Lanjarón

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Lanjarón is also known simply as the spa town. Pedro Antonio de Alarcón described it as ‘a poet’s dream’, describing the beauty of its white houses on the slope of the Cerro del Caballo, on the southern side of the Sierra Nevada.  This spectacular view inspired the write to write: “Stop and pay attention! Drop your pens and pick up your brushes…” In fact, this phrase can be seen on the pillar by the Fuente de las Adelfas commemorating the visit of the author to the area.

The Mirador de la Cañona is nearby. The viewpoint (that literally means canon viewpoint) is named after the fact that many pieces of artillery used during the War of Independence against the French troops were found here. This a stunning place to take in the beauty of the town and the medieval castle, whose ruins dominate the steep valley of the Río Lanjarón.

The town has enough to see to make a visit worthwhile at any time of the year. It has good hotels and restaurants, a neighbourhood with traditional architecture of La Alpujarra, beautiful gardens and leafy forest walks, a long main street with stalls where you can buy traditional pieces of handmade pottery and wickerwork.

But Lanjarón is most famous for its spa – the most popular one in the whole of  Andalucia. It is said that the waters can help alleviate ailments such as rheumatism and arthritis, as well as liver and kidney problems.

The World Health Organization has recognized Lanjarón with the highest life expectancy in the world. It is precisely the quality of its waters and the fantastic climate of the area, together with the pure mountain air and the Mediterranean diet which ensures that many locals live for more than one hundred years.

The local festival of San Juan nicknames the water and ham festival is spectacular. It begins with ‘La Publica’ when everyone dresses up and finishes with a massive water fight.

According to its name, Lanjarón probably dates back to even before the Roman era. Its name in the local pre-Roman local language means “place abundant in water”.

During the Arab rule the town became increasingly important due to its strategic location as a natural gateway to La Alpujarra. It also played an important role during the Alhamares dynasty in the first half of the 13th century.

King Ferdinand took the town in 1490, but in 1500 its Moorish inhabitants revolted. The uprising was supressed by the Christians despite the determination of the Moors. The leader of the rebels jumped off a tower to his death so that he would not have to surrender to the Christians.

The town participated in the fight against Napoleon’s troops in the War of Independence, so much so that the locals were nicknamed cañoneros (gunners).

The highlight of the area is, of course, the waters. They are bottled and sold throughout Spain. The town has some famous pork products including ham and cured meat. Some other local specialities include almond soup, chestnut and fennel soup, ribs with pumpkin and mushrooms, chicken in sauce or rabbit served with rice.

One of its more peculiar traditions is to eat hot chocolate with buñuelos and a glass of anise. The local chestnut cake, custard cakes with nuts and the dried fig cakes are also delicious and worth trying.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Alpujarra and Valle de Lecrín
Postcode: 18420
Distance from Granada (km): 49
Number of inhabitants: 3756
People: Lanjaronenses o cañoneros.
Web: lanjanet.com
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Mudejar Church of la Encarnación

Lanjarón

This church was built on the site of an old mosque. It was destroyed by fire in the Moorish revolts, and had to be rebuilt. It has a Mudejar ceiling hihglighting its Arab origin. In the 19th century the present-day [...]

Lanjarón Museum of Water

Lanjarón

The exhibition is distributed across three rooms with audio-visual contents covering different water-related topics: water’s path, water’s resources and water’s memories. There is a fourth space on the outdoor patio built entirely of wood that allows the visitor to enjoy [...]

Museum of honey

Lanjarón

This museum is the Centre for Beekeeping and for Biodiversity and Conservation. It is located on the farm belonging to Berta Wilhelmi, at the entrance of the town of Lanjarón. It covers about 18,000 square metres where visitors can enjoy [...]

Remains of the Lanjaron moorish castle

Lanjarón

Only the ruins of this castle remain. It is built on a rocky promontory overlooking the town and located at about 300 metres above sea level, on a steep slope that is difficult to access. Its location was superb, because [...]

Celebration of the Parva

Lanjarón

This celebration takes place at the end of July or beginning of August. The celebrate the old task made by the farmers of the area. The work of the parva consists on extract the wheat from the straw, helped by [...]

Day of the Cross

Lanjarón

This day many people dresses with the typical clothes or of faralaes and they go in romeria to the Tajo de la Cruz, at the exit of the village, on the road that goes to Orgiva. Everybody has a hornazo, [...]

Fiestas del Agua y del Jamón (Noche de San Juan)

Lanjarón

Fire and water, symbols of the sun and sea, are the main protagonists of this event. The celebration is in honour of San Juan but also has become a celebration of water, which is used to make other important local [...]

Patron celebrations of San Sebastian

Lanjarón

The day before the patron celebrations of Lanjaron they celebrated what is called the Alborá, during which a group of musicians go around the streets of the village stopping in front of the numerous niches with holy carvings that you [...]

San Marcos

Lanjarón

The animals are taken in parade by their owners and they receive a blessed roll at the end. It is said that this roll protects the domestic animals and pets. This is a very popular act, in amount of people [...]

Patron celebrations of San Sebastian

Lanjarón

The day before the patron celebrations of Lanjaron they celebrated what is called the Alborá, during which a group of musicians go around the streets of the village stopping in front of the numerous niches with holy carvings that you [...]

Day of the Cross

Lanjarón

This day many people dresses with the typical clothes or of faralaes and they go in romeria to the Tajo de la Cruz, at the exit of the village, on the road that goes to Orgiva. Everybody has a hornazo, [...]

Celebration of the Parva

Lanjarón

This celebration takes place at the end of July or beginning of August. The celebrate the old task made by the farmers of the area. The work of the parva consists on extract the wheat from the straw, helped by [...]

The Castañada

Lanjarón

The 1st of November, although this date can vary, it takes places the Castañada, at night in the City Council Square. They roast chestnuts of the region accompanied of anisette and the gachas of the saints. They also have a [...]

Fiestas del Agua y del Jamón (Noche de San Juan)

Lanjarón

Fire and water, symbols of the sun and sea, are the main protagonists of this event. The celebration is in honour of San Juan but also has become a celebration of water, which is used to make other important local [...]



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