Localities in the Ricote Valley
The Ricote municipality, nestled in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains that bear its name, due to its strategic location, has been inhabited since ancient times, as confirmed by abundant testimonies from different times.
Its history is marked by the Muslim presence in the Middle Ages and the encomienda of the Order of Santiago from the 13th to 19th centuries. From there, it inherited its dedication to agriculture, which is the current source of its income, with rain-fed fruit crops, particularly the almond tree, the production of grapes for wine, and citrus cultivation focusing on lemon trees.
It has beautiful monuments declared a Site of Cultural Interest: the medieval Alharbona Castle, a Muslim fortress from the ninth century, and the Church of Saint Sebastian and the “Palacete de los Álvarez-Castellanos”, both from the 18th century.