Huétor Santillán

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Located above a thousand metres above sea level, Huétor Santillán is part of a mountain range which bears its name and forms the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Huétor. This protected area is surrounded by diverse landscapes, including Mediterranean mountains, canyons, forests of oak and maple trees.

The town is of Arab origin and offers a broad range of outdoor activities, including hiking and cycling. This area is hugely popular among locals and visitors that come here to relax surrounded by nature.

Huétor Santillán has some beautiful places nearby including the Fuente de la Mora and the famous Venta del Molinillo, as well as the sources of the Río Darro and the Río Fardes. Their waters come from the same mountain range, and meet the Río Genil and Río Guadiana Menor respectively.

The origin of the name of Huétor Santillán is Arabic and also derives from the surname of its former ruler. It used to be called ‘Qaryat al-Wata’, meaning ‘farm’ or ‘village hill’ (‘huerta’ in Spanish), and it was first mentioned in the 14th century by Al-Khatib in his description of the Kingdom of Granada. The second part of the name comes from Diego de Santillán, Marquis of Guadalcázar, who apparently bought the town shortly after the Reconquista.

Since then Huétor Santillán belonged to the Marquis of Guadalcázar, in particular to the Casa Profesa de la Compañía de Jesús de la Villa y Corte de Madrid, a religious institution founded by his wife. When he died, the town passed into the hands of the Spanish state.

During the uprising of the Moors in the 16th century, the local church was burned down and destroyed. More recently, due to its excellent road connections and its proximity to Granada, it is a popular place to have a second home.

Agriculture and livestock are the basic ingredients for local dishes from Huétor Santillán. Soups and stews are delicious as are the lamb chops and beef Granadillas, partridge and fried potatoes. Cereals, vegetables and mushrooms are also frequently used in local dishes.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Granada and its surroundings
Postcode: 18183
Distance from Granada (km): 12
Number of inhabitants: 1750
People: Hueteños
Web: www.huetorsantillan.es
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Ermita de la Virgen del Pilar

Huétor Santillán

This chapel was built within the old Cortijo El Colmenar, which was donated to the Catholic Church in a legacy. On the feast of Our Lady of Pilar the inhabitants of Huétor Santillan take part in a pilgrimage to the [...]

Ermitas de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores y San Antonio de Padua

Huétor Santillán

The Ermita de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores (depicted above) is located at the entrance of the town, while the one dedicated to San Antonio de Padua is amongst the cortijos (farmers’ buildings) of the Prado Negro, in the heart [...]

Iglesia parroquial de la Encarnación

Huétor Santillán

This parish church was built by order of Diego de Santillán, Marquis of Guadalcázar. It was built in two phases, the first in the 16th century and the second in the 17th century. During Revolt of the Moriscos between 1568 [...]

Celebrations in honour of San Sebastian

Huétor Santillán

The day of the patron San Sebastian is celebrated the 20th of January with a mass and a night party. The celebration of August are in honour of the patron as well and they have contests, night parties and other [...]

San Antonio de Padua

Huétor Santillán

The villagers of the cortijo of El Molinillo pay tribute to San Antonio de Padua in June. The first day they choose the Queen of the celebrations and her court, to give way to the popular night party. The main [...]

Virgen del Pilar

Huétor Santillán

There is a romería to the hermitage of El Colmenar, where La Pilarica has been venerated for a century. Its carving is taken out in procession every year to celebrate its day. The villagers of Santillan, also devotes of this [...]

Maguibe Ocio

Huétor Santillán

Ibn al-Jatib Route

This route follows the itinerary from Murcia to Granada made by the last historian of Moorish Spain, Ibn al-Jatib, who was born in Loja in 1313 and died in Fez in 1370. It crosses beautiful landscapes in the Sierra de [...]

Virgen del Pilar

Huétor Santillán

There is a romería to the hermitage of El Colmenar, where La Pilarica has been venerated for a century. Its carving is taken out in procession every year to celebrate its day. The villagers of Santillan, also devotes of this [...]

San Antonio de Padua

Huétor Santillán

The villagers of the cortijo of El Molinillo pay tribute to San Antonio de Padua in June. The first day they choose the Queen of the celebrations and her court, to give way to the popular night party. The main [...]

Celebrations in honour of San Sebastian

Huétor Santillán

The day of the patron San Sebastian is celebrated the 20th of January with a mass and a night party. The celebration of August are in honour of the patron as well and they have contests, night parties and other [...]



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