The village is located at 800 meters above sea level and has 162 inhabitants (2013). It is the smallest municipality of the region, both in terms of population and surface area (4,66 km). It  is located in the south east of the Alpujarras. 


Its history is fully linked to the area and it has suffered from depopulation caused by the expulsion of the Moors.  It was resettled in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century with  Christians from other regions. 


 The characteristics of this area are very peculiar, because their cottages are very old and made of local stone, although many of them are whitewashed and decorated with tinaos,



The town hall of Carataunas
The town hall of Carataunas

Festivities in Carataunas

  •  San Blas is celebrated on the 3rd of February;
  • On the 25th of April San Marcos is celebrated.


View on Carataunas
View on Carataunas

Points of Interest in Carataunas

  • Church of Carataunas
  • Old iron mining "Minas de la Virgen de Fátima" It is an open mine. The siderite is the main raw material that was extracted.
  • Bridge: "Puente del barranco de la Teja": Single span bridge built in the early twentieth century.
  • Bridge: "Puente de Don Poli": Bridge crossing the Chico River, built in ashlar masonry. It has a single span of arch. It is one of the largest light bridges in the county.
  • Viewpoint "Mirador de Caratauna"
A "tinao" in Carataunas
A "tinao" in Carataunas

Photo Gallery of Carataunas

Basic Information Carataunas

Carataunas (36°55′23″N 3°24′32″O)

Altitude: 800 meters

Population: 162 (2013)



Distance to Granada: 64 km

Distance to the beach: 39 km (Motril)

Distance to the Airport of Malaga: 133 km

Distance to the Airport of Granada: 77 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low -medium - high



  • Supermarkets: no
  • Banks: no
  • Restaurants: no
  • Bars: yes

Location of Carataunas

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The Weather in Carataunas