Located in the heart of La Alpujarra, Carataunas is the smallest municipality in the region, both as regards population and geographical size. It is highly recommended for those seeking peace and quiet. Its layout and architecture is typical of La Alpujarra, with houses with flat slate roofs adapted to the terrain. From some points of the town and from the surrounding area you can get amazing panoramic views.
Reputedly, the name Carataunas is of Arab origin, meaning ‘quiet’. The municipality shares its history with most of the other towns in the region. During the Arab period it was fairly important. It passed into the hands of the Catholic Kings after the Reconquista in 1492. In 1568 the Moorish revolt occurred after many years of oppression by the Christians. Felipe II harshly repressed this rebellion, and in 1570 expelled the Moors. Carataunas was repopulated throughout the 16th and 17th centuries with Christians from other regions of Spain.
Local ingredients include hams and sausages. A typical local recipe is fennel stew, made of white beans, rice, bacon, pig’s tail, potatoes and fennel.