Beas de Granada is just a few kilometres from Granada and is part of the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Huétor. It is a mid-mountain area, surrounded by hills and lying among oak forests, at 1071 meters above sea level. To this day it remains almost hidden from the view of neighbouring towns.
The town is located in one of the most beautiful places near Granada, with splendid panoramic views opening southwards towards the Sierra Nevada. It has a Moorish flavour, seen especially in the architecture of some of the older houses.
The history of Beas de Granada goes back to the Roman Empire. The earliest reference to it mentions its position along the Roman road to Acci, hence its name stemming from the Latin word via. At first it was just a coach house or resting point at a crossroads. Due to its protected location it grew in importance during the Roman period. Travellers and troops alike had to pass through here.
Under Arab rule it became a large farmstead with twenty families who had their houses gathered around a castle that no longer stands today. The farmstead had close links with the city of Granada. Its population worked mainly in agriculture and the booming business of mulberry production needed for silkworm breeding. After the Reconquista, the land and houses were distributed between Francisco de Bobadilla and the Moors. However, the latter were penalised with such high taxes that they rebelled and were expelled soon after. During the revolt part of the church caught fire. The town was repopulated with settlers from Castile, Leon, Asturias and Galicia.
Very popular in this area are salads with white beans, leeks and onion puree, as well as bean and wheat dishes. Pork ribs with mushrooms, lamb chops, beef and veal rolls are also often served here.
The rich wines of the area accompany many of the town’s dishes. There is a long wine tradition that is reflected in the festivals and competitions held in the area.
The patron celebrations take place in August, in honour of San Roque, with the election of the Queen, parade and popular night party. Besides, on the program of the Cultural Week the flamenco nights, conferences, theatre and poetry, apart from [...]