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Murtas is located at the foot of the Cerrajón, the most interesting tourist attraction of the town. It is located 1508 meters above sea level and is the highest peak of La Contraviesa and one of the best places to see across the whole region. From here you can see the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean coast.

There are two caves in Cerrajón: La Gotera on the northern face, and La Vieja on the south side, near the source of the Río Inotes, which supplies drinking water to the municipality. Behind the Venta del Chaleco there is another cave in the Cerro del Minchal.

The locals are fond of their traditional ballads, a musical tradition that spreads across most of La Alpujarra. The ballads are stanzas of five-lined limericks,  normally sung accompanied by string instruments. The lyrics are usually scathing and sarcastic, and often improvised. The performers answer each other in verse quickly, and performances can often be enjoyed at local festivals and competitions.

The name of the town comes from the Arab word for myrtle. Here axes and other tools from the Bronze Age have been excavated, as this has been a site for human settlements ever since the Neolithic Age.

During the Moorish period, Murtas fell under the jurisdiction of Sahill. After the Reconquista the Moorish population resisted the Christian pressure, and organised an uprising under the leadership of Aben Humeya. This revolt led to the expulsion of the Moors and the subsequent depopulation of the area. Christians from Castile, Galicia and Asturias later repopulated the lands. In the 19th century the local wine and silk industry let the town flourish.

Some of the most delicious pastries in Granada are made in the local cooperative in Murtas. In addition to traditional Arab pastries, such as Soplillos and Cuajados, the cooperative also makes almond cheese.

The local winemaking industry is headed by the Bodegas Cuatro Vientos, one of the few quality wines produced in the province and one of the most delicious dishes is the Conejo al colorín.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Alpujarra and Valle de Lecrín
Postcode: 18490
Distance from Granada (km): 118
Number of inhabitants: 741
People: Murteños
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Ermita de la Santa Cruz


This chapel was built in the 19th century and marks the entrance to the town centre.

Iglesia parroquial de San Miguel


This Neoclassical church was built in the 18th century. It has three large naves and is beautifully decorated in red marble. It is one of the most interesting religious monuments in La Alpujarra.

Remains of the Castillo de Juliana


Located on a prominent rocky path to Cojáyar, these remains of the Castillo de Juliana underline the importance of the main form of defence of this area. The castle is named after Count Julian, Florinda’s father, whom medieval historians believe [...]

Celebration of San Miguel Archangel


At the end of September they celebrate the patron celebrations that include the traditional tasting of migas.

Celebration of San Fernando


In the anejo of Mecina Tedel, the celebrations are the first week of July and they are dedicated to its patron San Fernando, which the villagers take out in procession.

Celebrations of the Santa Cruz


In the celebrations of the Santa Cruz they perform Moors and Christians in Murtas. This performance is different from the typical of other places and it has a original touch. It is celebrated the 3rd along the mountainous way that [...]


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