In the Valle de Ricote, between mountains and fruit groves, lies the town of Abarán.
Although archaeological remains from the Bronze Age exist, the most important information about this town dates back to the reconquest, under the Order of Saint James, when, after suffering a significant drop in population, Moorish families from Hellín repopulated this area.
Abarán's beauty is complete once one has seen the water wheels, many of them still in working order. The route along which they are visited enables us to appreciate the irrigation system which our ancestors put to such good use. The traditions and beauty of the Valle de Ricote are among the other principal attractions of this town.
Among the most outstanding of its buildings are: the Church of San Pablo, from the 16th century; the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora del Oro, which is to be found in the hills which bear that very name; and the Hermitage of the Santos Médicos -Holy Doctors-, the patron saints of the town. The walk up to the Hermitage is a must for any traveller who wishes to enjoy a beautiful view of the valley and the Sierra del Oro, a natural beauty spot which Abarán shares with other towns in the surrounding area.