The beginning of a history of 6000 years
In the valley, 2 miles away from Salobreña we get to Lobres.
First remains from the Salobreña history have been found near Lobres district. Several archeological sites from Neolithic, Copper and Bronze Ages confirm a human occupation on the slopes of the hills, probably close to the shores of the sea, around 6000 years ago.
The location of a small pottery production place could be confirm with the presence of many amphorae fragments found in the center of the urban area. Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and Christians have witness the good quality of this land for agricultural productions, next to the river.
The First Humans
In the 3rd millennium BC prehistoric communities settled permanently in the town of Salobreña. We know little about the economy of these villages but we assume it would be based primarily on farming and, to a lesser extent, on the exploitation of marine resources. It’s also possible they exploited the copper veins present in the nearby mountains.
Sites from this era have been found in various parts of Salobreña; in the vicinity of the current Paseo de las Flores, in Piedra Blanca (now called Monte de los Almendros) and in the north behind the present industrial area of Salobreña, a cemetery was located on the Monte Hacho Hill.
With the spread of the Argaric culture (early adopters of bronze from the province of Almería ) between 1800 BC and 1300 BC, the occupation of the land around Salobreña intensified. The population had an economy based on agriculture and livestock, and displayed a complex organisation; controlling the territory and natural communication channels. As one of the major sources of water in the area, the Guadalfeo River played an important role in this occupation. 1300 BC saw the decline of Argaric culture, and a new stage developed – the late Bronze Age – one of the least known periods of prehistory. We do know that there were changes in social relations, production strategies, pottery work and funeral rituals. It’s also evident that this society placed a greater weight of importance on rearing livestock than it did its predecessors.
Evidence of these communities have been found close to the Hacho Hill opposite the village to the north, at El Peñón to the south, and at other different locations in Salobreña.
Walk along the streets and countryside paths. This peaceful and tranquil village offer us the hospitality freely.
Do not miss the Candelaria Festivities with day processions (February), or St Antonio Feasts (June), where locals and foreigners come together for a great amusement day.