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Molvízar is a picturesque village at the foot of the Cerro de Jubrite, just 9 kilometres from the sea between Motril and Salobreña.

The town is typically Moorish with narrow streets, an irregular layout and steep slopes. The houses are whitewashed with roofs, and balconies full of flowers. Molvízar has won the prize twice for being the most beautiful town, because it is so well maintained.

Its famous Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos is one of the most unusual of all the festivals in the province, which has been celebrated by the locals since the end of the 19th century. The festivities are held in honour of Santa Ana on 26th July and are a spectacle of light and colour. The first part takes place from noon when the capture of the castle by the Moors is re-enacted. At 6pm the re-enactment of Christians taking back of the castle is performed.

The town’s origin goes back to Arabic times, and it was inhabited by the Moors until their expulsion and was later repopulated by Christians. It fell under the power of the Mayor of Salobreña, Diego Ramirez de Haro, and played an important role in defending against threats from pirates. The area was the scene of many skirmishes during the Revolutionary War because it refused to swear allegiance to José I. In recent years, thanks to the development of agriculture and tourism the area is becoming more and more prosperous.

Typical dishes include Longaniza, Choto with dressing, Migas and the homemade morcilla, which is made following a traditions recipe free from all additives.

Vineyards dominate the landscape of Molvízar. The microclimate, and the increasingly sophisticated winemaking techniques ensure that the local wines improve from year to year. On the 2nd May every year an important wine tasting is held to introduce the wines of the region and foreign visitors are very welcome to attend.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Costa Tropical
Postcode: 18611
Distance from Granada (km): 70
Number of inhabitants: 2795
People: Molviceños
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Iglesia parroquial de Santa Ana


This church, built in honour of Saint Anne, the patron saint of Molvízar, was erected on the orders of King Carlos III in 1785. It was designed by Ventura Rodríguez in the neoclassical style. It is rectangular in shape and [...]

Hacienda de San Francisco Javier de Molvízar or La Compañía


The Hacienda was built in the 17th century where Granada’s school of San Pablo de la Compañía de Jesús was situated. The old farmhouse was used as the headquarters for production control in the area. It also had a flourmill, [...]

Fiestas de Santa Ana


The festivities in honour of Santa Ana in Molvízar commemorate the history of the area. The violent clashes between Moors and Christians are re-enacted. The staging is colourful and atmospheric.


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