by Marta Palomo Hermoso

This is a municipality whose origins are linked to the mining of silver, as there were large quantities of this material in the locality.  However, the passage of time has depleted this natural resource.

The origins of the town date back to Roman times, but it is from the Muslim period that the greatest number of archaeological remains have been preserved, such as its Arab baths. They are located some 500 metres from the town centre, next to the river Barro, and conserve the Nasrid style of construction.

Another important vestige of the past is the Castillo del Barrio or Castillo de los Moros, which currently houses the municipal cemetery. And in front of the village the visitor can contemplate the ruins of what was once the Fortaleza de la Reina, located next to a ravine.

In the centre of the town you can enjoy other outstanding monuments such as the Santo Cristo Chapel and the Church of the Annunciation.

Once the cultural tour of Lanteira is over, the visitor can enjoy numerous activities in contact with nature, as it is located in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park. In fact it is the starting point of the famous "route of the three thousand metres". Areas such as the El Peñón viewpoint, the Tajo del Toril or La Rinconá and the recreational area of El Canal complete the rich tourist offer of this municipality, ideal for lovers of hiking.

The most typical products of its gastronomy are pastoral cheeses and the star dish is the potaje de Bolones (stew).

One of its notable festivals is held on Palm Sunday and consists of the Passion plays; a tradition since 1888 and which in 1994 won the "MuchoTeatre" prize.

Its patron saint festivals is held in September in honour of the Santo Cristo de las Penas.

Lanteire is 93 kilometres form the of Granada and Lanteira. To get to Lanteira take the A-92 from Granada and turn-off towards Puerto de la Ragua.

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