Vegas del Genil

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Vegas de Genil is located in the metropolitan area of Granada, in a floodplain just west of the capital. The town is defined by the traditional irrigation system inherited from the Andalusian era, with the main canals feeding the many smaller irrigation channels branching off it to supply the area’s arable land. There are also a number of tobacco drying facilities dotted around this area. This town has one of the most bucolic landscapes of the province.

On 23rd January 1976 the town, together with Ambroz, Belicena and Purchil, was officially established as an independent municipality. Despite its recent creation, Vegas del Genil is a place which settlers (including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans) have occupied for many centuries. The Romans made Vegas del Genil into one of the typical agricultural towns that supplied the main town of Granada with food.

Belicena was first called ‘Bellicium’, which means ‘the place of the battle’, and was one of the first towns with a stable population in the area, although no archaeological evidence has been found to support this idea. In the Arab period it became farmstead or a series of hamlets. After the Reconquista, Belicena was repopulated with Christians, whilst the Moorish population remained in Ambroz and Purchil. However, after the expulsion of the Moors, the three towns were repopulated with settlers from Andalucía, Madrid and Zamora and the land was distributed by lots. The town that we know today is the result of several farmhouses and hamlets merging in the 18th century.

Asparagus, Gachas picantes and the Olla de San Antón are typical dishes served in Vegas del Genil. Other traditional recipes include stuffed peppers and rabbit with lemon.

Typical local pastries include doughnuts, Huevos moles y en gloria, Leche frita and Flores en dulce.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Granada and its surroundings
Poblaciones del municipio: Purchil, Ambroz, Belicena
Postcode: 18101
Distance from Granada (km): 12
Number of inhabitants: 5795
People: Vegueños, purchileños, ambroleños y belicineros
Web: www.vegasdelgenil.es

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Iglesia parroquial de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

Vegas del Genil

From the towers of this fairly recently built church you can enjoy the fabulous views of Vega de Granada.

Cortijo de San Antón

Vegas del Genil

The Cortijo de San Antón is of Moorish origin and was used as a farmhouse and a residential house. In the garden there is a small memorial stone dedicated to a local personage. The two rain tanks and two wells [...]

Puente del Francés

Vegas del Genil

This structure dates back to the time of the invasion of Spain by the French in the late 18th century. It is located on the edge of the town of Granada and has a segmental arch.

Celebrations of the merendica (Ambroz and Purchil)

Vegas del Genil

In Ambroz and Purchil is celebrated the so called Jueves Lardero, which is the Thursday before the Lent. It is a day to spend in the field. It is a millennial tradition that in some areas it is remembered as [...]

Celebrations of the merendica (Ambroz and Purchil)

Vegas del Genil

In Ambroz and Purchil is celebrated the so called Jueves Lardero, which is the Thursday before the Lent. It is a day to spend in the field. It is a millennial tradition that in some areas it is remembered as [...]



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