Marchal is nestled in a fertile valley that is watered by the waters of the river Alhama and the river Marchal. It offers a spectacular scenery with the background of the white peaks of Sierra Nevada. The main part of the population is living in cave houses. Within its municipality is a natural area situated which known as Cárcavas de Marchal. This area is consisting of a solid clay with beatiful badland forms and has been qualified as a Natural Monument. This masif was historically used for creating cave houses where the villagers still lived in. Marchal is also the headquarter of the Association of Valle Alhama-Fardes Rios. 

La Casa Grande in Marchal
La Casa Grande in Marchal

Festivities in Marchal

  • On the 2nd of February La Candelaria is celebrated;
  • The festivities Santo Cristo are held on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Carnaval (also with a procession);
  • San Bonifacio is celebrated on the 5th of June in honor of the patron with a procession and other activities.
View on Marchal
View on Marchal

Points of Interest in Marchal

  • House (19th century): La Casa Grande, Palacio de los Gallardo o Casa Rosa;
  • Church: Iglesia parroquial de Santa María de la Anunciación;
  • Church: Iglesia de Santa Catalina;
  • Chapel: Ermita de las Ánimas o de la Virgen del Carmen;
  • Viewpoints or route the viewpoints: Mirador de San Marcos, el Mirador del Santo Cristo, Mirador de la Encantada, Mirador del Tío Prin and Mirador de las Cruces.

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Basic Information Marchal

Marchal (37°17′46″N 3°12′09″O)

Altitude: 905 meters

Population: 428 inhabitants (2014)



Distance to Granada: 51 km

Distance to the beach: 118 km (Almeria)

Distance to Airport Malaga: 184 km

Distance to Airport Granada: 65 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low - medium - high


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

Location of Marchal

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