The wide riverbed that receives water from the La Clamor canyon is peppered with sandstone rocks, rounded by years of erosion, giving rise to an unusual landscape. Centuries ago, the small village of Azlor sprang up on one of these sandstone spurs, the first houses appearing near the castle walls and later in the shelter of the parish church.

The rolling landscape of the surrounding area boasts a blanket of almond blossom in the spring, thriving fields of cereal in the summer and the ochre patchwork of vineyards in the autumn. A number of paths cross the area and provide a relaxing way to get close to nature throughout the whole of the year, a privilege that is true of many villages in Somontano.

The old part of the village is laid out around a rectangular square. Strolling through Azlor’s streets reveals a number of imposing ancestral houses made from stone and brick, with elegant doorways and galleries of arches; Casa El Barón, Casa Palacio, Casa Turia and Casa Zamora are all fine examples. At least eight houses in the village display coats of arms, which served to flaunt the nobility of the people within.

At the beginning of the 12th century, soon after the Christian conquest, the old Muslim fortress perched on a long sandstone rock was fortified. The so called Ador castle was probably very similar to that of the neighbouring village of Azara. At one end of the rocky platform there is a large rectangular water tank set into the rock.

On a small hillock between Azara and Azlor, and visible from the main road, the remains of a small rural farmhouse of “El Castillo” can be seen. It is believed to date back to the 15th century. Now in ruins there is very little left of the building except the scant remains of the four walls, a few of the church’s arches and a small chapel dedicated to St Gil. 

 

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