It is located at the foot of the Alcarama mountain range and is irrigated by the Alhama river. Because of its strategic location, Cervera del Río Alhama, was very disputed between Moors and Christians. It seems to have been inhabited as early as the third century BC by the Pelendones, according to the remains of the castle that watches from the top of the town. In its expansion, it was the Roman imperial troops that occupied the area. From the Romans we still have some bridges such as Valdelalosa and Navas and a necropolis, as well as the legend bordering their coat of arms, Cerveria prope Cluniam, which seems to refer to Contrebia Leucade, located in Inestrillas.
At the beginning of the 7th century it was invaded by Muslims, who occupied it for quite some time. Their beautiful church of San Gil, they say, was built on the site of an old mosque and they were also the ones who had to build the fundamental part of the castle of the Peña de San Antonio. At the beginning of the 12th century it was reconquered and from the year 1196 Cervera belonged to the kingdom of Castile, after the agreement of the Mojón of the Three Kings, that of Navarre, that of Aragon and that of Castile, allowing Jews, Muslims and Christians to stay and live together.
In Cervera del Río Alhama we must visit the church of Santa Ana, from the 16th century, with a main altarpiece which, together with the organ, are authentic works of art. The hermitage of La Soledad, the hermitage of San Antonio, the basilica of Nuestra Señora del Monte, with its legend of the captive blackberry, and in which today you can admire some frescoes from the Middle Ages that had remained hidden in its walls and therefore are in an unbeatable state of conservation.
Its numerous bridges, the Bridge-Aqueduct over the Valdelalosa ravine, which is Roman-Medieval, the Bridge-Aqueduct of Las Navas, from more or less the same period, the bridge of the Mill XVII century, the bridge of Zamora. The fridge of the XVI century, that is in the district of San Miguel and that as its name indicates served to collect snow. Its Castle, its medicinal, calcium-iodide water, together with the Icnitas, Las Navillas and Valdebrajes archaeological sites, deserve our attention. Cervera is also the starting point for the walk that will take us to Aguilar del Río Alhama, which is known as the Alhama Green Route.
Their patron saints, Santa Ana is July 26 and San Gil, September 1, are celebrated for six days on both dates.
On the day of the Flag in May, in commemoration of the beautiful legend of Zahra and Fortún, a maiden from the village climbs the roof of the church, after mass, and places a white flag with a cross embroidered in blue. There is also a theatrical representation based on the novel by the cerverano writer Manuel Ibo Alfaro, La Bandera de La Virgen del Monte or la Mora encantada.
On the last day of Easter, Clunia Day is celebrated and the Cerveranos have a picnic at the Archaeological Site of Contrebia Leucade.
The legend of Zahra and Fortún tells the love story between the Christian prince, Fortún, made prisoner by the Mr. of the Muslim castle, and his beautiful daughter, Zahra, which ends tragically after her conversion to Christianity. Before their escape and imprisonment, they buried a chest with jewels and a white pennant with a blue pennant, promising to build a hermitage there for the Virgin if she protected their love and they could return one day. After a few years a shepherd found it and proceeded to build the hermitage as the document of the casket said.
To get to Cervera del Río Alhama by private transport, we can do so from Alfaro, passing through the nearby towns of Corella and Fitero, following from the latter the LR-285 that joins shortly before Cervera with the LR-123 that comes from Arnedo and that will take us to Cervera del Río Alhama. Also by this same road but from Valverde, on the N-113, passing through Cabretón we can get to Cervera. The LR-284 starts at Cervera del Río Alhama and connects it with the next towns of Inestrillas and Aguilar del Río Alhama.
Cervera del Río Alhama is connected to Calahorra, Alfaro and Tudela every day with different timetables by means of interurban service lines.
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