There is a local piggy who appreciates a tummy rub in the village. She can be found (although she could soon disappear....) around the main square. Alternatively you might like to pat another part of the pig statue which is near the main church. Of course those that pat this stone pig in a particular place are keen to change nappies in the near future ;-D.
In front of the Church of the Assumption, there is a statue of "El Cerdo de San Anton" (St. Anthony's Pig). A local tradition is that the pig would be let loose and all of the townspeople would feed and care for it--fattening it up.
This local woman and I began talking as I passed through the streets. I stopped and shared a little with her. She really was amazing. She told me she was wearing the mourning outfit, because a year ago she had lost a relative. Before I left she grabbed my hand and kissed it and I had to get a picture of her.
This statue represents the town pig. Every year the locals select a piglet to be the town's pig. It runs loose in the streets and everyone feeds it when they see it. At the end of the year when it is nice and plump, they slaughter it and share the ham and sausages that it produces.
There are 2 real skulls built into this wall, where locals come to light the solitary candle in remembrance of the dead. On the anniversary of the death of a loved one, they walk a specific route around the town that both starts and ends here.
The town plaza in La Alberca is small, but is full of charm. Often you will find women selling turron, which is a food similar to brittle, that consists of honey and egg whites over almonds, which is a specialty here. It is a very common Christmas food. Don't miss out on seeing the town jail, courthouse, and town hall, which are all housed in one building! Their are a few tourist shops scattered aroud the plaza as well. This is the hangout of the locals, who come to dine and people watch.
I happened along this woman while wondering the town of Miranda del Castanar. She was sitting in her doorframe making lace.
This was tucked away in a little alley, but it is very clearly a sign of the former Spanish Inquisition.
This small building houses so many things. The top floor is a very modest courtroom. The middle floor is the town hall and the bottom level is the dark and dank town jail.
You do not need a map or guidebook to explore this town. Just don't blink or you will miss amazing bits of history that are tucked away in the most obvious, but unexpected places.
Their are several archways that span little walkways and alleys, which are just another endearing feature of the town.
The homes are modestly built and they consist of a wooden frame and the walls are made from a mixture containing mud.
You will be pleasantly surprised if you find the doors open to the town Cathedral. The inside is rather ornate, for such an unassuming little village.
Just strolling by you can't help but see the town's only carniceria (butcher shop). Hanging are all kinds of different types of cured hams and sausages.