The Azaraque State: Casas de las Paleras
Two cottages with three double bedrooms and another with two double bedrooms and one single bedroom: lounge-dining room, fully-furnished kitchen with refrigerator, glass-ceramic hob, microwave oven, dishwasher, washing machine (leading makes); two bathrooms, TV, fireplace, terrace, barbecue, Moorish bread oven.
The grounds of the Azaraque estate, in the village of Agramón, extend from the dam of the same name, built in the XIX century on the river Mundo, along the river banks and adjacent lands to the end of the Camarillas reservoir. In former times, it was the leading agricultural and cattle-rearing estate in the area, thanks to the fertility of the soil, the climate and the abundance of water, qualities that had not yet been replaced by mechanical means, trickle irrigation or greenhouses.
At that time, the estate had a large number of buildings typical of a large farm: houses; esparto factories, mill, cattle pens, dovecotes, threshing floors, water basins, granaries, farmhouse.
The Azaraque manor house, built in 1625, with the river at its foot, stands out among them, both for its size and representativeness and because it formed a nucleus with a large part of the farm buildings around it, three of which have been reconditioned. It forms a complex that genuinely represents what rural life was like with all its activities.
The traditional gravity irrigation channels that have existed on the estate from time immemorial are still there and carry water from both the Azaraque Basin and from the river. With all this water it is not surprising that the estate is called, Azaraque, from the Arab “as-sarb” (in Spanish “azarbe”) the channel where all the excess water or seepage from the irrigation channels collects.
The use of irrigation channels also helps in the conservation and protection of the river fauna. The shady river banks and the areas of thickets and reed beds, provide invaluable shelter for wild-life.
Here can be seen and heard, with different frequency, the mallard, grey heron, black tortoise, kestrel, eagle owl, barn owl, ocellated lizard, dormouse, genet (its tracks), golden oriole, nightingale, bee-eater, great spotted woodpecker, hoopoe, cuckoo, jay, scops owl (with its insistent call), nightjar, the stone curlew, common buzzard and game.
This complex offers the visitor not only an exceptional countryside, tranquillity and a glimpse of rustic life but also all the rural environment moulded by the hand of man.