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Standing next to the Guadalcacín II reservoir, the old Majaceite River and very close to the Hurones Reservoir, Algar is a typical local village with whitewashed houses and forms part of the Route of the White Villages. (See Route of the White Villages)
It is situated in a peaceful corner of the Sierra de Cádiz, with the grandeur of its peoples, its historic wealth and deep-rooted customs. On the Route of the White Villages, Algar is situated between the two most important Natural Parks in the province of Cádiz: the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and Los Alcornocales Natural Park.
Algar means “cave” in Arabic and was probably named after the many craves to be found in the surrounding countryside. The town was founded in 1773 by Domingo López de Carvajal. (see speleology in Algar)
The most important monuments are the bullring, the Town Hall, the Alcala Gate, and The parish church of Santa María de Guadalupe, built in 1762-1763, whose main altarpiece was of Baroque style. It was later replaced by another of neoclassical style, with a neogothical polychromed image of the patron saint of the town.
Source: Ayto Algar.
- Hotel Villa Algar: Located in the village of Algar, White Village of Cadiz. This hotel has 20 rooms, all with air-conditioning, TV and telephone. Its location is an ideal base fro hunting and shooting enthusiasts.
- Complejo Tajo del Aguila: In the heat of Mountain range of Cadiz, rural houses and bungalows of wood, swimming pool and all type of sport, aquatic activities and of leisure to enjoy all the year in the heat of the nature.
The local cuisine is varied, from small game such as partridge and rabbit to large game such as venison, wild boar, fallow deer, etc. as well as vegetarian dishes including asparagus, golden thistle, olives and garden vegetables. Among the typical dishes of this area are gazpacho (tomato soup), “gachas”, asparagus omelet, stewed golden thistle, and a long etcetera. A dish that requires special mention is venison meat in diverse modalities, following by “ piñonate”and quince jelly.
Algar has a flourishing industry of handcrafted leather goods. Among articles produced are wallets and change purses, cigarette cases, key chains, briefcases, cigarette lighter covers, sandals, toiletry bags, handbags and belts.