Lentejí, or Lentegí, of the
Costa Tropical in the Granada province is a traditional
small mountain village located near the Mediterranean coast of Spain in the Andalucia
(Andalus) region. Lentejí is very close to the Costa Tropical town of Otivar and can be
considered a higher altitude adjunct of
Otivar. The nearest large town is
about 20 minutes away. Lentejí is reasonably accessible by paved smaller roads that
connect with a major highway.
Lentejí is near
Almeria, and is
readily accessible from the heart of the Costa Tropical, Almuñécar:
- Lentejí is located about a 65 minutes drive south of the city of Granada and
Granada airport. Driving from
Granada and down the main N323 highway to the coast, take a
right turn at Salobreña onto the coastal highway N340 heading west in the direction of
Almuñécar and Málaga. Take N340 east to Almuñécar. Once in Almuñécar and at the main
roundabouts, Otivar is clearly marked. Take the road to Otivar and very soon (one to
two minutes driving) past Otivar, there is a sign on the right hand side of the road that
marks the way to Lentejí, straight up the mountain. The road from Almuñécar to Otivar and
Lentejí is called Sospiro de los Moros.
- From Malaga, take the N-340 highway east towards the cities of Almuñécar,
Motril, and Almería. In just under an hour upon reaching Almuñécar, drive to the center of
town to the main roundabout and follow the directions described above.
The nearest coast is at Almuñécar. In addition to the highway access, Lentejí is also accessible
from Granada city via Sospiro de los Moros from the other direction, a stunning drive through
winding mountain passes when approaching from Granada.
Lentejí is a small village of around 400 residents located on the ancient and scenic mountain road
connecting Almuñécar with Granada, called Sospiro de los Moros or "sigh of the Moors", named
after the exit route of the ruling Muslim or Moorish leader Boabdil after the final conquest
of Spain by the Christians in 1492. Located in the southern end of the majestic Sierra de
Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama mountain range, Lentejí is only 20 minutes away from the coast
at Almuñécar and just minutes from another similar but larger town, Otivar. What makes
Lentejí truly special are the spectacular views of the Almijara mountains; the view is
perhaps the most stunning of the Costa Tropical villages and perhaps among the most
stunning of whole of the Andalucia (Andalus) region. Sunset over the Almijara mountains is
Lentejí was inhabited by the Phoenicians and the Romans, although its first inhabitants go
much further back in time. There is an archaeological site in Lentejí which dates from the
Neolithic period, in a place called Los Caserones. During the times of Arab or Moorish
domination Lentejí and surrounding areas of the Costa Tropical gained prosperity that
finished with the conquest by the Christian monarchs at the end of the XV century, the
rebellion of the moriscos (Muslims who had nominally converted to Christianity) in the
XVI century and their expulsion, with the consequent depopulation in the Costa Tropical,
Granada, and Andalucia (Andalus) region and the later repopulation with Christians settlers
during the reign of Felipe II.
One of the Costa Tropical's largest industries is wine making. Grapes thrive in the climate of
Lentejí. One large winery, Horacio Calvente Cellars, creates the most delicious wines.
Horacio Calvente Cellars specializes in merlot, cabernet sauvignon, muscatel, and many white wines.
Mangos, figs, chirimoyas, and avocados also thrive in Lentejí warm Costa Tropical climate.
Typical dishes of Lentejí include sausages and rice, choto al ajillo (livers, onion,
fried bread cubes, and garlic), and potaje de hinojos (fennel stew.) As Lentejí is near
the sea, fish is often served a few times a week. Loaves of fresh bread are staples of
the Lentejireños diet and served along with meals.
For dessert, fig bread, fried dough, garrapiñadas (sugar coated almonds), fresh fruit,
and cakes are sure to please. Relax with a glass of locally made wine.
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