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This town is located to the south of Granada, 860 metres above sea level, just by the Suspiro del Moro. It is on the edge of the fertile Valle de Lecrín and surrounded by the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Its southern border is next to the Sierra de Los Guájares. Dúrcalis part of the Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada and has its own microclimate and places of great beauty. It is an ideal place to go hiking and practice adventure sports in the middle of nature.

Dúrcal has one of the most beautiful landscapes of the region: the small valley formed by the river at the bottom of the Sierra Nevada. There are a number of bridges built in various eras that cross the river, many fountains with medicinal properties and old mills dotted around that made the most of the waters. All this is set against a lush and verdant backdrop, home to some of the finest restaurants and hotels in the area.

Dúrcal’s lofty bridges, which tower over its many orange and lemon groves, are a familiar view on the journey between Granada and the coast. Of the four bridges, the oldest and most important one from an archaeological point of view is the Roman bridge, which was built with a single arch in the 1st century AD. From here you can see the Puente de Hierro, where several active tourism companies organise bungee jumping.

The origins of Dúrcal date back to the Muslim period. It was a through-route on the way from Granada to the coast and its fertile terrain attracted the Arabs. Its name comes from the Arabic word ‘Quasb’, which refers to the cultivation of sugarcane, although the area is full of orange and lemon trees. After the Reconquista the Moors were expelled from the area, and from Dúrcal many families fled to Africa.

In Dúrcal cereals, almonds, oranges and lemons are grown, and aromatic olive oil is produced. Game also features in many recipes.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Alpujarra and Valle de Lecrín
Postcode: 18650
Distance from Granada (km): 28
Number of inhabitants: 6551
People: Durcalenses o durqueños
Web: www.adurcal.com
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Ermita de San Blas


This chapel dates back to the 16th century and is particularly memorable because of its many different sections. It has an elegant lantern that hangs outside its dome and a small rectangular bell tower embedded in its façade.

Iglesia parroquial de la Inmaculada Concepción


This is a solid and elegant building constructed in the mid-16th century, which was partially destroyed during the rebellion of the Moors. There are a number of interesting artistic works inside the church, including the depiction of San Ramón Nonato, [...]

La Alcazaba watchtower


Situated on the plain at the foot of the Cerro del Zahor, the Fuerte de la Alcazaba is a typical farmhouse tower, known also as the Torre de Márgena. It was built in the 14th century. Its defensive style indicates [...]

Encarni y Josefina Berrio


Mantilla Granadina bordada en tul

Celebration of the Hornazos


In the previous days to the celebration, the women are dedicated to elaborate in the different bakeries the popular and tasteful hornazos and olive oil buns of the region. When Easter Sunday arrives, the people go to the anejo of [...]

Romeria of San Isidro


They offer a rociera mass to San Isidro in this day. When the mass finishes, floats and men in horses go to the field in romeria and they prepare a meal to share.

Celebrations of San Blas


The celebrations of San Blas, patron of the town, have a very marked religious character. The traditional fireworks wheels that the villagers offer to its patron when it passes through the streets in the parade are characteristic in what is [...]

Celebrations of San Ramon


The celebrations in honour of San Ramon are characterized by the wide range of activities. Sports competitions or the traditional ludo contests, of spinning with wheels, of paellas, of mocho and bezana last the four or five days of the [...]


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