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Armilla is located in the plains of Granada. It has a Mediterranean, mild and humid climate, with hot, dry summers and almost 3000 hours of sunshine a year. Due to its proximity to Granada, Armilla is a good base for enjoying the surrounding countryside and visiting Granada. It has an important Air Force base that includes a helicopter pilot school. Here, the Feria de Muestras is celebrated and you can also visit the old sugar cane factory Santa Juliana.

The Parque Tecnológico de Ciencias de la Salud is also based here, although the complex is still being built. This project is led by a number of public administrations and institutions in order to bring Granada and its southern region to the forefront of healthcare teaching, research and technology.

The town’s origins date back before the Roman period, but the earliest remains that can be seen today are from the Arab period. During the Caliphate era the canals were built and the town began to flourish economically. Important crops were produced here, and it was a through-route for silk merchants, lending it strategic importance in the Kingdom of Granada.

Although between the 11th and the 13th century there were many important craftsmen in Armilla, it only reached its peak the end of the 15th century. Prosperity was stifled by the wars, and Armilla was totally destroyed in the Moorish revolt. By 1574 the town had lost the majority of its population and its fields had been burned, but it was soon repopulated by settlers from Castile.

Typical dishes from Armilla include the Olla de San Anton, pumpkin ratatouille, stuffed aubergines, various soups and fried beans with ham. Dishes including local meats such as rabbit and partridges are also popular.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Granada and its surroundings
Postcode: 18100
Distance from Granada (km): 4
Number of inhabitants: 18385
People: Armilleros
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Iglesia parroquial de San Miguel Arcángel


This church, dedicated to St Michael the Archangel, was built in the 16th century, most probably on the site of a former mosque, and is an interesting historical building in Armilla. It is an excellent example of the types of [...]

Armilla Museum of Ethnography. Casa García de Viedma


This museum is located in the Casa García Viedma, which dates back to the 18th century. The family owned several houses and large amounts of land on which there were roads, barns and orchards, as well as the homes of [...]

Las Tres Cruces


The local attraction of Armilla is a series of three crosses, surrounded by an interesting legendary tale. According to the people of this village, the Tres Cruces belong to the Archdiocese. They also say that the feet of the central [...]

San Isidro Labrador


The tradition to celebrate the day of the saint from Madrid, co-patron of Armilla, goes back to the times of the repopulation of the town after the Christian conquest, when the place did not have more sources of wealth and [...]

Patron celebrations in honour of San Miguel Arcángel


The patron celebrations in honour of the Arcangel San Miguel are the most representatives of Armilla. The program of festive events contains religious, sport and cultural activities.

Celebrations of the Crosses of May


Armilla celebrates at the beginning of May, in the heat of Spring, the celebration of the crosses, in which the villager make colourful crosses decorated with flowers. The visit to these floral monuments is very interesting.


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