Jewish Heritage in Spain and Portugal

Candelario (W, SP)


This lovely mountain town, which is more than 2000 meters above sea level, is surrounded by spectacular forests populated by oaks and chestnut trees, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2006.

Candelario is an excellent example of how architecture has been adapted to the environment.  Regaderas—gutters—run down its steep narrow streets with crystalline waters from the melting snow of the nearby mountains.  The distinctive houses have features that are unique to this town:  batipuertas (wooden half-doors), large eaves to protect the houses from the snow, and spacious covered terraces used for drying the typical sausages that are made here. 

Because of these singular architectural characteristics, Candelario was declared a Historical-Cultural Site in 1975.