The Portuguese meteorological office has only given a handful of maximums on their site so it is fairly possible somewhere in southern Portugal may of beaten Almonte in SW Spain, but as it stands, the man from Almonte - he say YES! lol
Almonte is a commune Spanish in the province of Huelva , Andalusia . In 2010 the municipality had 22,204 inhabitants is the third municipality provincial population (second only to Lepe and Huelva ) and the fourth largest city (also exceeded by Isla Cristina ). Its surface area is 861 km ² and has a density of 22.8 inhabitants / km ². Its geographical coordinates are 37 ° 15 'N, 6 ° 31' W. It is situated at an altitude of 75 meters and 55 kilometers from the provincial capital, Huelva . In the town of Almonte, the largest in the province of Huelva , are the beach Matalascañas , the village of El Rocio and the National Park ofDoñana .
[ edit ]History
They are located the presence of traces of the Bronze Age in the term almonteño, indicating that the presence of a population in the term which now stands at Almonte goes back much further down the timeline. This population, according to research on the situation and their debris, could have an active commercial contact with Greeks and Phoenicians.
There is also evidence that the Romans were in Almonte, since in the Cerro del Trigo is a factory engaged in fishing activities of the Roman times. There were also Arab presence in Almonte, as it happens, the name of the town comes from a root arabesque.
Almonte was recaptured in the early thirteenth century , by adding to the Crown of Castile of the Taifa of Niebla , under regime protectorate . After the revolt of the Moorish, 1264, this territory was incorporated into the Taifa of the royal kingdom of Seville . In 1369 it created the Condado de Niebla , which was not included Almonte. In the fourteenth century Almonte came to grips with the county for municipal purposes. We can find the Dukes of Medina Sidonia as lords of Almonte, ending clashes with Fog (and they were Counts of Fog ). The Dukes of Medina Sidonia sought a territory united with Fog, Sanlucar and the very Almonte.
Wars and crises in the seventeenth century the population dwindled to Almonte in a percentage close to 50% (420 of 1642 to 273 in 1713 ), although it recovered dramatically after a few decades, surpassing the late eighteenth century the thousand five hundred inhabitants.
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Almonte living from agriculture (such as olive groves and vineyards) and, thanks to the abundant forest cover in the area, could also hold a large livestock population, of which goats, sheep, pigs hives and lived in greater numbers. The vast territory of the province allows the inhabitants of Almonte for missing food resources.
The name Almonte Doñana project to Spain thanks to the shrine of El Rocio in the late nineteenth century. Almonte now lives on agriculture, as it had done since the eighteenth century, although the services sector is becoming an important driver of wealth. The sun and beach tourism is developed in the nearby beach Matalascañas with the global projection of the village of El Rocio.
The climate of this area is Mediterranean, but oceanizado, due to contact with the Atlantic. Although the field of Almonte is very large and in some areas there are microclimates, in general, the average temperature of the locality is 17 ° C, with hot summers and mild winters. The rains are not abundant Almonte, not exceeding 700 mm per year, however, are enough to keep moist Doñana.
[ edit ]Events typical of the locality
Parish Church- Easter: Holy Week almonteña has become very popular since the nineties and today has five processions. Palm Sunday comes from the chapel of Christ the Lord of the Borriquita. On Wednesday, from the same temple, is the turn of the Brotherhood of Captive Jesus and the Virgin of Rosario. The other guilds out of the Assumption Parish: Holy Thursday Jesus del Gran Poder and the Virgin of the Fifth Anguish, on Good Friday the Christ of Mercy and Our Lady of Sorrows and Holy Saturday and the Holy Burial Soledad.
- Pilgrimage of El Rocio : The festival of Almonte in which millions of pilgrims gather all with one mind to see the White Dove, the pilgrimage is exactly one week to the people of Almonte having its day of splendor is the Sunday morning.
- The Fair: Fair Almonte is contained in the enclosure municipal Chaparral, the show starts at the beginning of the summer with her day of splendor on Saturday. This holiday is in honor of the patron saint of Almonte, San Pedro whose day is June 29 . The last day of the fair which always falls on Monday, is a local holiday and is celebrated a bullfight in the cattle enclosure. The June 26 mares come to Almonte from El Rocío is the popular Out of the mares , which already has over 510 years celebrated.
This post has been edited by Ian Williams: 15 May 2012 - 12:34