It would be unforgivable to leave Cártama without first having seen the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, the patron saint, although the trip may not be exactly easy. The sloping route zigzags upward to the hermitage and in places, there are steps to get across the very uneven terrain. The effort will be well rewarded upon arrival at the temple, which commands one of the best panoramic views of the Guadalhorce valley.
Apparently, the present hermitage, which is from the eighteenth century, had a predecessor from the sixteenth century. According to tradition, in that era there was an appearance in this place of the Virgin, whose image was borne in a procession when the village was suffering the ravages of an epidemic. With the disappearance of the diseases, the Virgin received the title “de los Remedios” (“of the Remedies”), and the devotion that she inspires extends far beyond the borders of this municipality.
The secluded building seems to have been built around the “camarín”(niche) in which is found the small image of the Virgin. All that space is exuberantly decorated with gypsum artwork and brilliantly coloured paintings. The exterior is crowned by a graceful belfry.