Historic Festival in Prado del Rey–Part I
My daughter and her flamenco teacher performed at Prado del Rey’s 250th year celebration. Prado del Rey is one of the pueblos blancos (white towns) in Andalusia.
These towns are incredibly charming. The whole populace of Prado del Rey turned out to commemorate its early days by dressing up in period costume. Around the plaza they erected little booths or casetas where they cooked on campfires.
Soon after we arrived, a large group of locals performed a play. As best I could tell it involved a problem about a young man and woman who wanted to marry. There were two priests and some gentlemen dressed in possibly 18th century clothing, as well as lots of peasants on the stage.
The weather was sunny, but chilly, with drifting clouds casting colder shadows. Luckily I’d brought my hoodie, so I stayed fairly warm. The flamenco performance was scheduled to start at 7 pm, and, to our surprise, it was almost on time.
More about Prado del Rey:
The roots of Prado del Rey can be traced to the Roman city of Iptuci, now a fascinating archaeological site, declared a Site of Cultural Interest. It confirms the presence of human settlements in this area from Neolithic times until the 15th
Century. It enjoyed its period of greatest splendour during Roman times, especially during the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D., although the Phoenicians had already exploited the salt flats in the surrounding area, near Cabeza de Hortales. Its most noteworthy monuments are the Nuestra Señora del Carmen Parish Church and the old Farm Cooperative building, whose structure is still intact. Traditional local dishes include chickpea and pepper ratatouille and delicious French toast with honey, not forgetting, of course, the famous “Mosto de Pajarete” white wine.