Alhendín

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The charm of Alhendín lies in its many different landscapes. It is situated in the heart of the Vega de Granada near the Suspiro del Moro, and includes a mix of agricultural land and arid landscapes.

The Tarajal stream runs through the municipality, giving contrasts between the fertile land of the plain, the drier country and the Mediterranean forests. The natural heritage lies side by side with the historical legacies of the Arabs and the Catholic Kings, in the shape of the many chapels built in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Alhendín had human settlers as far back as Prehistoric times, evidenced by the many ancient pots and vessels found in the area. A semi-artificial cave is preserved in Montevives that dates back to the Roman period. The town began to gain importance in the Nasrid era.

Located between La Vega and the Valle de Lecrín, its strategic position made Alhendín very popular amongst settlers and it was continually inhabited beteen the 8th and 16th centuries. The first inhabitants were members of the Yemeni tribe of Hamdan. During Nasrid rule it was a large farmstead that belonged to the Nasrid kings and it was defended by one of the most important towers in the area. It was conquered in 1483 by Ferdinand, but Boabdil destroyed the castle in 1490.

Part of the culinary wealth of Alhendín lies in the sheer variety of local dishes. Among its more typical recipes are Migas, porridge, chickpea and bean dishes and spinach tortillas. Often you will find goat with garlic and fried potatoes. Another specialty is the olive oil bread bun with an egg inside it, known as hornazo, a special treat served on the feast day of San Marcos.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Granada and its surroundings
Postcode: 18620
Distance from Granada (km): 10
Number of inhabitants: 5200
People: Alhendinenses
Web: www.alhendin.org
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Ermita de la Virgen de la Aurora

Alhendín

Built in the early 19th century by an anonymous artist, this chapel is located in the town’s Plaza de España opposite the parish church of Alhendín. It is dedicated to the Virgin of Aurora.

Ermita de San Sebastián

Alhendín

This chapel was built in the 19th century. Inside you will see a lovely Baroque altarpiece and a statue of Saint Sebastian. It is located in the Eras Altas part of town.

Ermita de Santo Cristo

Alhendín

This chapel is situated in the Bajo neighbourhood of Alhendín in the Plaza de Santo Cristo. It was built in 1768 and it has been renovated recently.

Iglesia parroquial de Alhendín

Alhendín

This parish church is the main monument in Alhendín and is one of the churches built by the Catholic Kings after the conquest of Granada. Built on the site of a former mosque, it was first recorded in 1537, although [...]

Familia Raya

Alhendín

Guarnicionería Raya, S.L.

Inmaculada Concepcion Celebrations

Alhendín

Curiously, the third week of August the carving of the Virgen of the Aurora is taken in a parade. Except each five years, which are the main celebrations and the Inmaculada Concepcion, patron of the district, is taken in the [...]

Easter Sunday

Alhendín

Before the mass of Easter morning they take in procession the traditional Reverencias, the carvings of San Juan, the Virgen de los Dolores, dressed in white, the empty Sepulchre and the carving of the Resucitado.

San José

Alhendín

The celebration of San Jose, patron of the town, is celebrated this day with a mass and a parade.



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