The village is located 760 meters above sea level and has 572 inhabitants (2013). The municipality contains the towns of Sorvilán, Alfornón, Melicena and Los Yesos. Located in the Alpujarra Baja, in the foothills of the Contraviesa, but coneceted with the sea through the annexation of other towns as Melicena and Los Yesos.
Sorvilán is a municipality of Islamic origin. Already in the eighth and ninth century it has established an effective irrigation system for its vineyards, improved later by the Moors and also by the Christian settlers after the expulsion of those. In the fourteenth century it became part of the Great tahá Zehel.
It is mainly built on a hill, so it had a good postion to keep off the largely pirate attacks in the 17th century. It is still producing wine, but has started with cultivating subtropical crops.
Sorvilán (36°47′40″N 3°16′03″O)
Altitude: 760 meters
Population: 572 (2013)
Distance to Granada: 91 km
Distance to the beach: 11 km
Distance to Airport Malaga: 148 km
Distance to Airport Granada: 105 km
Touristic level: low - medium - high
Authentic level: low - medium - high