Town of 1850 inhabitants. The history goes back to the paleolithic time. They have found polished axes and scapers from this time period. Romans and Musulman have occupied the town. The municipality of La Malahá has some salt flats, which currently produce large amounts of salt for the whole community. They were founded by the Muslims as they wanted to exploit these lands. They have a very good position to receive direct sunlight. These buildings give name to a neighborhood of the town "Las Salinas". The town's name means "Land of salt".


The village has a "saint" called San Vicente. It is one of the most significant monuments of the city and is located in the famous restaurant (!) Casa del Santo, next to the church. In the restaurant is a chapel located with the mummified body of Saint Vincent Martyr. It is displayed in a glass box, lying on cushions and adorned with the uniform of the Roman army, which includes a helmet and a sword. It is said that he was of the family of Don Diego Sánchez Mocho. He brought him from Rome in exchange for a donation to the Vatican. It arrived at La Malahá, in the 18th century and since then it has the devotion of the locals.  As a curiosity, this saint has a great resemblance to another located in a cathedral in Mexico, San Hermión Mártir, whose history is verified.In the town you can also visit a Roman tower and bridge that are in good condition. 

The church of La Malahá
The church of La Malahá


Its thermal waters have been exploited since ancient times and had their peak in 1845. There is currently a public swimmingpool with restaurant and picnic area.

Detail of a house in La Malahá
Detail of a house in La Malahá

Points of Interest in La Malahá

  • Roman Tower and Roman bridge;
  • The Saint "San Vicente" (mummy) in restaurant Casa del Santo;
  • Historical salt flats.

Festivities in La Malahá

  • Día de la Candelaria, "The Menchos" is celebrated on the 2nd of February;
  • The Fiesta del Hornazo "San Marcos" is held on the 25th of  April;
  • The traditional fiesta is celebrated on the 15th of May in honor of the patronal San Isidro and Santa Maria de la Cabeza;
  • A cultural Week is held in mid-July.

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Basic Information La Malahá

La Malahá (37°06′05″N 3°43′23″O)

Altitude: 714 meters

Population: 853 inhabitants (2014)



Distance to Granada: 18 km

Distance to the beach: 63 km (Motril)

Distance to Airport Malaga: 138 km

Distance to Airport Granada: 17 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low - medium - high


  • Supermarkets: yes
  • Banks: yes
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Bars: yes

Location of La Malahá

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