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Towns and villages in the province of Granada, Andalucia, Spain

If there is one province in Spain that could be said to have everything then that province must be Granada. The province has the highest mountain in Spain, Mulhacen, in the Sierra Nevada range. Here, for about five months of the year, the winter sport enthusiast can feel at home in Pradollano. Yet, just 2 hours away, is the Mediterranean coast, the Costa Tropical.

Between the two extremes you will find remote villages, and excellent walkin in the Alpujarra region, and towns with wonderful architecture in the Altiplano. You can sample home-cured hams at Trevelez and olive oils from Los Montes, both products recognised with the official Designation of Quality. Not yet recognised but sure to be in the future is the Beluga caviar from Riofrio.

Historically Granada Province provides as much stimulation as any province. Gorafe, in the centre of Geoparc Granada, has the highest concentration of megalithic dolmens in Europe. Christopher Columbus planned his first voyage in Santa Fe. Granada was the last city to be re-conquered by Christians in 1492 having been occupied by the Moors since 711 AD. Gastronomy wise the province is heavily influenced by its Moorish heritage. Oranges, honey and almonds combined with pastries, meats and poultry produce mouth watering dishes.

I suppose I should also mention the capital, Granada, with its world famous Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a monument and attraction that attracts 2.5 million visitors (2012 survey) each year. Granada Province truly is a province of contrasts.

Málaga - Capital of the Province

The Greek geographer, Strabo, makes the first mention of a Greek settlement called Mainake and positioned it in southeast Spain somewhere around 800 BC. During the period 900 to 500 BC the Greeks and Phoenicians were expanding their trading networks. Both seafaring powers first established trade contacts. The Greeks then integrated with the local populace and Emporia, or trading stations, were built. It was possible for Emporia to grow into fully fledged Greek city states. It is unlikely that Mainake ever achieved full city status but it does have the distinction, according to Strabo, of being the furthest Emporia west from the Greek homelands. There must have been an amount of cooperation between the Greeks and Phoenicians since the latter had many more colonies and both traded with the Tartessians. The history of Mainake is a little blurred, nobody knows exactly where it was, how close to present day Málaga it was, when it was founded or how long it lasted. More....


Towns and villages in Málaga

Places to go, things to do and days out in Málaga Province

Museums and Galleries in Málaga Province

National Parks in Málaga Province

Cycling in Málaga Province

Walking in Málaga Province

Birdwatching and twitching in Málaga Province