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Nívar lies a few kilometres from Granada, in the Parque Natural de Sierra de Huétor, in a mid-mountain area known as Sierra de la Yedra. There are many oak forests in the surrounding natural areas. The town of Nivar is 1055 meters above sea level on a hill from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the Peñón de la Mata and the Cogollos Vega.

The town of Mirador de Granada is also part of this municipality. From here you can get some of the most breath-taking views of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada. It is a great place to go hiking, paragliding, cycling and do some photography. The town, set in a mountainous landscape, is very pretty. Places worth seeing are the Plaza de la Iglesia and the Balcón de Nívar as well as archaeological remains nearby.

The name of the town has traditionally been associated with the Carthaginian general Hannibal. In the Andalusian era, it was called Hannibal or Hisn Nibal, (Castle of Nibal). Experts reject the theory that the name comes from the Roman word ‘nivalis’ meaning covered in snow.

During Arabic times an irrigation system was built here in the days when it was a farmstead. There is also evidence of a border fortress in the Cerro del Castillejo, popularly known as La Peña de Bartolo.

Nívar played an important role in the war of Granada, as this was the route used by Christian troops to enter the Sierra Nevada. Many bloody skirmishes took place here. After the expulsion of the Moors, the population dropped significantly and the land was subsequently divided.

Local traditional recipes often include game. The Olla de San Anton, the Patatas a lo pobre and Migas and Gachas are all excellent typical dishes.

Handmade pastries are very good here and include Bollos de aciete, Roscos de vino and Pestiños. Another speciality is the Torta de Manteca.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Granada and its surroundings
Postcode: 18197
Distance from Granada (km): 14
Number of inhabitants: 681
People: Niveros
Web: Acceder a su web


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Iglesia parroquial del Santo Cristo de la Salud


The parish church really stands out in the small village of Nívar. It is built in Neoclassical style on the ruins of a church that was completely destroyed in the Lisbon earthquake in 1755. The building works of the new [...]

Archaeological site of La Peña de Bartolo


The site is located in the Cerro del Castillejo and popularly known as La Peña de Bartolo. It is here that archaeological remains were discovered proving the existence of a settlement before the Mozarabic period. Next to the ruins of [...]

Celebrations in honour to the Santo Cristo de la Salud


The Santo Cristo de la Salud is the patron of Nivar and in its honour they celebrate the celebrations of this town. It takes place according to the traditional fair format and it has a program of celebrations with lithurgical, [...]

Day of the Cross


The Day of the Cross, the 3rd of May, they celebrate a day in the field in the nearby Alfaguara Mountain Range. The event offers, apart from the contact with nature, the possibilitie to participate in several sport competitions.


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