Cártama composed of the old town and Estación de Cártama. Near and adjacent to the City of Malaga. Cártama town full of traditions and culture with a route to the hermitage and the Castle can feel the legacy of many legends. Estación de Cártama that represents the most modern part with bars, restaurants and leisure.
Where is Cártama located
Cártama is located 19km from Malaga capital with a population of 26.259 inhabitants. The municipal term has a dimension of almost 105,10km square.
The origin of the name Cártama
The Phoenicians called this region “Cartha” which means hidden or hidden place.
Denonym of people of Cártama
The inhabitants are called “Cartameño or Cartameña”.
Curiosities of Cartama
The film “Yo quiero ser torero” was filmed in the town, starring the duo Sacapuntas.
Where to park in Cártama
We did not find any difficulty in parking. Also at the entrance to the town there is a planada where you can park easily.
Monuments and places of interest in Cártama
Cártama divided into two zones: Cártama Pueblo and the Estación de Cártama, one houses the traditions and origin of the area, and the second covers the modern area with bars and trendy restaurants. Next we leave you the most outstanding monuments:
- Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios: The hermitage is located at the foot of the castle, it was built after the legendary apparitions of the Virgin and with the growth of the dedication of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios after the epidemic of 1579. There are two access roads, the first is the traditional path more difficult than starting in the town, and the second most modern that has an easier access eliminating barriers to people with some difficulty. the hermitage is composed of a single nave, the entrance built of reddish brick with the inscription with the name of the Virgin. The climb serves as a viewpoint over neighboring towns such as Álora, Pizarra, Almogía and Alozaina.
- Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios
- Museum of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios: Located in the church of San Pedro Apóstol. The museum was inaugurated in 2007, on April 23, which coincides with the festivity of the patron saint. The collection houses jewels, banners, crowns, photographs from the 18th century of all the events related to the patron saint of the town. The room has an exhibition of all the belongings and objects related to the patron saint. About forty cloaks embellish the room, these cloaks of different colors and materials are donated by devotees from all over, including countries in America. The museum also keeps the old machinery of the old clock in the bell tower dating from the 19th century.
- Chapel of Sierra Gabrilgalia
- Castle of Cártama
- Church of San Pedro: After the Reconquest by the Catholic Monarchs, a church was built in 1502 in the main square on top of the old mosque. At the moment it is consecrated in dedication to San Pedro de Apóstol but in the past it went to Santa María de la Encarnación. In the year 1505 the work was completed, the temple formed by 3 naves being the construction in a neo-Mudejar style with Renaissance, Gothic and Mudejar elements. Inside, in its main chapel, the main image of the Virgen de los Remedios, patron saint of Cártama, is located. During the restorations in 2005, paintings were discovered that adorn the tower since the beginning of the 19th century.
- Iron Bridge over the Guadalhorce River
- Roman Bridge and Aqueduct
- Fountain Source Pilar Alto
Gastronomy of Cartama
- Salchichón de Cártama: Prolongo sausages have been made in Cártama for more than 200 years. Initially a recipe from an Italian family that settled in Spain, but the Italian recipe failed due to high humidity. The Genoese family arrived in Cártama in order to produce a cured and hard sausage. But the humidity of the Guadalhorce Valley spoiled their traditional recipe, since the sausage did not dry out. But the soft recipe was liked and the original recipe continued to be made, being a great reference.
- Torta Cartameña: Manufactured since 1948. Original from the San Miguel Confectionery located at Juan Carlos I street number 56. They are traditional sweet cakes with almonds, hazelnuts, flour, eggs and lard.