sedella or to the much larger village of Cómpeta.
The main fair in the village takes place during September when the cooler weather commences and the entire village dresses up in traditional Moorish clothing for the two day As-Shark or Al-Sarq festival. Dancers and musicians from North Africa dance and play all through the night and are illuminated by torchlight. Other festivals are held on January 17th ( San Anton) and June 24th ( San Juan) the Feria of Salares is in late July.
The best way to get to Salares is via the Mediterranean Autovia A-7 or N-340, turn off at Algarrobo and drive inland up past the village, past the next village of Sayalonga, up towards Cómpeta, take the right hand turn to Archez and then turn left at the bridge, drive over the bridge and take the next right turn to Salares. The village is about another 5 minute drive from there. This should take 30 mins from leaving the motorway.