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Lying at the foot of the Cerro del Zahor on the edge of the cliffs of the Río Torrente, Nigüelas is the highest town in the Valle de Lecrín (931 meters above sea level) and also the most mountainous. From here you can enjoy amazing views over almost the entire region.

The Zahor is the first of a series of mountains, the highest of which being the Cerro del Caballo (3300 high). On the top the towns of Lanjarón and Nigüelas are located. Although there are several paths from the village up to the Sierra Nevada, the best one follows the river until Los Cahorros. This route will take you past the ruins of several water mills and through beatiful pine forests.

Spain’s oldest mill is in Nigüelas and it is now a museum. Nearby you can visit the Falle de Nigüelas, a geographical phenomenon that has been officially declared a Natural Monument.

Although there are not many remains from the Muslim era, the little existing evidence points to the fact that Nigüelas was a farmstead. Its name comes from Niwalas, a word that means watchtower or high lookout point. During the Islamic period this town fell under the jurisdiction of Padul and was one of the neighbourhoods that bordered with the Valle de Lecrín and the western side of Sierra Nevada. After the Reconquista it continued to focus on agriculture.

Nigüelas has a typical La Alpujarra cuisine and dishes include Migas, Remojón, sausages, Ollas and delicious Arabic pastries such as doughnuts, Pestiños y Leche frita. To mark the feast day of San Marcos the locals make mouth-watering Hornazos.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Alpujarra and Valle de Lecrín
Postcode: 18657
Distance from Granada (km): 32
Number of inhabitants: 941
People: Nigüeleños
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Casa Zayas


Built in the 17th century, this house is known for its romantic garden. Today it houses the local town hall. The building was named after Maria Antonia Zayas Osorio Calvache, the lady who owned the house until she donated it [...]

Iglesia parroquial de San Juan Bautista


This church, built in the 16th century, suffered considerable damage during the rebellion of the Moors, and was subsequently restored. It is a building which has a single, rectangular nave. It is made of brick and stone masonry and is [...]

Oil Mill. Almazara La Erilla


This Nasrid building was built between the 12th and 14th centuries. It is one of the oldest olive oil mills in Spain This olive oil mill, located in the centre of the village, was in operation from the 15th century [...]

Falla de Nigüelas Natural Monument


This geological phenomenon rises above the village of Nigüelas. It is a vast stretch of land made of light marble. It came about due to the cracks in the earth’s crust, which shifted the large boulders that now form the [...]

Romeria of San Marcos


There is a romeria in honour of the saint and the villagers spend the day eating in the field, in a place known with the name of La Razuela.

Celebrations in honour of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias


They are the patron celebrations of this town, called in Nigüelas Funcion. The previous week starts with the musical performances and the theatre, performed nearly always by a company of national level. The parade of the Funcion in which the [...]


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