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This municipality is located on the right bank of the Río Cacín, which in its descent from the Pantano de los Bermejales forms one of the most interesting fluvial gorges of the Penibética mountain range. It is part of the northern slope of the Sierra Tejeda, on a great mass of reddish-brown stone surrounded by vineyards, yew and pine forests. Cacín is a small, quiet village where you can enjoy nature just 25 minutes from Granada.

The Geographic Dictionary of Madoz says that the foundation of Cacín, like the next-door El Turro, “dates back to the last century,” referring to the 18th century. Nevertheless, there is evidence that points to the existence of the presence of a population in medieval times. The town’s name comes from Abul Kasim, meaning “distinguished and influential people.”

Its history has been traced back to Muslim times and linked to Alhama of Granada. It was re-conquered by the Catholic Kings in 1492. In the 19th century it suffered under Napoleonic troops during the French invasion. In 1836 it was acquired by a resident of the city of Alhama as national property. In 1884 the earthquake that devastated the region destroyed much of the town.

Cacín produces cereals, vegetables and fruits. It has a strong culinary tradition and in the August holidays people take to the fields to eat their ‘Merendicas’ (based crumbs, rice and homemade sausages). The Río Cacín provides excellent fish, and the local dish of baked trout is delicious.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Poniente Granadino
Postcode: 18129
Distance from Granada (km): 39
Number of inhabitants: 697
People: Cacileños
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