Losa del Obispo
Losa del Obispo, located 52km from Valencia, is known as the gateway to the mountains due to its being the first village in the administrative region when travelling from Valencia along the CV35. It is an eminently agricultural village, formerly centred on the cultivation of dryland crops such as grape, carob, almond and olive. Due to the increased use of irrigation, there has been an increase in the production of fruit, oranges and vegetables. Clay and sand mining, together with the transportation of these products, also represents an important local economic activity. The origin of Losa del Obispo dates from the time of the “Reconquista”, and the village, together with Villar of the Archbishop, originally belonged to the Barony of Chullilla. In 1795, the village obtained its independence. The original document declaring its new-found status, signed by King Charles 4th on 7th May, 1795, has survived.
The local cuisine shares the typical characteristics of that of the Serranía administrative region: filling dishes, such as “olla churra” (stew), “gachas” (porridge) and “migas”. Special mention may be made of the local sausages, lamb and pork. Mention may also be made of the local sweets, such as crystallized truffles and sweet cakes, anise rolls, “matecados”, sweet potato cakes. Typical products, Wine and olive oil Cooperativa Agrícola San Sebastián Mártir Avda. la Serranía, s/n.
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The most notable areas in the Llosa del Obispo municipality include: The “Atalayuela” mount, considered one of the most important archaeological sites of the Valencia Bronze Age. “La Fuente de la Canaleta”, located near “Barranco de la Cava”, is a recreational area equipped with a fountain, tables and paella-making facilities. It can be used as a campsite at Easter. The Calvary Mount, where this is a thick pine forest and which is the location for the Hermitage of Our Lady of Sorrows and the Stations of the “Via Crucis”.
Llosa del Obispo has a short-distance trail known as “Penya Roya”, which, starting from the village centre, crosses “El Pico de la Cruz”, “La Cima de los Huertos” (600 m) and “La Peña Roya”, before descending to the “Canaleta” spring. The route passes through the mountains located to the northwest of the village, an area where reforestation work is underway.
Losa del Obispo’s Main Festivities are held in honour of Saint Sebastian Martyr and the Relics on 20th and 21st January, respectively, and in honour of Saint Peter Martyr of Verona during the first week in August. Together they form our village’s summer festivities.
The festivities dedicated to Saint Sebastian include liturgical acts (mass, processions, celebration of the Relics), bonfires, parades, cultural activities (cinema, clowns, dance groups, etc.).
The summer festivities, dedicated to Saint Peter of Verona, include street dances, children’s games, sports competitions, religious services, parades, etc., with special mention to be made of the pilgrimage to Calvary, a nearby hill on which the Hermitage of Our Lady of Sorrows, the patron saint of Losa del Obispo, is located. During the pilgrimage, the participants dress in typical costumes.
Other celebrations held throughout the year include those dedicated to the Immaculate Conception (8th December), which is organized by “Las Clavariesas de la Inmaculada”, and those of Holy Week, which are in turn organized by the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Sorrows. Furthermore, the festivities include the acts celebrated by Unión Musical de Losa del Obispo in honour of Saint Cecilia.
Tel: 962 70 61 01 (Ayto. de Losa del Obispo)