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Dólar is located about 1,200 metres above sea level, with its houses surrounding the foot of a hill that is topped by the remains of an old medieval castle. Its name may come from the word ‘dolaria’, referring to the abundance of wood, which makes sense as the town is surrounded by many trees.

The fortress that presided over the town was built in the Nasrid period on the site of a former settlement. Two rectangular structures, made of mud walls, and other parts of the building are still standing today, as are the remains of three other towers and a pond. It is worth climbing the hill, as the views from the top are breath-taking.

The municipality falls in to the Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada, so it is the ideal place to go on long walks and hikes. You can also go horse riding and cycling and enjoy the stunning natural surroundings.

Dólar is referred to as a fortified place in various documents dating back to the 12th century. However, it seems to be even older than that, as remains dating back to the Roman period and the Visigoth era were found here at the time of the Reconquista.

Little is known about the origin of the town. During the Arab period its mineral resources were successfully mined and became the main source of income for its inhabitants. After the Reconquista, the town became part of the Marquesado de Rodrigo de Mendoza. Like other villages in the region, the population plummeted after the expulsion of the Moors and the revolt of 1568-1571. Later it was repopulated with settlers from other regions.

Excellent sausages are made here, which are often used in stews. The local Telerines – a tagliatelle dish made with tomatoes, peppers and onions accompanied by hare, garlic sausage or cod – is also fantastic. The Golosa is a typical pastry influenced by Moorish cuisine, made with almonds. The Huevos moll, an Easter speciality made with eggs, milk and cinnamon, are delicious, as are the Hijuelas, which are pastries made with flour, milk and eggs.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Guadix and El Marquesado
Postcode: 18512
Distance from Granada (km): 77
Number of inhabitants: 592
People: Dolorios
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Ermita de San Andrés


This rectangular chapel is made of solid brick covered with limestone and has a red tile roof. The arched main entrance is made of bricks. Inside the wooden coffered ceiling is particularly lovely, as are the beams. Above the altar [...]

Iglesia parroquial de Nuestra Señora de la Anunciación


This church was built in the mid-17th century. It is easy to see the architectural influence the Cathedral of Guadix had on this building. It dates back to 1673 and was built on another small church that had been built [...]

Arab baths. El Agua en Al-Andalus Interpretive Centre


These Arab baths date back to 1566 and were recently discovered in the basement of the old council building of Dólar. They are made up of three rooms with typical Moorish vaults. An education centre recently opened here called ‘El [...]

San Andres


Patron celebrations in honour of San Andres that are celebrated with corridas and encierros.

Fair of August


During August there are night parties and fairs in Dólar. Many of the emigrants that have come back to spend the summer holidays participate on them.

Day of the Cross


In May, Dólar erects the popular crosses that the villagers blur the whole night. The next day they go around the village admiring them.


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