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Albuñuelas is located to the left of the Río Santo gorge, on the edge of the Sierra de Almijara. Because it is so high up, you get great views of the pine and olive forests punctuated by spectacular gorges. Thanks to the great climate of this area, it offers all sorts of sports: paragliding, canyoning, cave walking and mountaineering. It has two excellent hunting areas extending over 7500 hectares. You will also come across lead, nickel and cobalt mines.

It is well worth exploring the Sierra de las Albuñuelas to see places like the Fuente del Cañuelo, just 10 kilometres from the town along the road that leads to Almuñécar. Legend has it that sometimes, when returning from a mountain walk at dusk, one encounters a strange light that is called the ‘Light of the Rambla”. It accompanies walkers to the mill at the entrance of the village.

This town celebrates the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows in August. The festivities start on the 15th with statues of the Virgin, San Sebastián and the young Virgin brought out in a procession. At night there are further celebrations and during the day games are organised. Fireworks finish off the festivities.

There are caves near the town centre that indicate that Albuñuelas was a human settlement during Prehistoric times. In the Arab era it was a flourishing town and it is said that its inhabitants resisted the Catholic Monarchs strongly during the Reconquista. The town played an important role in the history of the Moors, many of whom were against the 16th-century rebellion, although this did not prevent their expulsion.

Later, with the repopulation of the town with people from La Mancha, Albuñuelas reached its peak, illustrated by documents found in the archives and by the magnificent façades of some of the houses in town. In 1884 there was a terrible earthquake that caused 102 deaths and the destruction of 362 buildings. Even though this was long ago, some of the ravages of this natural disaster can still be seen today.

Particularly good are the homemade cheeses, goat stews, olive oil and the many local fruits and vegetables. Traditional dishes like stews, soups, migas, tortillas and delicious pastries, (including doughnuts and egg or aniseed bagels) are also very popular.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Alpujarra and Valle de Lecrín
Postcode: 18659
Distance from Granada (km): 43
Number of inhabitants: 1102
People: Albuñelenses
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Convento de los Misioneros de San Pedro de Alcántara


This house dates back to the 13th century and was recently restored to create the local Casa de Cultura.

Ermita de San Sebastián


This chapel is located in the Barrio Bajo and has a single nave. The coffered ceiling is made of carved wood. In the centre, the main altar is dominated by a shrine and an image of San Sebastián.

Iglesia de El Salvador


The church has three chapels on either side, separated by pointed arches. Doric columns support the entablature that runs along the top. The valuable Baroque altarpiece and its tabernacle are of particular interest. The first church was built in the [...]

Tio Bayo Tower


This is an old watchtower of Arab origin. It is made of stone and is a typical example of a with Nasrid farmhouse tower. It is located on the outskirts of the town and has a washing place still used [...]

Day of the Cross


Groups of villagers build crosses in the squares and they decorate them with old objects, plant pots and a lot of flowers.

Day of the hornazos


It is celebrated the Sunday of Resurrection. Groups of families and friends spend the day in the field. In the afternoon they eat the hornazo, which is a small bread with a boiled egg inside, Normally, the egg becomes a [...]

Celebrations of August


It used to be celebrated in October, but they pass it to August so the emigrants could come. It has not got a fixed date and it lasts five days. The villagers and visitors enjoy a great variety of activities. [...]

San Sebastián


Patron of Albuñuelas. They take its carving out in a parade around the streets of the village. It goes accompanied by a music band and by bangers and at the end there are some fireworks in its honour.

Patron celebrations in honour of the Virgen de las Angustias


The first day of celebrations they have the election of the Queen and Mister and her corresponding maids. During the rest of the celebrations they have many activities such as the sack races or of bikes. There is a night [...]


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