Vélez de Benaudalla

The village is situated at 167 meters above sea level and has 2890 inhabitants (2013). To its municipality belongs also La Gorgoracha and Lagos. 


The origin of this town is clearly Islamic and even his name has such influence. Some authors assert that it comes from the Latin term vallis (that has been Arabizated) which means valley. If you complete it with ben Allah,it is equivalent to valley of the Sons of Allah. 


Velez de Benaudalla, is a lively, working town, and is offering all services including shops, banks, chemist, medical services, bars and restaurants. The town has a long and rich history, and the streets and buildings exude the ancient past. The nearby village Lagos belongs also to its municipality.

Points of Interest in Vélez de Benaudalla

  • The old district: El Barrio Alto o Arabe;
  • Church: Iglesia del Rosario;
  • Castle: Castillo Ulloa (Arabe 15th century);
  • Islamitic garden: Jardín Nazari: opening hours: Wednesday till Saturday from 11:00 till 13:00 and from 16:00 till 18:00. Sunday from 11:00 till 13:00;
  • Paseo del Nacimiento with the old washing sinks;
  • Different walking routes: Monumental Route, Water Route and the Route through the historic center;
  • The Canyon of the Guadalfeo river;
  • Hiking routes;
  • Waterfall 1 Recreative Area;
  • Waterfall 2 Recreative Area.
Castle Ulloa in Vélez de Benaudalla
Castle Ulloa in Vélez de Benaudalla

Festivities in Vélez de Benaudalla

  • The Day of the Crosses is celebrated on the 3rd of May;
  • From the 12th till the 14th of June San Antonio de Padua is celebrated with the festivities of the Christians and Moors;
  • The night of San Juan is celebrated on the 23rd/24th;
  • On the 26th of July the pilgrimage of Santa Ana is held;
The church of Vélez de Benaudalla
The church of Vélez de Benaudalla

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Basic Information Vélez de Benaudalla

Vélez de Benaudalla (36°49′55″N 3°30′58″O)

Altitude: 167 meters

Population: 2890 (2013)



Distance to Granada: 52 km

Distance to the beach: 16 km

Distance to Airport Malaga: 67 km

Distance to Airport Granada: 116 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low - medium - high


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

Location of Vélez de Benaudalla

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