Martos offers us a special spot and a unique sight: the legendary Peña with the small village positioned on its mountainsides, forming a beautiful group of white houses which spill down the mountain until they reach the flat. All of this is surrounded by the numerous glorious olive groves. The origins of the city date back to the prehistoric era. It was the Iberian city of Tucci, and in Roman times, it was the Colony of Augusta Gemella. Under the Visigoths it was an episcopal see. The Muslims gave it the name Martos as it was an important military fortress at that time. After the Christian conquest, it became the capital city of the Order of Calatrava in the Alto Guadalquivir (Upper Guadalquivir). Its special physical layout and its complex historical legacy make it attractive and unique, which has led to the Historical Site being recognised as a Cultural Heritage Asset.
At 10:00, meet on Plaza de la Fuente de la Villa.
From 10:00 to 12:30, breakfast (pupils must bring their own food) in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and a guided tour of the old quarter of the town, including the Church of Santa Marta, the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Villa and the keep of the Castle of la Villa, which serves as a visitor centre today.
From 12:30 to 13:30, a visit to the San Amador agricultural- cooperative olive-oil mill (C/ Príncipe Felipe, 20), which has more than 50 years of history, where pupils will be able learn more about olive oil, how it is made, types of olive oil and flavours, through tasting sessions and an audiovisual projection.
Pupils will receive a “Cultural visit to Martos” educational booklet, produced by Martos Town Council.