Village belonging to “Tierra Llana”, situated near the capital and on the banks of the Río Tinto. It is linked to the Discovery, as Columbus took his oath in St Clare’s Convent. It is a village which is charged with history, proved by the numerous monuments it has such as St Francis’ Convent, the Parish church of Ntra. Sra. de la Granada and the Chapel of the Virgin of Montemayor
Its name comes from the Arabic term mugar, which means “caves”.
The origins of the town date back to prehistoric times. Phoenicians and Romans have passed through here.
In Al-Andalus times it was called Mugar which means “cave”, alluding to its numerous caves.
The town’s participation in the Discovery of America was very important. The caravel “La Niña” was from this town. After the Discovery, Moguer was left practically deserted due to emigration to the New World, the displacement of commerce to the Seville-Cadiz axis during the XVI and XVII centuries and also due to the lack of security caused by the constant attacks from the pirates who devastated this coast.
It was the birthplace of the poet Juan Ramon Jimenez (Nobel prize winner). The house where he was born has been converted into a museum.
At the beginning of the 70s, its economy took off with the cultivation of strawberries
Places of Interest
St Clare’s Convent (Convento de Santa Clara). Gothic-Mudejar style, and declared a National Monument in 1931. The cloisters from the XIV century house the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art.
St Francis’ Convent (Convento de San Francisco). The original building was from the XV century. It was rebuilt after the Lisbon earthquake.
Town Hall. On neoclassical style and which was built by Tomaso Botani.
Church (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Granada), XVIII century. It was built in the ruins of another church destroyed by the Lisbon earthquake.
Montemayor Chapel (Ermita de Montemayor).
Places related to Christopher Columbus.
Its origin was a Roman settlement transformed into a hamlet by the Moslems. The village grew up around it. Only two towers and a few pieces of wall remain from the original construction.
Voto Colombino, March 30th. America Discovery commemoration
Fiestas de la Hermandad de la Veracruz, May. Cruces de mayo, typical dishes and “tapas” and music
Corpus Christi, May
Romería de nuestra señora de Montemayor, May
Fiestas de Montemayor, September 6 to 10th. Festivals in honour of Virgen de Montemayor, Moguer patroness