Otívar

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This town is located in the south western corner of the province of Granada, at the foot of the Sierra de Cázulas and the Sierra de Almijara. The Río River runs through the valley watering the surrounding land, Jete and Almuñécar. The terrain, with its steep slopes and deep ravines creates a fascinating landscape, and one that is ideal for practising adventure sports like rock climbing and hiking.

The Sierra de Almijara, the Sierra de Alhama and the Sierra de Tejeda, are all part of a Natural Park that borders on the Maro-Cerro Gordo cliffs, one of the best places along the Andalusian coast for scuba diving.

The historical monuments in the town are also very interesting. Particular highlights are the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción and the Finca de Cázulas. The town centre has kept all of its original buildings and is almost untouched by modern architecture.

Otívar, with its narrow steep streets, is of Arabic origin, typical of the La Alpujarra region and the Costa Tropical.

The town probably developed here as its lies on the fish-trade route from Almuñécar to Granada. Todays Calle Venta was a resting spot used by passing merchants and Calle Cargadero was where they unloaded their goods. It is believed that the town’s name comes from the Basque word Otívar, like Otura.

The inhabitants mainly used to work in the surrounding mountains, working with wood, coal or raising goats. Later they planted subtropical crops and today most of the local population works in this industry. Another important economic driver is construction and tourism.

The most prominent local historical figure is Don Juan Fernandez Cañas, nicknamed ‘Tio Caridad’. He was the mayor of Otívar, who stood up to the Napoleonic troops and became famous in the War of Independence.

Otivar produces many subtropical fruits, which are very popular amongst locals. Beekeeping is very developed in the area. Honey thyme and rosemary are frequently added to dishes, and avocado is used a lot too. A wide variety of meats is used in typical dishes.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Costa Tropical
Postcode: 18698
Distance from Granada (km): 60
Number of inhabitants: 1109
People: Otiveños
Web: www.otivar.es
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Iglesia parroquial de San José

Otívar

This church was built in the 16th century and still maintains its Mudejar framework. The walls of the church are decorated with scenes from the Stations of the Cross.

Manor house of Cazulas or Casa de la Marquesa

Otívar

This villa dates back to Arab times. It used to be a farm and then a stately home. Now it is a bed and breakfast.

Popular celebrations in honour of the Purisima Concepcion

Otívar

Popular celebrations where religious ceremonies, sports competitions, games for kids and adults, meals for the entire town, corridas of bulls and night parties take place.

San Juan Night

Otívar

The magic night of San Juan is always an excuse to have a popular celebration in Otivar, with night party included.

Canyoning in Río Verde

Río Verde is the best place to go canyoning in the province of Granada. Here you will enjoy the river’s crystal clear, emerald green and steadily flowing waters in a beautifully sunny area. The river runs through the NaturalPark of [...]

San Juan Night

Otívar

The magic night of San Juan is always an excuse to have a popular celebration in Otivar, with night party included.

Popular celebrations in honour of the Purisima Concepcion

Otívar

Popular celebrations where religious ceremonies, sports competitions, games for kids and adults, meals for the entire town, corridas of bulls and night parties take place.



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