Sorvilán

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The municipality of Sorvilánextends steeply down to the Mediterranean Sea from the Sierra de la Contraviesa, which is 1,000 metres above sea level. The mountain range maintains this altitude across its entire length.

When you visit this area you will be constantly stunned by the amazing landscape, with its many ravines, hills, streams and beaches. The lost villages and farmhouses, white dots against the backdrop of the blue sea, green meadows and russet mountains, are all worth seeing.

There are many ancient oak trees around here, which are remnants of a great forest that used to grow in the area. The town of Alfornón used to be part of the municipality until a few decades ago. Los Yesos is the second largest village in the municipality and Melicena is the third largest. The latter is one of the few places along the Spanish Mediterranean coast where the word ‘peace’ has not yet lost its meaning.

Sorvilán is an area that is clearly of Islamic origin and from the very beginning of its existence it was characterised by its flourishing agricultural industry. In the 8th and 9th centuries an efficient irrigation system was developed for its vineyards, which was later improved by the Moors and also by the Christian settlers after the Reconquista.

In the 14th century it became part of the Taha del Gran Zehel until the lands were ceded to Boabdil, the last Moorish king of Granada. Its location was hugely advantageous, and because it was built on a hill, it was generally spared from attacks by pirates in the 17th century. Wine production has been the driver of the local economy for many years. Today subtropical crops are increasingly being produced here, and the town is becoming a more popular tourist area, especially along the coast.

In Sorvilán you will see vines, almond trees, tomatoes, watermelons, squash, aubergines and melons. You can enjoy the typical dishes of La Alpujarra, such as Migas, Gachas and many different kinds of fish dishes. The most famous dessert is the Cuajado de almendras.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Costa Tropical
Poblaciones del municipio: Melicena
Postcode: 18713
Distance from Granada (km): 92
Number of inhabitants: 701
People: Sorvilaneros
Web: www.sorvilan.es

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Iglesia parroquial de San Cayetano

Sorvilán

The church was built in the 17th century on the site of a mosque. It was known as the Iglesia de San Marcos up until the 19th century.

Las Cañas Beach

Sorvilán

This secluded beach is next to the Playa de Melicena and is fairly popular with visitors. It is 600 metres long and 20 metres wide. It has a mixture of sand and gravel.

Los Yesos Beach

Sorvilán

This small strip of sand is about 60 metres long and 10 metres wide. It runs parallel to the N-340 leading up to the small town of Los Yesos. It is usually quite empty.

Celebration of the Virgen del Carmen

Sorvilán

The population centres of Los Yesos and Melicena honour the Virgen del Carmen with a marine procession and other religious acts. At night, both places live the music and the dance through the night party.

Celebrations in honour of San Roque

Sorvilán

Patron of the pedania of Alfornon, in honour of San Roque they celebrate a parade as well as a night party and recreational, sport and cultural activities.

Day of the Rosca

Sorvilán

It is celebrated in the pedania of Alfornon. The members of the commission of the celebrations go around the village with a roll of bread hanging from a cane. They sing and dance until dawn.

Patron celebrations in honour of San Cayetano

Sorvilán

Patron of Sorvilan. They have night parties, cultural and sport activities, tasting of migas and exhibitions about the traditional culture of the area. Parade of San Cayetano.

Romería of San Marcos

Sorvilán

As in many other villages of Granada, Sorvilan honours San Marcos with a romeria in the field, where the participants spend the day together, tasting the popular hornazos, homemade buns with a boiled egg inside.

Patron celebrations in honour of San Cayetano

Sorvilán

Patron of Sorvilan. They have night parties, cultural and sport activities, tasting of migas and exhibitions about the traditional culture of the area. Parade of San Cayetano.

Day of the Rosca

Sorvilán

It is celebrated in the pedania of Alfornon. The members of the commission of the celebrations go around the village with a roll of bread hanging from a cane. They sing and dance until dawn.

Celebrations in honour of San Roque

Sorvilán

Patron of the pedania of Alfornon, in honour of San Roque they celebrate a parade as well as a night party and recreational, sport and cultural activities.

Stewed of the Choto

Sorvilán

This gastronomic contest is celebrated the second Saturday of May. Using the gastronomy wealth of the county and the tradition in the preparation of the choto, the Sorvilan City Council organizes every year this peculiar contest. Chefs coming from the [...]

San Anton or Los Chiscos

Sorvilán

They are celebrated in Sorvilan and in its anejo Alfornon. The villagers lit fires at dusk, taste the products of the slaughter of the pig and the new wines.

Romería of San Marcos

Sorvilán

As in many other villages of Granada, Sorvilan honours San Marcos with a romeria in the field, where the participants spend the day together, tasting the popular hornazos, homemade buns with a boiled egg inside.

Celebration of the Virgen del Carmen

Sorvilán

The population centres of Los Yesos and Melicena honour the Virgen del Carmen with a marine procession and other religious acts. At night, both places live the music and the dance through the night party.



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