history of Pinoso, Alicante
Pinoso is a traditional Spanish town in the countryside of
the mountainous Alicante and Murcia border. As well as it's astounding natural
beauty, Pinoso is also known for its fine wine production as well as its marble
and rock salt.
Pinoso has a long history, and it dates back to the
Iberians although it didn’t stay Iberian of course. The Romans settled here
afterwards and later the Moors called Pinoso home during the Arabian occupation
of Spain. The church of Pinoso, a popular church built in honour of Saint Peter
the Apostle, was erected in 1743.
The whole region was mostly unpopulated until settlement
started in the 18th century. It took a long time for people to
settle because of the lack of agriculture. Once agriculture was introduced,
however, the population rose from around 20 individuals to over 1000. Even with
agriculture, this took just under a century, but for the time it was a slow but
steady growth. This growth spurt continued right up until 1826, when
independence was gained from Monóvar.
The first main crops to be farmed were, naturally, wheat
and barley but by sometime around the middle of the 19th-century
vineyards began to appear and Pinoso became mostly associated with the production
of wines, So adept the town became at winemaking that by the time the year 2000
rolled around, Pinoso was the single largest producer of wine in the whole of
Aside from the vineyards, Pinoso is also very well known
for other features and landmarks that should be on any visitors ‘hit list’:
The church of Pinoso. This parish church
was founded, in honour of St. Peter the Apostle, in 1739 on the old site of a
prior chapel. The building was upgraded gradually and its current appearance
was found in 1888. the left-wing of the church is home to the privileged altar
and the chapel of the Virgin of Medicine, the Patron of the town.
Clock Tower. The Clock Tower was built in 1887, when D. Francisco Rico Lucas was Mayor and he requested a tower project
from two of the best architects in Alicante -
D. Enrique Sanchez Sedeño and D.
José Guardiola Stang. The clock was bought in Madrid in 1899 and it consisted
of a bell support, rope weights, three bells and machinery. The clock itself
still works, and is still manual.
Ermita de Santa Catalina. This church was
constructed in 1989, carved right into the side of a small rocky hill. From
1926 until 1974 the church was home to a drinking water reservoir.
The town of Pinoso is a naturally beautiful place that is deserving
of more than just a casual visit. It is a place that offers visitors
tranquillity and it surrounded nature reserves, olive groves and vineyards that
are all photograph worthy. Aside from the more traditional landmarks and
features, the town is also home to more modern amenities such as restaurants,
shops, bars… everything a small but prosperous and modern town could be
expected to have.
When visiting the province of Alicante, Pinoso has to be a
must-visit too when you have the chance.