Píñar

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The main local attraction is the Cueva de las Ventanas, the only cave of its kind in the province of Granada. It is perfectly equipped to welcome tourists and also has full access for the disabled.

In the town there exist other caves, but they are not as easily visited. Many of them were used to be lived in during Prehistoric times. The Cueva de Meye, the Cueva de los Confites and the Cueva de Carigüela are all worth a visit. In the latter anthropological remains from the Neanderthal period were discovered, making it one of the most important archaeological sites in southern Spain, an area continually occupied for 125,000 years.

Piñar, with its castle on a mountain range as the motif for its local flag, has an interesting history. The olive and almond trees enhance the colourful landscape.

The name Piñar may come from the shape of the majestic silhouette of its medieval castle that stands on the isolated peak, whose long walls and high towers are visible from far away.

The municipality of Piñar has been a human settlement ever since ancient times, at least as far back as the mid-Palaeolithic and Neolithic period. This is demonstrated by the many archaeological remains discovered here, and by the caves in the area. The town was also inhabited in the Copper and Bronze Ages and later by the Iberians and Romans. The Togado of Periate, a bronze sculpture depicting the emperor Claudius II, dating back to the same period, was also discovered here.

During the Islamic period a fortress (now officially declared a National Monument) was built here. The town fell to the Catholic Monarchs, shortly before Granada suffered the same fate, and the governor of the time, Sidi al Mandari fled to Tetouan in North Africa, a city that is now twinned with Piñar. After the expulsion of the Moors it underwent a period of decline. Today with the fantastic tourist attraction of the Cuevas de las Ventanas, the town is flourishing.

The area is famous for its grilled meats. You can try the Migas cortijeras, Cordero a la campesina, Andrajos con liebre, Sopa de panecillos, Choto al ajillo, Gachas picantes and Manitas de cerdo.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Guadix and El Marquesado
Postcode: 18568
Distance from Granada (km): 45
Number of inhabitants: 1368
People: Piñeros
Web: www.ayuntamientopinar.es
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Excursions

Iglesia de San Pedro Apóstol

Píñar

This church was built in the 16th century. It has a single nave and a coffered Mudejar ceiling that is of considerable artistic value.

Cueva de Las Ventanas Natural Monument

Píñar

This is the only cave in the province of Granada that is open to the public and the main attraction in Píñar. It has access for the disabled.

Medieval castle

Píñar

This castle on the hill, built in the Caliphate period (9th and 10th centuries), dominates the town. It was renovated in the Nasrid period (13th century). It is about 3,000 m² and it has eleven towers, which were built along [...]

Celebrations of the Emigrant

Píñar

The celebration of the Emigrant gets together all the villagers who left the village to work abroad, but that go back to Piñar for their holidays. The villagers participate in different sport acts, popular games and they dance in the [...]

Patron celebrations in honour of Santa Mónica

Píñar

The patron celebrations to honoured Santa Monica take place in Piñar in May. During the celebrations, the villagers organize religious and recreational activities.

Nasrids route

This Route is dedicated precisely to the protagonists of that important chapter, to the Nasrid Dynasty, which created and headed the last state of al-Andalus, and whose trajectory encompassed, uncountable events of a political or bellicose order apart, artistic and [...]

Celebrations of the Emigrant

Píñar

The celebration of the Emigrant gets together all the villagers who left the village to work abroad, but that go back to Piñar for their holidays. The villagers participate in different sport acts, popular games and they dance in the [...]

Patron celebrations in honour of Santa Mónica

Píñar

The patron celebrations to honoured Santa Monica take place in Piñar in May. During the celebrations, the villagers organize religious and recreational activities.



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