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Located on the northern edge of the Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada, Albuñán is a cosy little village surrounded by beautiful landscapes. On the last Sunday of May the Festival of Flowers is celebrated during which girls of marriageable age pick flowers and bring wine to dine with brides-to-be, singing and dancing in their honour. In June the Muestra de Etnografía takes place, recreating an early-20th-century market, with farmers and ranchers dressed in period costume and with local produce on offer. Songs and dances are also performed.

The Albuñán is recorded in the municipal archives of Guadix. The place-name (al-Bunyan) means “the building” in Arabic. However, we do not know to what this might refer. Although it has not been possible to find out the exact time of the town’s foundation, it is known that it is of medieval Moorish origin.

Like many other towns in Granada, Albuñán’s urban core began to grow after the expulsion of the Moors in the 16th century; thereafter settlers from different parts of Spain came here to take their lands. Originally, Albuñán was an old Arab farmstead, where families lived and worked growing cereals and grains. According to the chronicles of the Marques de la Ensenada the town also had a small fortress of which no remains can be seen today. After the Reconquista Albuñán became part of the Diocese of Guadix.

Albuñán produces its own excellent cereals and vegetables. A delicious local dish is aubergine pie.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Guadix and El Marquesado
Postcode: 18518
Distance from Granada (km): 66
Number of inhabitants: 462
People: Albuñaneros
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Iglesia de la Anunciación


Built in the 16th century, this church is in the shape of a Latin cross. It has a single nave and a coffered ceiling decorated with geometric elements. On either side there are two chapels that open up through arches. [...]

Abuñán Museum of Ethnology


The Museo Etnológico de Albuñán explains the history and traditions of the village by exhibiting artefacts of day-to-day life.

Jérez del Marquesado – Postero Alto

The district of El Marquesado del Zenete, important for its history and its natural beauty, includes ten municipalities and attracts visitors due to its abundance and variety of sights. This area reaches from the slopes of Sierra Nevada to the plateau extending at the foot of the mountain range.

San Francisco de Asís


These patron celebrations have a bigger religious character than the ones celebrated in August, with parades that go around the village. They celebrate as well night parties and other recreational and cultural activities.

San Antón


Religious celebration in honour of San Anton. It is a custom in this date to light the famous chiscos of San Anton, bonfires around which the people dance and eat.


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