Albondón in the
is a traditional small white mountain village located near the
Mediterranean coast of southern Spain in the Andalucia (Andalus) region, east of
Tropical. Albondón is located at the eastern end of the Granada province, between the
majestic Sierra Nevada mountains and the Mediterranean, at the base of the Las Alpujarras
region of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is reasonably accessible through the
mountain road connecting it to the principal Costa Tropical highway of N-340.
Albondón is near Malaga, Granada, and
Almeria, and is
readily accessible from the heart of the Costa Tropical,
- If coming from the west (
Malaga, Almuñécar, or Granada), Albondón is best accessed by driving east of
Motril via the coastal highway N-340. After about 30 minutes, near the town of La Rábita, look for the sign marking the
road to the towns of La Marradura and Albuñol heading north into the mountains. When in Albuñol look for the signs
marking the road to Albondón. Total travel time from La Rábita to Albondón should be about 30 minutes.
- If coming from the east (Almeria), take the N-340 highway towards Motril, Almuñécar, and Malaga
and once you cross into the Granada province, look for the town of
La Rábita. From La Rábita, follow the
Albondón has over 1,000 inhabitants. Its township covers 34 km. of land, and is
situated 895 meters above sea level. This combination of geographical location and altitude are
ideal for the ubiquitous almond crops and grape vineyards where the renowned wines of
Albondón are produced.
Albondón derives its name from the Arabic era when it was at its peak. It thrived under
the Arabs largely due to their ability to work the soil in a dry climate. When the Moors
(Spanish Arabs) were expelled, the area around Albondón was left virtually unpopulated until the
17th century. In the 19th century Albondón re-flourished (along with the
Costa Tropical) and its
population grew to almost 4,000 inhabitants, thanks to its wine and raisin production. Today,
with the help of its wine production, new life is coming to Albondón through tourism.
The traditional foods of Albondón are based on products produced locally and in the Alpujarra area,
such as plato alpujarreño (eggs, sausage, potatoes, black pudding), puchero matancero (potatoes,
bacon and garbanzos), salchichón, longaniza, morcilla (cured sausages from local pigs), sweets
from local grapes, almonds, and figs such as soplillos (honey, sugar cane, egg whites and
toasted almonds), and buñuelos (sweet fried fritters).
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