This small town is located in the valley that separates the Sierra Nevada from the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Huétor. The town still retains it mountain village charm. The Río Aguas Blancas runs through the municipality and its waters are incredibly clear and do not even become muddy after storms.
Dúdar has preserved its traditional architecture. Interesting and attractive mills are dotted around the area, a hallmark of a people who have a history of working with the water. The town’s location, set in magnificent landscapes, yet near Granada, makes it an exceptional place to enjoy nature. Fruit orchards and vegetable fields surround the municipality.
Although little is known about the origin of the town’s name or when it was founded, it is presumed that the name is Arab and its foundation took place in the Arab era. Dúdar came into being at the time when the valleys of Granada were populated with small farmhouses, whose inhabitants worked in the fields and orchards. The first written records referring to Dúdar date back to the 13th century, when it was part of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. It remained Muslim until the Reconquista in 1492. Like the rest of the region, its population plummeted with the expulsion of the Moors. It was subsequently repopulated with settlers from other parts of Spain.
It used to be linked to Quéntar until it became independent, although its links with the town have remained strong ever since.
Dúdar cuisine is famous for its good stews and soups, as well as for the excellent quality of the local lamb, beef and rabbit. Traditional dishes are often accompanied by good wines that are made locally. The Papas con bacalao (potatoes with cod) is one of the most popular local recipes.
In Dudar, at the beginning of February, the patron celebrations in honour of San Blas take place. On these days of popular effervescence the villagers of Dudar organize a packed program of celebrations. Cultural and liturgical events and at night, [...]