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The ski resort of the Sierra Nevada, the southernmost in the whole of Europe, is located in Monachil. It has more than one hundred kilometres of pistes.

The town is situated in the valley of the Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada and overlooks the plains of Granada. The Río Monachil crosses its vast territory from east to west. Its slopes are of varied heights, with the Veleta at 3394 meters above sea level and with the lowers plain at 740 meters above sea level.

The character and structure of this traditional mountain town so near to Granada have been well preserved. The diverse landscapes are of great ecological value. There are three areas: the high mountain, above 2000 meters with lagoons and meadows; the mid-mountain, a high and very diverse landscape; and the low-mountain area, with its fertile plain and variety of crops.

The range of things to do is very wide and includes skiing, snowboarding and other snow activities, as well as to hiking, biking riding, climbing and paragliding. Besides enjoying the wide range of sports and leisure activities here, the municipality has a rich tradition in crafts and culinary excellence.

Some of the most spectacular places in the Sierra Nevada are clustered around the Río Monachil such as the canyon of Los Cahorros. It is just 2 kilometres from Monachil with a landscape made up of steep cliffs, stone tunnels, a waterfall and its famous suspension bridge that is over 55 meters long. It is a very popular place amongst hikers.

Much of the indigenous flora of the Sierra Nevada can be seen in the botanical garden Jardín Botánico de La Cortijuela, where more than a hundred of the most representative plant species of the national park have been collected for research and study purposes. These include oak, rowan, hawthorn, honeysuckle, rosehip and broom. The garden is near the Monte Trevenque hill, between the Casa Forestal de La Cortijuela y the Arroyo Huenes. It is accessed along a 2-kilometre long path that starts from the Fuente del Hervidero, which will take you past places such as the Puente de los 7 Ojos.

Although its name comes from the Arab period, the area was a human settlement for several thousand years before that time, as illustrated by the Prehistoric site of Cerro de la Encina. Here archaeological remains belonging to a fortified Argaric settlement have been found, believed to date back to 1700 BC. This is one of the most important of its time, both in terms of defensive architecture and its excellent location. It was used in later times by people from different cultures. It is thought that the houses were mud huts and their graves included many burial goods. The main parts are preserved in the local archaeological museum. Interestingly, half of the bones that have been found on the site are horse bones. Evidence supporting the existence of (late) Roman and Pre-Islamic cultures settlers has also been discovered.

In the Muslim era Monachil was a farmstead called Qaryat al-Munastal. Its population worked mainly in agriculture, specifically in the cultivation of mulberry trees for the production of silk. In the 16th century the town of Monachil was founded. After the Reconquista, it was repopulated through the direct sale of the land to Castilian peasants.

The local cuisine is based on mountain village traditions. One of the most traditional dishes is the Olla of San Anton, made of dried beans, rice, chickpeas, fennel and various parts of pork (including the trotters and the tail). This is particularly good in winter. Other recipes include dishes like fried potatoes, beans with ham that is cured locally and vegetable casseroles.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Sierra Nevada
Poblaciones del municipio: Sierra Nevada
Postcode: 18196
Distance from Granada (km): 8
Number of inhabitants: 6034
People: Monachileños
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Convento de los Padres Agustinos Recoletos


This convent is located in the Monachil neighbourhood and dates back to 1912. It is dedicated to Saint Rita and was a place of pilgrimage in its day, attracting the faithful from all over the province.

Iglesia de la Encarnación


This church was built in 1501, during the transition period of the Mudejar architectural style, and is located in the Plaza Alta of Monachil. This place of worship has two façades and one tower to the left of the front [...]

Archaeological site-Cerro de la Encina


This Agaric site is located in the area of Las Huertas, where there was an important settlement consisting of a village and a fortress. Studies by the University of Granada have shown that this is one of the most important [...]

La Cortijuela Botanical Garden


The La Cortijuela Botanical Garden is one of a number of botanical and mycological gardens located in a protected natural area in Andalusia. As you wonder around this beautiful garden, you will see and find out about the many different [...]

Playful kids centre Sierra Nevada


Sierra Nevada has a nursery where you can leave the children while enjoy a day on the snow. It is a center supervised by qualified staff with over13 years of experience, where smaller can play, listen to music, make crafts [...]

Romería de la Virgen de las Nieves


The main event of this celebration is a night pilgrimage in the Sierra Nevada from Pradollano to Tajos de la Virgen, via Borreguiles. It is the highest pilgrimage in the world and is accompanied by a small image of the [...]

Fiestas de San Pedro


Son fiestas que se realizan en el barrio de San Pedro, como manifestación de un gran fervor religioso de sus vecinos. Tienen una gran acogida y participación. Se hace una romería hacia Los Molinos y en ella se reparten vasos [...]

San José


Esta festividad se celebra en el Barrio de Monachil, por ser San José el patrón de este núcleo. Su tradición es muy antigua, girando su conmemoración alrededor de la Iglesia de los Padres Agustinos Recoletos.Además de una misa y una [...]

Virgen del Rosario


Aunque la onomástica de la Virgen del Rosario es el 7 de octubre, las fiestas en su honor se celebran el último domingo de agosto en el casco urbano de Monachil, antes de iniciarse el año escolar y cuando aún [...]

San Antón


Se celebra la onomástica del patrón de Monachil, pueblo con una fiesta en clara consonancia con el carácter serrano, rural y ganadero del municipio, culminada con la degustación entre todos los asistentes de la popular olla de San Antón.Los orígenes [...]


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