The municipality of Casabermeja, with an area of 66 km2, extends to the west of the Colmenar-Periana Corridor, as an extension of this and serving as a link with the south of the Torcal de Antequera, reaching north to link with the Puerto de Las Pedrizas and the Sierra de las Cabras, all this area of the municipality is dominated by soft hills for the cultivation of cereal, almond and some other olive grove, dotted with beautiful and white farmhouses; to the south, it goes into the northernmost foothills of the Montes de Málaga Natural Park.
Considered as the gateway to Málaga, it has been since the most remote times one of the accesses from different locations on the coast, including the capital of Málaga, to the interior of Andalusia. The population center of Casabermeja is located 18 km from the capital of the Costa del Sol, on a small hill and 547 meters above sea level.
Their lands are crossed by the Guadalmedina River and the Cauche Stream.
Its lands were already inhabited since ancient times, as shown by the cave paintings made in small coves of Peñas Cabrera, a burial of the Neolithic on Monte Calvario, and megalithic tombs in the Cerro del Lagar de Villanueva and Cerro Chapera, among others; but it was the Romans who left a greater testimony of their passage through the municipality. To this period belong the alfar of Cerro Alcaide, the Ruins of the Cotonilla, a place near the Stream of the Molinera, and the ruins of the Fountain of the Parras, already in the urban area, on Saint Sebastián Street.
It is very probable that the origin of the name of the town comes from the Arabic sound Qsar Bermeja (red castle). From that time, remains of an old wall and the Zambra Tower have remained, as well as the network of narrow streets in the old town. The town was founded by the Catholic Monarchs, according to a document signed later by Juana la Loca in 1529 and Carlos I in 1550. And almost a century later, in 1633, the residents were granted permission to buy the town to the Crown.
In Casabermeja we find a very different variety of places of interest, among which we highlight:
Church of Our Lady of the Socorro: It rises inside the urban helmet like signal of identity. The original building dates from the sixteenth century, to this were added during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a set of buildings around a central body, that is, sacristy, tower and side aisles to which the dressing rooms are attached. The central nave is covered by a barrel vault with lunettes and the lower ones with a false plaster ceiling in the shape of a trough. The latter are separated from the central by arches, on brick pillars. The transept is closed in its central part by means of a hemispherical dome, and in the lateral ones with a barrel vault with lunettes. Its exterior is built in masonry and brick, with square base tower, five floors, separated by cornices. The last one opened by semicircular arches. Among the most valuable contents that houses, highlights the goldsmiths of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and two carvings in polychrome wood of evangelists.
Hermitage: Located 1.5 km from Casabermeja along the road of the Montes de Málaga. Newly built, from its viewpoint we can get wonderful views.
Zambra Tower: Built in the 13th century, during the Arab occupation, it was used as a watchtower for the defense of the town. Located on a hill behind the town, apart from its great historical value, from it, on clear days, you can see the charming landscape of the Montes de Málaga Natural Park, the Torcal de Antequera, the capital of Málaga, the neighboring towns such as Villanueva de la Concepción or Colmenar and, on days exempt from maritime haze, North Africa.
Municipal Cemetery of Saint Sebastián: Declared as a Historical Artistic Monument, its peculiarity lies in its architecture, it is like a small city next to the town, which can be seen from the highway itself.
Peñas Cabrera: Located about 5 km from Casabermeja in the direction of Colmenar and the banks of the Guadalmedina River, in them we can appreciate the cave paintings in their covachas, they are of great beauty.
In Casabermeja and its surroundings we can find different entertainments to enjoy.
Montes de Málaga: Mountainous chain very close to Casabermeja that runs parallel to the Mediterranean coast to the Crest of the Queen.
Torcal de Antequera: A spectacular natural space where the karstic landscape of all Europe is reflected. Its name is due to the torcas or sinkholes that are found in its territory.
Ceramic Museum-Workshop: It is a cultural center dedicated to pottery, located on Real Street. His initiative was thanks to the ceramist Julio Hernández Varela and the collector Sergio Ferrero. It contains a collection of more than 200 pieces, both national and international. It is also used as an artisan learning center through courses, workshops and temporary exhibitions.
To complete a visit to Casabermeja, we can enjoy some of its festivities.
Saint Sebastián Day: It is celebrated on January 20 and in honor of the patron saint of the town.
Holy Week: During Holy Thursday and Good Friday, as well as Sunday of Resurrection, thrones with religious images are taken out in procession.
Saint Marcos Day: On April 25, all the residents of the town enjoy a meal in the countryside.
Corpus Christi: Its celebration takes place in the month of May or June, on this day the main streets are adorned with flower beds. The celebration continues in the town for four days and ends with the procession through its streets.
Flamenco Contest: At the end of July is celebrated, where the most veteran of Andalusia and brings together the best "cantaores" nationwide.
Fair: The first weekend of August takes place this celebration, which lasts for 4 days and takes place at the entrance of the town.
Pilgrimage of the Virgin of the Socorro: It is approximately August 15, in honor of the patron saint of the town. During its celebration, the neighbors accompany their patron saint from the Church of Our Lady of the Socorro to the Hermitage and in the vicinity there is a meal in the countryside.
Among the typical dishes of Casabermeja we find the plate of the mountains, the gazpacho, the pot of the era, the rabbit with garlic, the goat in pepitoria, the migas, the soup of the stew and the stew; all accompanied by wine must of the land. In confectionery we can highlight the borrachuelos, the oil cakes, the roscos of wine, the biscuit bread, the hornazos and the chickpea buns, typical of the Saint Marcos festivity.