Rubite

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Near the Haza del Lino there is a path that leads down to Rubite, a village perched on the Sierra de la Contraviesa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is a typical town of La Alpujarra, with its intricate and steep streets and its houses blended in perfectly with their rugged terrain.

Here you can enjoy both the mountains and the sea, as the village is just 15 kilometres from the coast but other villages in the municipality extend as far as the Mediterranean Sea. Of the many interesting sights in the area two deserve a special mention, namely Casarones and El Lance, where two of the most secluded beaches of the entire region are located.

In Rubite three Almohad rain tanks, with an interesting wheel of unquestionable archaeological value, are preserved. They date back to the 12th century and are located in different parts of the town. Next to one of them is the Loma del Aljibe viewpoint, from where you can enjoy stunning views over the sea and the Sierra Nevada.

The origin of this town can be traced back to the Roman period, as its name is derived from the Latin term ‘rubus’ (meaning ‘blackberry’). However, the oldest remains found in the area date back to the Moorish period.

In the Nasrid period the village was part of the Taha de Suhayl, which was later called Pequeño Cehel. At this time its agricultural production thrived: small gardens and crops were watered by springs and specially-constructed watering systems. After the Reconquista the village was almost totally depopulated and fell under the jurisdiction of Albuñol, and was bought by Luis Zapata y Portocarrero from the queen Joanna the Mad.

In the 17th century permission was given for the land and houses in the region to be sold to farmers, though payments still went to the Conde de Cifuentes. The decline in grape production in the 19th century made almonds the principal local crop.

The area has many vineyards, and fig and almond trees. Rubite has a very varied cuisine: you can taste seafood specialties – such as the Sopa zalamandroña with herring and pumpkin – and dishes typical of the inland, such as Migas, different types of stews and goat with garlic. Good desserts include pumpkin syrup and fig bread.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Costa Tropical
Postcode: 18711
Distance from Granada (km): 81
Number of inhabitants: 488
People: Rubiteños
Web: www.rubite.es

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Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario

Rubite

The church was built in the 17th century. Inside there is a statue of the Virgin del Rosario, patron saint of Rubite, dating back to the 16th century, still wearing its original 16th century clothes.

Caserones Beach

Rubite

This small, narrow beach is made up of rocks and gravel and is located in Caserones.

El Lance Beach

Rubite

This narrow strip of dark, coarse sand runs parallel to the N-340. It offers some facilities and there are also some hotel services available. It is approximately 500 metres long and is never too busy.

Celebration of the Virgen del Rosario

Rubite

During the celebrations of the Virgen del Rosario, the 7th of October, the villagers of Rubite honour the Saint Patron with religious celebrations.

Fiestas en honor a la Virgen del Rosario

Rubite

The most popular celebrations of Rubite take place the third week of August, with a very complete program. They have cultural activities, typical games, dance and the night party, which puts together all the generations of the village.

Fiestas en honor a la Virgen del Rosario

Rubite

The most popular celebrations of Rubite take place the third week of August, with a very complete program. They have cultural activities, typical games, dance and the night party, which puts together all the generations of the village.

Celebration of the Virgen del Rosario

Rubite

During the celebrations of the Virgen del Rosario, the 7th of October, the villagers of Rubite honour the Saint Patron with religious celebrations.



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