This village, located in the Alpujarra region, is home to some beautiful natural monuments. The village itself has kept the Arabic influence alive, with narrow streets, whitewashed houses and flat roofs a common sight.
The “El Fex” farmhouse is a prime example of this Arabic influence; it dates between the 8th and 9th centuries. Visitors can also visit the Muslim remains that have been found in the old Molino de Ramblero mill and taste the waters from the Yabajos spring, situated at the exit of the village. In the village centre you can visit the Iglesia de Santa Ana, constructed over an old Nasrid mosque, which holds some very valuable images.
If you’d rather enjoy some time outdoors, Cáñar has plenty to offer. The Puentepalo beauty spot is a must, formed by a pine forest at the source of the Río Chico. There are barbecues and tables provided, making it an ideal spot for a picnic. Whilst you’re in the area, take a look at the waterfall nearby; it has a 30m drop.
La Cueva de Sortes and the Fuente de Poyo Dios are also interesting sights for visitors. The fountain is said to be where Federico García Lorca wrote some of his poetic compositions/poems.
The location of Cáñar is great for hiking, there are two routes included in the Europeo E-4 path which goes from Spain all the way to Greece.
Ceramic products are widely made in the village and are available in many stalls and workshops.
Visitors who want to sample the typical dishes of Cáñar should try ajo blanco (white garlic soup), la sopa de almendras (almond soup) or potaje de habichuelas (green bean stew).
The patron saints day is in July, in honour of Santa Ana. La fiesta de las mozuelas on 28 December is also something worth seeing if you are around.
Cáñar is 60km from Granada city. Take the A-44 (direction Lanjarón), then the A-348 until you reach the turning for the GR-421.