Indalo man - the symbol of Almería


When you arrive in Almería (and especially in Mojácar) you will start 

seeing everywhere this unique symbol. 

Get to know the Indalo symbol

The Indalo symbol, widely recognized as a cultural emblem of Almería, holds a rich history and significance. Dating back thousands of years, the Indalo figure is believed to have originated in the Neolithic period, with its name derived from an ancient deity worshipped by the region's indigenous people.

The figure itself depicts a man holding a rainbow-like arch over his head, symbolizing protection, luck, and prosperity. It is often associated with themes of hope, happiness, and good fortune.

Throughout history, the Indalo symbol has been linked to various legends and folklore, with interpretations varying across different cultures and generations. It has endured as a symbol of identity and pride for the people of Almería, representing their resilience and connection to the land.

One interesting fact about the Indalo symbol is its association with the town of Mojácar in Almería, where it is prominently featured in local art, architecture, and traditions. In 1964, the Indalo figure was adopted as the official emblem of Mojácar, further solidifying its significance within the region.

Today, the Indalo symbol remains a cherished icon in Almería, serving as a reminder of the area's rich cultural heritage and the enduring spirit of its people.


The Indalo Man was discovered in the province of Almeria over a century ago. It was initially unearthed in the Las Velez mountain range of northern Almeria province within a cave known as La Cueva de los Letreros (Cave of the Signboards), near Velez Blanco by Antonio Gongónia y Martinez in 1868. Recognized as a National Historic Monument in 1924, the cave preserves this remarkable find. It is believed to date back some 4500 years.

The symbol was adopted as the symbol of the Movimiento Indaliano, established by an artist Jesús de Perceval in Mojácar in 1950s. The term "Indalo" originates from the Latin phrase "Indo Eccius," signifying "Messenger of the Gods."

Mojacar evolved into a distinguished artists' hub, with its emblem, the Indalo, gaining increasing prominence. This marked the onset of the widespread adoption of the Indalo as a symbol representing the local identity.

Over the next few years, when also Mojacar Pueblo and Mojacar Playa started to be an attractive tourist destination the Indalo symbol saw a great increase in its popularity with it being painted on the front of houses and business as a good luck totem.

The symbol has now been adapted as not only representative for the Mojacar region but also for the whole province of Almeria which embraces it widely. 

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