Ohanes

Ohanes
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Village located in southern Sierra Nevada, in the region of the Alpujarra, and included within the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada, a natural paradise of the community, for its rich landscape, flora, fauna and anthropology.

The village, located on a slope like the rest of the villages of the Alpujarra, possesses the characteristics common to them all: white houses with flat roofs and chimneys laid out in narrow graded streets, a Mudejar church and flowers decorating the balconies.

Around the village there are terraces where the famous "Ohanes grape" originated and is still grown. It brings great wealth to this area.

In the dependent municipality of Tices is the sanctuary of the Virgen de Tices.

History

Typical landscape of terraced fields for crops. It is famous for the type of grape that during a good part of the XIX century and the beginning of the XX became a fundamental export product for this village and for so many others in the province of Almeria. It also brought with it the barrel industry as the grapes were transported in barrels.

This type of grape was obtained by the hybridization or crossing of the white grape called "Jaen" with the Ragol grape or the hanging grape known as "encarnada de Rágol'. Its cultivation was begun in this village and immediately afterwards in Ragol from where it quickly spread through the whole province.

The existence of a nazari fortress tells us about its history in the Al-Andalus period. The Christian conquest occurred at the end of the XV century and the Moorish uprisings in the middle of the XVI. Before the Moorish revolt in 1568, Ohanes had 495 inhabitants of Moorish origin. Two armies were formed to put down the rebellion, one under the Marquis of Mondejar and another under the Marquis of los Velez. The latter endured violent combats in Ohanes, Huecija and Felix. The ending of the fighting was engineered by don Juan of Austria. The Moorish population was expelled from the Kingdom of Granada.

Once repopulation was carried out with old Christians there was a slow recovery of the population during the following centuries. In the middle of the XVIII century it had 468 inhabitants.

The XIX century was the great century for Ohanes. Its name was known world-wide as the name of the type of grape: the Ohanes grape. It was exported to Europe and America. With the first crises of the XX century the international markets closed down and its production decreased irremediably.

Eminent citizens

Juan Cristobal Gonzalez Quesada, sculptor.
Diego Ventaja, Bishop.
Miguel Vizcaino, serviceman and lawyer.

Ohanes
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Ohanes
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Ohanes
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Distance to the capital (km)
52
Altitude above sea level (m)
958
Extension (Km 2 )
32
No. of Inhabitants
784
Demonym
Ohanenses
Postal Code
04459
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