Pulianas is comprised of two different areas: Pulianas and Pulianillas. These were originally two independent villages; they united in 1945, through the connection of their respective main roads. In Pulianas, this old road is called la calle Aljibe and in Pulianillas it is called la avenida de Andalucía. Both areas are separated by the Juncaril stream.
During Arab occupation, the name of Pulianas was Bulyana. At this time it was already divided into two parts: Pulianillas la Chica and Pulianillas la Grande. They were part of the collection of agricultural villages near to Granada city. Nowadays, this proximity to the capital (5km) has led to its rapid urbanisation; the district is known as one of the largest business complexes in the province.
Vía Crucis is a very important monument in Pulianas. It is a collection of stone crosses divided across the whole of the area. These crosses are added to important scenes on the facades of buildings around the town. One of the most examples of these sites in Pulianas can be found on the Camino Viejo; it dates from the 16th century and is composed of 3 stone crosses with the image of Jesus Christ carved into the centre.
There are many other interesting buildings in Pulianas. The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Remedios, is the church of the patron saint of the village. The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario was built in the 16th century and reconstructed in the 17th century, with an enormous tower. The old convent constructed in the 16th century can be found in Huerto de San Antón along with an old mill.
The north and north-east of Pulianas is made up of hills and slopes from the mountain ranges of Alfacar, Víznar and Yedra. In the south and south-west, the land is practically flat with only some small slopes.
To experience the typical diet of the pulianenses and pulianeros, you should try sopa de maimones guisada con pan frito, (garlic soup with fried bread); espárragos trigueros, (asparagus); migas, (a dish made with breadcrumbs, garlic, olive oil and other ingredients); gachas, (oatmeal porridge); olla de garbanzos, (chickpea hotpot); tortillas de espinacas, (spinach omelette); and choto (veal).
There are two main fiestas in Pulianas. La fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, takes place at the start of February and is celebrated with religious services. Semana Santa takes place on Good Friday and is marked with a procession of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno and la Virgen de los Dolores.
Pulianas is 5km from Granada city. Take the GR-NE-55, known as Pulianas road.