Benalúa de las Villas

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This municipality is on the western edge of the Hoya de Guadix. It is located at the foot of a small hill near the Río de las Juntas, which crosses from Campotéjar and flows towards Colomera. Its landscape includes mountains, meadows, rivers and valleys. The town is very beautiful and the archaeological remains of an Iberian settlement are very interesting.

Archaeological finds suggest that the area was inhabited by the Iberian people. Traces of Roman settlements have also been found, including coins and a bust of Emperor Trajan. During Arab times the town became very important as it was strategically located between the kingdoms of Granada and Jaen. It was conquered by the Christians in 1486 and was the site of many local skirmishes.

Later it was given to the Fernán Sancho del Canaveral. He established the post of mayor of Benalúa and held one of the most significant aristocratic titles in the history of the province, the counts of Benalúa. In the early 20th century one illustrious member of the family, the Duke of San Pedro Galatino, created some of Granada’s most interesting structures in terms of architecture and engineering, such as the Alhambra Palace hotel, the Sierra Nevada tram (now defunct) and the Carretera al Pico Veleta.

For some years Benalúa de las Villas suffered a massive decrease in population until settlers from other parts of the kingdom migrated here.

Benalúa de las Villas produces cereals and olive oil. The local cherries are fantastic and the locals make some delicious cherry preserve so that they can be enjoyed all year round. The Christmas doughnuts are delicious. The local Migas and Morcilla (black pudding) are also very popular.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Poniente Granadino
Postcode: 18564
Distance from Granada (km): 36
Number of inhabitants: 1319
People: Benalueños
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Iglesia parroquial de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación

Benalúa de las Villas

This church is dedicated to our Lady of the Incarnation. It was built in the mid-20th century on the site of an older church.

Cerro del Cántaro archaeological site

Benalúa de las Villas

It is an archaeological site located in the Cerro del Cantaro, about two kilometres away from the town centre. In this place they have appeared rests of Iberian time. Rest of mills and farming tools have been discovered. From the [...]

Celebrations in honour of San Sebastian

Benalúa de las Villas

Although the official celebration of the Saint still has a religious character in the liturgical events of the 20th of January, since a few years ago the popular celebrations have been moved to the last weekend of August. The celebrations [...]


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