The village is located 250 meters above sea level and has 6878 inhabitants (2013). It is believed that its origin is Roman, but also prehistoric remains were found in the cave "Cueva de los Murciélagos" which is located in the municipality of Albuñol. In the Moorish period it was the most important city in the "Gran Cehel" or "Gran Costa" It was in these centuries defended by the castle of the Rabita. The population is working in the agriculture which is one of the most competitive in Europe, with significant the presence of greenhouses with fruit and vegetables. Albúnol has also a long winemaking tradition. Albúnol is the gate to the Alpujarra and in the same time at the coast. In La Rabita people can enjoy the beaches where you even can visit a nude beach named "Playa la Ruso". The village is an ideal place if you want to combine countryside and beach live.   

The albuñolense municipality is formed by the villages of Albuñol, La Rabita, El Pozuelo, Los Castillas, La Ermita and Los Chaulines. Also noteworthy are the hamlets of La Balsilla, El Cañuelo, Huarea Castle, Los Chilches, Los Colich, El Cortijo Bajo, Haza Llana, The Maurel, Los Morenos, Los Rivas, El Saltadero, La Tejera and El Cercado.

Points of Interest in Albúnol

  • Church: "Parroquia de San Patricio" (1616);
  • Casa de las Margaritas where the writer "Pedro Antonio de Alarcón" lived;
  • Traditional houses;
  • Hiking in "Majada de los Campos" (download hiking routes here);
  • Beaches;
  • Castle: "Castillo de La Rábita";
  • Cave: "La Cueva de los murciélagos" is located in the coastal range of the Contraviesa near the town of Albuñol and was discovered in 1831 by a local resident who took advantage of the layers of guano that was deposited by bats in the cave entrance. A substance that could being the cause of the preservation of objects of organic matter deposited inside;
  • Barranco del Valenciano;
  • Barranco de la Mina;
  • Mine Geoda de Yeso.
The church of Albúnol
The church of Albúnol

Festivities in Albúnol


  • On the 17th of March Albuñol celebrates its festival in honor of "San Patricio";
  • On the 15th of May, La Rábita is having it´s festivities in honor of "San Isidro Labrador";
  • On the 25th of July El Pozuelo celebrates "Santiago Apóstol";
  • In the first weekend of August the Summer Fair is celebrated;
  • On the 8th of September La Rabita is celebrating "Virgen del Mar";
  • At the end of October Wine and Tapa Fair is organized.


A view on Albúnol
A view on Albúnol

The Beaches of Albúnol

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Basic Information Albúnol

Albúnol (36°47′29″N 3°12′12″O)

Altitude: 250 meters

Population: 6878 (2013)



Distance to Granada: 118 km

Distance to the beach: 7 km (La Rabita)

Distance to Airport Malaga: 151 km

Distance to Airport Granada: 131 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low - medium - high


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

Location of Albúnol

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