Pinos del Valle
Pinos del Valle is the larger of three villages that were joined together in 1976 to be part of a single municipality called El Pinar. The other two were Izbor and Acebuches village. Pinos del Valle is the 'capital' village where the town hall is located.
The village of Pinos del Valle is situated at the foot of Mount Chinchirina; at the top of the peak you'll find the Ermita del Santo Cristo del Zapato. It was built in 1925 and co-called because of a picture of Christ with a painted shoe at his feet. In the Barrio Alto neighbourhood, you can find the Ermita de San Sebastián, which dates from the early 19th century and is considered one of the most interesting examples of neoclassical architecture in Granada province.
In the Barrio Bajo, the Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción, built at the end of the 16th century, is worth seeing; look out for the multicoloured carvings from the schools of Mena and Martínez Montañés. For one of the best views of the Béznar reservoir and the rest of the area, go to the neighbourhood of Las Eras.
Visitors can enjoy such typical dishes as tortillas de habas (bean omelette) as well as desserts made with local almonds from the extensive orchards nearby.
Two fiestas stand out in El Pinar: the Fiestas Patronales de Ízbor, which take place in December with the traditional procession of San José and the Virgin Mary and a festival held at night; and Santo Cristo del Zapato, in the area of Pinos del Valle. This takes place in May and is marked with a pilgrimage to the chapel, a quinary (five masses) and a procession.
El Pinar is 45km from Granada city. Take the A-44 (direction Armilla-Motril), then take exit 164 to arrive at the centre of Pinos del Valle.