Traditional blue and white ceramics  © Michelle Chaplow
Traditional blue and white ceramics


by Shenai Martínez Fernández

The most interesting thing about the village of Purullena is the extensive neighbourhood of cave dwellings.

At the Cuesta del Negro site, remains have been found of a Neolithic fortified enclosure dating from 1800 B.C. with a necropolis and remains from the Late Bronze Age.

Another monument of interest is the parish church of San Martín, built in the 16th century and which conserves a Mudejar coffered ceiling.

The craftsmanship of Purullena is notable for its pottery work, decorated with cobalt blue using the polychrome lustre technique; this is a tradition that dates back to the 16th century. The pieces are exhibited and sold in cave-shops; before the construction of the motorway they were sold to the former users of the road to Guadix.

The star product of the gastronomy of this municipality is fruit, especially peaches. Dishes such as migas, gachas pimentoneras and, of course, poached peaches stand out. Other important products are bread and vegetables.

The fiestas in Purullena are spread over the second half of the year. In the third week of August, the festivity of Santo Cristo de los Milagros is celebrated, and on 11 November, the day of San Martín, with a procession and a popular street party.

In December, on the 8th, the festival of the Mozas takes place, in which the young women of the village take the Immaculate Conception in procession. This village also has a festival dedicated to peaches. The town of Purullena holds an annual agricultural machinery fair.

Purullena is located 60 kilometres from Granada just outside Guadix on the A-92 motorway.

Hotels in Purullena

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Cuevas Olmos

Situated 7 km from Guadix, this rustic-style complex offers a seasonal outdoor pool, gardens and BBQ facilities. Each charming Olmos cave apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and a patio with mountain views.

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