The archaeological site of Begastri (Guided Tours)
The archaeological site of Begastri is situated 3 kilometres from the city center. There, Romans and Visigoths were settled and the presence of the Iberian culture can be verified since the 4th century BC.
As early as the 1st century AD. the area achieved the status of Roman Municipium, and was transformed into a classical city with public buildings, possibly including a forum, amphitheatre, temples, sanctuaries, gymnasiums and baths.
The pressure of the barbarian people, who caused the Imperial Rome to crumble, and Carthage to be destroyed, meant that Begastri reached its period of greatest splendour in the 3rd century AD and even became an Episcopal See. It is even said to have had a basilica where the popular Monogrammatic Cross of Cehegín, a symbol that refers to Christ, was kept.
Did you know that the sarcophagus of Adam was also found in this area? It was in the eastern gate and according to historians, some wealthy Christians moved it to Begastri in the 4th century AD.
Open at weekends with winter opening hours of 10:10 am, 11:15 am and 12:30 pm and summer opening hours of 09:30 am, 10:30 am and 11:30 am. The cost is 2 € per person. Individuals do not need to book. For groups of more than 20 people please telephone 628 408 565 in advance.
This is the link to Google Maps of the Begastri archaeological site.
Parking is available on site. Access is gained by taking exit 53 (Cehegín Este) from the motorway. From the sliproad continue to the roundabout (with the Cehegín cross) taking the second exit onto Ronda Este. After two speed bumps you reach another roundabout where you turn right and the sign for Begastri will be visible. Follow the road and at the next fork in the road keep to the right until you see the site on your right. After a few metres you turn right onto the Vía Verde, taking care as this is a pedestrian and cycle track. In a few metres turn right into the site where free parking is available.
Private tours may be available outside of the stated hours by telephoning 628 408 565 (subject to availability).