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Cúllar is a municipality located in the north of the province of Granada and set in a lush valley, rich in fruit trees, which runs parallel to the Sierra de Orce and Las Estancias. It has mountainous terrain and is ideal for hiking, climbing and paragliding.

It has one of the most important historical monuments in the region of El Altiplano. Attractions include the archaeological site Cúllar I, one of the oldest sites in Europe; the town of Malagón, that dates to the Copper Age; an Arab military tower located next to the Ermita de la Virgen de la Cabeza (a 16th century church) and the Palacio de los Marqueses de Cadmio.

The cave dwellings are fascinating and half of the population of Cúllar live in these houses. The town also has a number of different districts.

Archaeological findings show that the area in which the municipality is located has had a human settlement since Prehistoric times. The site Cúllar I is more than 700,000 years old.

Local chronicles say that the apostle Santiago passed thorough Cúllar to preach Christianity. In 985 Almanzor camped here and since then it has been a dependency of either the Kingdom of Murcia or of Granada. In 1488 the Catholic Kings conquered the town, but shortly afterwards it was devastated by El Zagal. When it was under Christian rule it was under the jurisdiction of Baza, although after the Moorish revolt in 1568 it was almost totally unpopulated.

In 1628 it became an independent municipality, but in 1639 it fell under the rule of a family from Genoa. In 1810 Cúllar was the site of the defeat of the Spanish-British troops by the Napoleonic army. A year later, in 1811, the town finally won its independence granted by the courts of Cadiz.

The town produces cereals, almonds and olive oil. Ajo atao and Chuletillas de Cordero Segureño, a recipe made with lamb, garlic, potatoes, eggs and extra virgin olive oil, are both very popular.


Information about the Municipality

Region: El Altiplano: Baza and Huescar
Postcode: 18850
Distance from Granada (km): 127
Number of inhabitants: 4898
People: Cullarenses
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Ermita de la Virgen de la Cabeza and watchtower


This Medieval watchtower was built in the 11th century and was used to defend the town. Currently, it is used as the bell tower of the church to which it is attached, called the Ermita de la Virgen de la [...]

Iglesia de Santa María de la Anunciación


This church is dedicated to Mary of the Annunciation and was built in 1535 on the site of a former mosque. The church is Renaissance in style and is made up of three sections and a beautiful bell tower.

Palacio de los Marqueses de Cadimo


This palace was built in 1678 in late Renaissance style like so many palaces in the 17th century. Its inner courtyard with its elegant columns is particularly beautiful. It is located in the Plaza de la Constitución.

Fair of October


They are celebrated the last weekend of October. In the 50’s of the XX century it became the second cattle fair of Spain in volume of transactions. Circus, cinemas and theatres were full of people these last days of October. [...]

Celebrations in honour of San Agustin


They are celebrated the last days of August. The celebrations take place in the Square of the Constitucion where a huge amount of people congregates.

Celebrations in honour of the Virgen de la Cabeza


The Virgen de la Cabeza, whose celebration takes place the last Sunday of April, has a good fame in the county of the High Plateau. Cullar celebrates it with magnificent parades of Moors and Christians to the Levante style. The [...]


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