Otura

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The municipality of Otura is located halfway between the north western foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the plains, and the Valle de Lecrín. The surrounding area is mainly flat or gently hilly, ideal for agriculture. The town has both an urban and a rural feel to it.

The Suspiro del Moro, one of the most emblematic places in the province, is located here. According to legend King Boadbil, the last monarch of the Nasrid dynasty, could not stop crying when he saw Granada for the last time. It was the city where he was born and had ruled before being sent into exile after surrendering to the Catholic Monarchs.

The existence of a farmstead here during the Moorish period and during the first period after the Reconquista (15th and 16th centuries) is well documented . During this time the town supplied the city of Granada with agricultural and livestock products. However, the possible Latin origin of the town’s name seems to indicate that human settlers were here long before that.

After the Reconquista, Otura was given to the Mulleh Muhammed, one of the Nasrid diplomats who negotiated the surrender of Granada. Shortly afterwards Ferdinand gave it to the Convento Real de Santa Cruz. However, within a few years the monastery fell back into royal hands. In the 18th century, the town enjoyed a period of prosperity and expansion and the municipality was defined. Recently it has undergone considerable urban growth and has become a popular commuter town for many people who work in Granada.

Typical local dishes include local meats and Migas. Sausages from the area are excellent as is the Olla de garbanzos (chickpeas stew) and Gachas.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Granada and its surroundings
Postcode: 18630
Distance from Granada (km): 12
Number of inhabitants: 5439
People: Otureños
Web: www.ayuntamientodeotura.es
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Iglesia parroquial de la Virgen de la Aurora

Otura

This is the main architectural site in Otura. It dates back to the 16th century and is built in Mudejar style. It is situated on an elevated porch, standing out in the centre of the town.

Santa Clara Golf

Otura

This 18-hole golf course (par 72) can be played at 6049 metres from the yellow tee (par 73) or from 5599 meters from the red tee. It is located near to Granada on a large plot with many slopes and [...]

Patron celebrations in honour of the Virgen de la Aurora

Otura

In Otura, September is the month when the patron celebrations in honour of the Virgen de la Aurora take place. They stand out the figure of the Virgin with the celebration of a solemn mass, a parade and a procession. [...]

Day of the Cross

Otura

During the celebration of the Day of the Cross, the 3rd of May, the villagers of Otura decorate the village with crosses made with flowers around the entire village.



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