Moclin located in the
Granada province is a traditional small mountain village located near the
Costa Tropical of the Mediterranean coast of Spain in the Andalucia (Andalus) region. Moclin is
located in an area called El Poniente Granadino, or "western Granada". Moclin is very easily
accessible by large roads that connect with a major highway.
Moclin is near
Almeria, and is
readily accessible from the heart of the Costa Tropical, Almuñécar:
The nearest coast is at Salobreña, about one hour away. To get to Salobreña from Moclin
and Granada city, take the N-323 highway south through the Sierra Nevada mountains. The town
of Almuñécar situated on the coast of the Costa Tropical is only a little further away, to the
west of Salobreña along the N340 highway heading towards Malaga.
- Moclin is about 30 minutes drive due west of the city of Granada.
Follow the signs to the Granada airport. Continue on the same highway past the Granada
airport and look for the signs to Moclin about fifteen to twenty minutes after passing
the Granada airport.
Just north of the Costa Tropical over the wall of mountains that frame the Costa Tropical,
and on the lush plateau and rolling hills to the west of Granada, is nestled on the side of a
mountain the beautiful town of Moclin. In the 15th century, the Castle of Moclin called the
"Shield of Granada" by the Moors was the first strategic fortress to be taken by the Catholic
Monarchs in their drive to conquer Granada. The fort was left to decay and a Christian
church built on the ruins. The fortress and church have since been rebuilt to their former splendor.
Moclin, made of typical whitewashed Andalucian (Andalus) houses and narrow, winding,
cobblestoned streets built on steep inclines, is especially pristine and untouched by
development. Roses and rose gardens are abundant in Moclin and make the color and
fragrance of the town unique. The mountains and valleys to the west of Moclin are
beautiful, and full of narrow, dramatic gorges. On the same road there are signs to
large caves where Neolithic caves and paintings have been discovered.
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