Peal de Becerro

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Peal de Becerro

The place known today as Peal de Becerro was once occupied by flourishing Iberian settlements: The Toya burial chamber is one of the most fascinating legacies from that period.

There are two medieval fort towers in the town that are worth a visit. They belonged to a medieval fortification assigned to Quesada that was sacked and set on fire in 1361, in a raid on Moorish troops from the Kingdom of Granada. The towers are the 12 m tall Torre del Reloj, built in the late fourth century, and the slightly smaller Torre Mocha. The two towers combined with an auditorium for cultural and open air activities make up a unique urban space in Cronista Cazabán square.

Five kilometres outside of Peal de Becerro, close to the striking Iberian burial chamber of Toya, stands an imposing tower that was once part of the historic castle of Toya. It is well worth a visit to learn more about the important role this place played in the ancient Iberian civilization.

In Hornos de Peal, one of the outlying villages of Peal de Becerro, an old aqueduct held to be built by the Romans is still being used, defying the passage of time.

Currently, sisal is used in Peal de Becerro to do the work that was done with esparto grass until recently. Sisal fibre has long been known in Latin American countries under other names, such as henequen in Mexico and cabuya in Ecuador. Today, artistic sisal carpets are made in Peal according to the traditional Úbeda style and, thanks to their superb technical quality, they are to be found in many prestigious establishments, including Spain’s network of Paradores Nacionales (state-owned hotels in historical buildings).

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