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Valle de Lecrín

Valle de Lecrín

Like its neighbouring villages Jete and Otivar, Lentejí is located inland from the Costa Tropical, tucked away in the southern part of the Sierra de Almijara mountains and protected by the river Verde. It is a popular destination for lovers of rural tourism and adventure sports such as canyoning and caving.

This area is mainly formed by small villages, which, in some cases, have less than 200 residents. These are tranquil and unspoilt and are ideal destinations for lovers of rural tourism and outdoor sports such as hiking, fishing, caving, mountain climbing or hunting, amongst others.

Villamena is home to the Arroyo de la Laguna caves, the source of mineral waters from the Padul lake. Made up of two populations, Cozvíjar and Cónchar, the former is the village ‘capital’. Walking through Cozvíjar, visitors will find three important buildings: the Casa Grande, an 18th-century palace owned by the counts of Villa Amena; the Iglesia Parroquial de San Juan, adjacent to the Casa Grande and built in the mid 16th century.

The town of Padul is an ideal destination for lovers of nature and adrenalin sports. Located in the Sierra del Manar, the foothills of Sierra Nevada, the area offers visitors activities such as hiking, horse-riding, mountain-biking, paragliding and hang-gliding. Padul also has the advantage of being very close to the capital city of Granada.

Nigüelas is a village which reveals charm in every corner. Its location is extremely privileged - it is the highest municipality in the Valle de Lecrín. The 3000-metre-high “Pico del Caballo” mountain impresses visitors with its grandeur - in winter it is capped with snow, while in summer or on a clear day, it offers view down to the sea.

Los Guajáres is comprised of three small villages: Guájar Faragüit, Guájar Fondón and Guájar Alto. The area is located in a small, beautiful subtropical valley, formed by the river Loba. Its name comes from an Arabic word for abrupt, steep and difficult to access, describing the mountain below which the villages are situated.

The attraction for visitors to Lecrín is as much its natural environment as its historical and artistic heritage. Although as a municipality it was only formed in the 1970s, the six populations of which it is comprised - Mondújar, Talará, Béznar, Acequias, Chite and Murchas - have been around for much longer.

El Valle is an area made up of three villages that were originally, during Arab times, tahás (a Nazari word to describe an administrative district: ta means obedience): Saleres, Melegís and Restábal; they were merged in 1972. As the most populous and also being located midway between the three, Restabal is the capital of the municipality.

As well as a rich historical and artistic heritage, resplendent in various religious buildings, El Pinar offers one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Alpujarra: the steep, narrow Tablate ravine, with its ancient bridge dating from the 15th century which serves as the main gateway to the Alpujarras

The village of Dúrcal is a perfect location for lovers of rural tourism, hiking and other sports; it also has a rich historical heritage for those who prefer a more cultural type of tourism. The village is located in the Dúrcal River valley, on the slope from the Sierra Nevada and in the fertile Valle de Lecrín. The land in Dúrcal was used for growing sugar throughout the Arab occupation.

The village of Albuñuelas has been occupied since the prehistoric period. It is an ideal destination for those who enjoy outside sports such as hunting, canyoning, paragliding and hiking. Albuñuelas is located in the west of the Valle de Lecrín, to the north of the Sierras de Almijara and Guájares, and on the right side of the river of the same name. The village centre is found in the Sierra also called Albuñuelas.

The village of Otura is found at the limits of what is known as La Campana. This is the area where the sound of the bells from the Torre de la Vela in the Alhambra Palace can still be heard. Otura is located between the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and the plains of the vega lowlands. The landscape of Otura is practically flat, making it the perfect place for agriculture.

This town, located close to Granada City, played an important role in the numerous battles that took place here during the re-conquest of Andalucía by the Christians. The Armilla population is believed to date back to before the Roman occupation. The village was a passageway for silk merchants on their way to the coast; unfortunately, knowledge of silk spinning was lost after the Christian militants ended the Muslim occupation.

Alhendín is located in the heart of the Granada lowlands. Its location and vast landscapes make it a haven for culture and nature lovers. Prehistoric human remains have been discovered here, as well as pots and glasses. From the Roman period, a semi-artificial cave has been conserved in Montevives. The main attraction is from the Nasrid dynasty; remains of a fortress camouflaged between various other buildings.