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View of the rock of Martos from the Manuel Carrasco park.
View of the rock of Martos from the Manuel Carrasco park.
Flag of Martos
Coat of arms of Martos
Coat of arms
La ciudad de la Peña
Martos is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 37°43′N 3°58′W / 37.717°N 3.967°W / 37.717; -3.967Coordinates: 37°43′N 3°58′W / 37.717°N 3.967°W / 37.717; -3.967
Country Spain
Autonomous community Andalusia
ProvinceBandera de la provincia de Jaén.svg Jaén
Judicial districtMartos
 • AlcaldesaCustodia Martos Luque (2011) (PA)
 • Total259.10 km2 (100.04 sq mi)
753 m (2,470 ft)
 • Total24,207
 • Density93/km2 (240/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Marteño/a, tuccitano/a
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code(+34) 953 55 XX XX (+34) 953 70 XX XX

Martos is a city in the province of Jaén in the autonomous community of Andalusia in south-central Spain.

It has a population of 24063 inhabitants, making Martos the fifth largest municipality in the province. The city is located on a western peak of the Sierra Jabalcuz mountain range. It belongs to the metropolitan Area of Jaén, of which it is considered to be the second most important city after the capital.

Its economy is based on agriculture, in particular the cultivation of the olive tree. Also important are various industries, especially those related to the treatment of plastic.


The city has been linked to the Roman settlement of Colonia Augusta Gemella, and starting in the 8th century was ruled by the Moors under various Islamic states for over 500 years.

"Torre del Homenaje" of the "Castillo de la Villa"

In 1225, King Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon captured the city from the Moors and incorporated it into his kingdom.

During the Middle Ages, Martos became a strategic place, and its defences were reinforced with the construction of numerous fortifications in the city.

At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, Martos underwent significant economic and urban development (reflected in the city's architecture), in large part due to the wealth derived from the industrial production of olive oil. Martos thus became one of the most prosperous cities of eastern Andalusia.

Ecclesiastical history[edit]

Torre-Campanario de la Villa

Former diocese of Tucci[edit]

Around 250 AD, a bishopric was established in present Martos under the name Tucci, on territory from the suppressed Diocese of Iliturgi. It was a suffragan of the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sevilla.

In 350, it lost territory to establish the Diocese of Cástulo (now also a titular see), which it regained at that bishopric's suppression around 400.

In 715, it was suppressed to establish the Diocese of Beaza.

Recorded bishops are

  • Rogato (675? – 688?)
  • Teudisclo (693? – ?)


Martos possesses an immense agricultural richness thanks to the culture of the olive grove, which places the city in the summit as for production and quality of what is named a “liquid gold ". Nevertheless, in the last years, the industry has done a great act of presence in the economy of this city, especially the plastic industry, the car industry, metallurgists, the construction of roads, etc. Among all the existing factories in the city, it is necessary to emphasize the French multinational Valeo, dedicated to the production of projectors and lighting of vehicles, on which many other factories depend.


Among the numerous festivals carried out in the city it is necessary to highlight:

  • Holy week: Considered of tourist interest of Andalusia.
  • San Bartolomé's festival: Principal festival. August
  • Carnival
  • San Amador: On May 5
  • Virgin of the Villa: On the first Tuesday after Holy Week
  • Saint Martha: On July 29
  • Romería of the Virgin of the Victory: last weekend of May
  • Festival of the olive: on December 8


Sources and external links[edit]

  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.