The top of the Risco de San Gregorio, the Risco Grande for the locals, is adorned with Arab remains superimposed on pre-Roman remains. Altars, defenses, basins and other elements worth visiting, surrounded by magnificent views.
RISCO GRANDE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
At the top of the Sierra, of the Sacred Mountain, at 844 meters of altitude we find the remains of the Arab occupation: remains of the 4 towers of the castle that occupied the entire plain of the summit (a fortress of control of passage with an albarrana tower on its southern flank), and with a cistern in the highest part, without forgetting a mancala (board game) engraved on a horizontal face, and an alquerque of 9 in the southern fall.
All this occupying the area occupied in prehistoric times by the Vettones settlers, who have left us a stone altar in the form of stairs, another altar already very worn out in the plain, several bowls and curiously worked stones in the south fall, already out of the plain of the summit.
A place, in short, that was a prehistoric sanctuary, later occupied by the armies of Rome and that the Arab invaders were able to take advantage of until they were finally expelled on August 28, 1234.
Once Christianity settled in this enclave, the old, and now disappeared, hermitage of San Gregorio, protector saint of the fields from which the Risco takes its name, was built.
Nothing remains today of that ancient Christian footprint, but today the pre-Roman and Arab redoubts remain as the only guardians of this peak that has controlled the passage of travelers, traders and armies across the plain throughout history. This privileged hill will attract the attention of any visitor who approaches its summit. Of course, the location is inviting.