Marchal

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Marchal is located in Hoya de Guadix, in a fertile plain watered by the rivers that descend from the northern slope of the Sierra Nevada, the nearby natural park. This little town has some spectacular scenery that is set against the backdrop of snowy peaks. It is a unique town with numerous cave dwellings.

The town is of mediaeval origin and was known for centuries as El Marchal. The many interesting historical buildings of the town are worth visiting including the Iglesia Parroquial de Nuestra Señora de la Anunciación, the Palacio de los Gallardo or the Casa Rosa. You can also rent a house or stay the night in one of the many cave dwellings that have been set up as tourist accommodation.

This area formed part of the estates of the Gallardo family, who also had a number of other important lands in their jurisdiction including Purullena. It used to be the former municipal capital. It lost the ‘El’ in front of its name, a decision that coincided with the division of the land that ended the feudal system of estates.

Many archaeological remains have been found dating back to Prehistoric civilizations. In the middle ages, under Arab rule, the place used to be a farmstead. For many centuries it suffered in the armed conflicts until the Reconquista in the late 15th century when the Christians took it. It is believed that after the expulsion of the Moors, some managed to secretly return to the town and live in the cave dwellings.

Many fruits and vegetables, cereals, almonds and olives are all popular ingredients in Marchal. A lot of wine is produced locally, and is always enjoyed with the local foods.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Guadix and El Marquesado
Postcode: 18516
Distance from Granada (km): 55
Number of inhabitants: 404
People: Marchaleros
Web: www.marchal.es

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Palacio de los Gallardo – Casa Rosa

Marchal

This 19th-century building perfectly follows the Central European architectural standards. It is built on a hill in the centre of town and is easily recognisable for its pink exterior and its pointed tower covered with a slate roof. It is [...]

Cárcavas de Marchal Natural Monument

Marchal

These beautiful solid clay formations were produced by the erosive action of water. Over the centuries, settlers dug caves out of these rocks to use as their homes.

San Bonifacio

Marchal

The day before there is a parade in honour of the patron, San Bonifacio, followed by fireworks. The 5th they celebrate several events in the town: mass and parade, popular meal and other celebrations as the performance of the music [...]

San Marcos

Marchal

There is a mass and later there is a parade to the San Marcos Hill. From there they blessed the fertile plain of the Marchal and when they go back to the church they distribute rolls among the participants.

San Marcos

Marchal

There is a mass and later there is a parade to the San Marcos Hill. From there they blessed the fertile plain of the Marchal and when they go back to the church they distribute rolls among the participants.

San Bonifacio

Marchal

The day before there is a parade in honour of the patron, San Bonifacio, followed by fireworks. The 5th they celebrate several events in the town: mass and parade, popular meal and other celebrations as the performance of the music [...]



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