Molvizar of the Costa Tropical in the Granada province is a traditional
small mountain village located near the Mediterranean coast of southern
Spain in the Andalucia (Andalus) region. Molvizar is reasonbaly accessible by
paved smaller roads that connect with a major highway, N-340 described below.
Molvizar is near
Almeria, and is
readily accessible from the heart of the Costa Tropical, Almuñécar:
The nearest coast is at the Costa Tropical town of Salobreña. The larger town of
Motril is only 15 minutes from Molvizar, and the town of Almuñécar situated on the
coast of the Costa Tropical is only a little further away. In addition to the highway
access, Almuñécar is also accessible via the beautiful mountain road Sospiro de los
Moros, a stunning drive through winding mountain passes.
- Molvizar is about 50 minutes drive due south of the city of
Granada and Granada airport. Driving from Granada and down the main N323 to the
coast, take a right turn after the town of Velez de Benaudalla just before
getting to Salobreña. Molvizar is clearly marked.
- From Malaga, take the N-340 highway east towards the cities of
Granada, Motril, and Almería. In just over an hour upon reaching Salobreña, take
the N-323 highway towards Granada. In a few kilometers look for the first left turn.
Take this first left turn and follow this road for about 15 minutes to Molvizar.
Molvizar is a beautiful small village of almost 3,000 residents clinging to the side of
a mountain on the main road that connects Motril via highway N-323 to the towns of Otivar
and the majestic Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama mountain range. Molvizar is situated
241 meters above sea level. It has twice won national awards for municipal beauty, as
Molvizar is very well taken care of by its inhabitants.
Molvizar locals celebrate the patron saint, Santa Ana, on July 26, during which the
town puts forth a traditional representation of Moros y Cristianos, which commemorates
the expulsion of the Moors (Spanish Arabs) from Spain in the XV and XVI Centuries. One
of the most important monuments of Molvizar is the Santa Ana Church built between 1785 and
1790. Roman archaeological remains found in Molvizar include an ancient Lagar for wine
making. The streets of Movizar have a very Moorish feel and the locals are very friendly.
The economy of the area surrounding Molvizar is agriculture-based, especially the
cultivation of fruit. Molvizar is a traditional Andalucian village made of small
whitewashed houses and narrow streets winding their way up the mountainside. Its
surroundings are rugged and mountainous, yet Molvizar is only a short drive from the coast.
Molvizar has many hectares of vineyards, which produce exquisite wines, famous in
the whole of Andalucia. The mosto wine is of such high quality that local Molvizar
producers compete in an annual wine festival at which all the different wines can be
tasted, and the prize for best mosto of the year is awarded. The Molvizar wine is
accompanied by bread baked in the traditional manner, in wood-fired ovens, and with
Molvizar is located very close to the town of Itrabo, the latter of which is further
up the mountains and closer to the Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama mountain
range. A visit to Molvizar should be combined with a visit to Itrabo. A nice loop
can be made by visiting the towns of
Salobreña, and Almuñécar, with the first five towns located in the mountains and
along the magnificent Sospiro de los Moros road, and the last two (Salobreña and
Almuñécar) coastal towns in the heart of the Costa Tropical offering a magnificent
drive along a beautiful stretch of the N-340 highway.
Molvizar developed the most during its period of Arab (Moorish) domination, and was
inhabited by the Moors until their expulsion in the XV Century and subsequent
repopulation by Christians brought in from northern areas of Spain to all Andalucia
and most especially the areas surrounding Granada. Molvizar suffered under the rule
of the mayor of neighboring Salobreña, Diego Ramirez de Haro, and later he had to
build defensive bastions because of the threat of Berber pirates crossing the
Mediterranean from Morocco and Algeria. In addition, Molvizar was a scene of multiple
guerrilla battles during the War of Independence when Molvizar refused to pledge
fidelity to Jose I. In recent years, thanks to the agricultural development and tourism,
Molvizar is growing in new prosperity.
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