Restábal is located at the foot of a hill called the Cerro de los Canjorros and you can enjoy some fantastic views from its bridge over the Río Torrente. The white houses of the town centre of Restábal are pretty and from here you can see over Melegís and Saleres and the orange and lemon groves that stretch out into the middle of the Valle de Lecrín.
Although there are many beautiful natural areas worth mentioning around the town, we have picked out three particularly special ones. The first is a ravine called Barranco de Alos, with its cavernous limestone areas dug out by the waters and the ancient carob tree that stands nearby. The second is an area which extends around the banks of the Embalse de Béznar reservoir near the Cortijo de Budas. You reach it by taking a path through the orange and olive trees. The third is the Loma de Calvario, from where you can get some stunning panoramic views over the village and the whole valley.
Melegís has many manor houses built in the 18th century. One of the most interesting attractions here is the is the hot spring of El Baño, whose healing properties, especially for certain skin conditions, have been praised since ancient times.
Saleres is the highest of the three towns in the district. Here, Pago de los Llanos is worth a visit, as it is where the well-known spring of the Fuente de los Siete Años (literally the ‘Seven Years Spring’) is located. It was given this name because it flows strongly for seven years and for the following seven years its flow considerably lessens.
The first written records of this place date back to the Islamic period. However, there was clearly human settlement before that, probably due to the fertility of the land and the abundance of water in the area.
In the 15th century Melegís was the residence of the Court of Granada for a short time, after the civil wars between the Nasrid king Alhamar and the Abencerrajes family in the late 14th century.
Despite the conflicts, the Muslims made this town a prosperous place. They developed irrigation networks, some of which are still used today. They prospered in agriculture, which was mainly based on the cultivation of mulberry trees for silk making. However, attacks by the Catholic Kings and the following expulsion of the Moors cut this age of prosperity short.
In the 19th century the lack of infrastructure resulted in a massive exodus that considerably reduced the number of inhabitants.
First and foremost this area is known for its olive and citrus trees. There are a wide range of traditional dishes that can be tasted in El Valle. These include fennel stew, orange dip, cod balls, snails, pig trotters, pumpkin pesto and various salads. Fried milk, almond biscuits, French toasts and orange cream are local sweet specialties.