Vélez de Benaudalla

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Located on the left bank of the Río Guadalfeo, at the foot of Los Guájares and the Sierra de Lújar, Vélez de Benaudalla is set in beautiful natural surroundings. We highly recommend exploring the valley of the Río de la Toba, which separates the Sierra de Chaparral from Los Guájares. We also recommend a visit to the Garganta de los Vados, in the gorge of the Río Guadalfeo, a great place for rock climbing. At weekends experienced climbers gather here to practise. The beaches of the Costa Tropical are just 10 minutes away by car.

Vélez de Benaudalla also has a rich historical and architectural offering. You can see the remains of an old mosque in the town centre, as well as an excellently preserved fortress built by the Catholic Monarchs. The leafy Jardín Nazarí and the Iglesia Parroquial de Nuestra Señora del Rosario are also worth seeing. The Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos – one of the most popular and spectacular local festivals in the region – is celebrated here.

This town is first mentioned in Arabic sources in the context of the 9th-century Moorish revolt and the Battle of Vélez. At this time it was part of a wider territorial area that included Salobreña, and was made up of farms and farmsteads around the Río de la Toba. It was in one of these farmhouses, the one now known as the Cortijo de Bernadilla, that burial remains of this period have been found.

In 1494 it was given to Don Juan de Ulloa, son of the mayor of Almuñécar Rodrigo de Ulloa, together with the farmhouse of Guájar Fondón. After the expulsion of the Moors it was repopulated in the 16th century. More recently, its economic driver has been the production of tropical fruits, vegetables and flowers.

The pastries in this town, which originally come from the Arab cuisine, are very good, in particular the doughnuts and the Roscos. The area also produces excellent vegetables and fruits. Try the local casseroles and local fish dishes.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Costa Tropical
Postcode: 18670
Distance from Granada (km): 57
Number of inhabitants: 2803
People: Veleños
Web: www.velezbenaudalla.org
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Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario

Vélez de Benaudalla

This church was built in the 18th century on the site of another church dedicated to Saint Antonio, the patron of the town. It was designed by Ventura Rodríguez, who drew upon neoclassic inspiration that was very popular at that [...]

Tower in Vélez de Benaudalla

Vélez de Benaudalla

This structure was built in the late 15th century after the capture of the city by the Catholic Kings to maintain control of the region and to monitor the route from Granada to the coast near Lanjarón. The tower is [...]

Museum of the olive oil

Vélez de Benaudalla

The Museum of Olive Oil aims to promote the culture and knowledge of the food of Andalucía, especially of olive oil. The museum is made up of several rooms, each with a different focus including oil production and machinery, history, [...]

Nasrid Garden

Vélez de Benaudalla

Known as the ‘Generalife Chico’, this is an exceptional example of a Moorish garden and a great viewpoint over the Guadalfeo valley. The garden is set out in stepped terraces, which are connected by paths. Amongst the varied plant species [...]

Fiestas patronales en honor a San Antonio de Padua (Moros y Cristianos)

Vélez de Benaudalla

One of the many festive events in this town is the magnificent re-enactment of the battle between the Moors and Christians. It starts in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and continues up to the 15th-century tower. Usually two battles take place, [...]

Romeria of Santa Ana

Vélez de Benaudalla

This romeria takes place on the lot next to the Guadalfeo river, under the hanging bridge. On Saturday night they celebrate a night party. On Sunday, day of coexistence between villagers and visitors, they have a migas contest and popular [...]

Entre Montañas

Vélez de Benaudalla

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Vélez de Benaudalla

Fiestas patronales en honor a San Antonio de Padua (Moros y Cristianos)

Vélez de Benaudalla

One of the many festive events in this town is the magnificent re-enactment of the battle between the Moors and Christians. It starts in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and continues up to the 15th-century tower. Usually two battles take place, [...]

Romeria of Santa Ana

Vélez de Benaudalla

This romeria takes place on the lot next to the Guadalfeo river, under the hanging bridge. On Saturday night they celebrate a night party. On Sunday, day of coexistence between villagers and visitors, they have a migas contest and popular [...]



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