Lanjarón, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the Granada province of Spain, is a very attractive town with stunning views, hot mineral springs, and a famous spa. Lanjarón is a gateway to the famed Las Alpujarras region, know for its unique, ancient culture that retains strong roots from its Moorish and Morisco past. It is located near the Mediterranean coast, the Costa Tropical.
Lanjarón is close to the city of Granada and close to the primary Costa Tropical towns of Almuñécar, Motril, and Salobreña. It is easily accessible from these larger towns by well maintained paved roads that connect with major highways. Lanjarón is close to the area of three neighboring villages high in the Sierra Nevada, Capileira, Lanjarón, and Pampaneira (each about one kilometer apart), which has been designated a Conjunto Histórico Artístico by the Spanish government, an area of particular artistic and historical importance.
Lanjarón is near the cities of Malaga, Granada, and Almeria, and is readily accessible from the heart of the Costa Tropical; Almuñécar, Motril, and Salobreña.
- Lanjarón is located about 50 kilometers south of the city of Granada and Granada airport. Driving from Granada and down the main N-323 highway towards the coast, look for the signs indicating "Las Alpujarras" and Lanjarón as you pass over the mountains. Exit the highway and head towards the left (east). Roads will be clearly marked.
- From Malaga, take the N-340 highway east towards Almuñécar, Motril, and Almería. In about an hour after passing Almuñécar and when you reach Salobreña, take highway N-323 clearly marked towards Granada. Lanjarón is located only 30 kilometers from Salobreña. As you climb the mountains and pass a dam and large lake to your right, look for signs indicating "Las Alpujarras" and Lanjarón. Exit the highway and head towards the right (east). From here follow the directions noted above from Granada.
- From Almería, take the N-340 highway west towards Málaga and Almuñécar. When you reach Salobreña (before Almuñécar), take highway N-323 clearly marked towards Granada. Follow the directions noted above.
Lanjarón is a thriving spa town, and its waters are described as "health-restoring". It also produces the famous Lanjarón-brand bottled water sold throughout Spain. Try the springs at the town's Balneario where you can indulge in a whole range of healthful treatments. The Balneario is open from March to December. The hot springs are considered the best in Spain.
There is an old Moorish castle on the outskirts of Lanjarón, which is set upon a dramatic pinnacle of rock with inspiring views of the surrounding hillsides. Legend has it that the Moorish ruler of Lanjarón threw himself from the tower of this castle, rather than surrender, when he realised that the Christian army led by the Catholic King Fernando was going to emerge victorious. Lanjarón also has four Ermitas (interesting small rural churches); Ermita de San Isidro, Ermita de San Roque, Ermita de San Sebastian, and Ermita del Tajo de la Cruz.
The main streets of Lanjarón are very attractive, lined with towering sycamore trees, and there are also several ancient streets some with tunneled walkways and overhead wood beams. Barrio Hondillo in the old Moorish quarter is a good example of this. There is a nice park on the edge of town, with many trees and paths, called Parque el Salado.
There are three main festivals in Lanjarón: on the 20th of January, Easter, and the 23rd of June. The summer festival celebrates the abundance of water and ham; where on the stroke of midnight there is a massive water fight all along the town's main street.
Lanjarón was founded in Roman times for mining purposes in the high mountains and farming the fertile valley along the Guadalfeo river After the invasion by the Moors in the 7th Century, it was ruled under the authority of Ugíjar.
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