The remains of Lacipo can be found 4 kilometres from Casares, on an elevated promontory known as Alechipe farm and facing west towards the Genal and Guadiaro rivers.
Located in an extremely important enclave between the rich lands that are nourished by the Genal and Guadiaro rivers and with the necessary connections to the mountain villages, it was most likely founded by the communities that lived in the territory, largely influenced by the Phoenician-Punic world that were reorganised against the imperialist interests of Carthage so as to gain the strategic control of this sector of the peninsula in the 3rd century.
As a Turdetani city, it must have had a temple or a sanctuary dedicated to the god Sun or the goddess Moon, it also had two altars in Roman times: one dedicated to Youth and the other to Fortuna Augusta. We can learn about its pre-Roman period importance through its very name, the pictures on its coins, its walls and its Iberian sculptures.
In the Roman period, the historians Pliny the Elder and Pomponius Mela placed Lacipo in the Cadiz Juridical Convent, as a tax city, thus demonstrating its wealth.
It was under the rule of Rome when Lacipo truly became a city, creating its own mint, of Punic tradition in the 2nd century, and consolidating itself in the territory in such a way that in the 1st century it became a settlement that copied models of Italic origin, full of forums and walls.
The families that lived here were related to the existing power groups in other important cities, such as Carteia, in the neighbouring area of San Roque.
Following an age of decadence during the 4th and 5th centuries, the settlement became populated again in the 6th and 7th century, with a cemetery from the Visigoth period located upon the ancient ruins of the Classical period.
In 1975 and 1976, Lacipo was the subject of archaeological excavations that brought materials to light, now held in the Provincial Archaeological Museum of Malaga, which allowed for a more in-depth understanding of the settlement as well as its important role in the historic development of the territory.