The village is known for its fruit, especially peaches, and for its pottery which is sold on the old road to Guadix. Due to the opening of the highway they have lost a lot of economic activity, so also pottery shops were installed at the service road along the highway.


This area was already inhabited in prehistoric times, at least from the period between 3000 and 1800 BC. Its name, however, comes from Arabic and refers to the defensive towers that were built in the Middle Ages on the sides of the river Fardes in order to prevent the penetration of the Christian knights, who were camped in Cazorla. In this sense frontier had a special role during the last Islamic stage, the nazaritas until it fell to the Catholic Monarchs in 1489 and was assigned to Juan de Benavides. Then he became an annex of Marchal and in the seventeenth century received the title of Villa Real has kept until the twentieth. 

The chimneys of the cave houses in Purullena
The chimneys of the cave houses in Purullena

Points of Interest in Purullena

  • Church: Iglesia parroquial de San Martín (16th century);
  • Cave district;
  • Troglodyte Habitat Interpretation Centre Almagruz;
  • Museum: Museo Etnológico Cuevas La Inmaculada
The church of Purullena
The church of Purullena

Festivities in Purullena

  • On the 17th of Jnauary San Anton is celebrated;
  • San Blas is celebrated on the 3rd of February;
  • On the 3rd Sunday in August are the popular fesitivities held in honor of Santo Cristo de los Milagros;
  • The fiestas in honor of the patron San Martin are celebrated on the 11th of November;
  • The Fiesta de las Moza is celebrated on the 8th of December.
The artwork that is sold in Purullena
The artwork that is sold in Purullena

Photo Gallery of Purullena

Basic Information Purullena

Purullena (37°18′53″N 3°11′22″O)

Altitude: 935 meters

Population: 2429 inhabitants (2014)



Distance to Granada: 49 km

Distance to the beach: 113 km (Almeria)

Distance to Airport Malaga: 182 km

Distance to Airport Granada: 63 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low - medium - high


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

Location of Purullena

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The Weather in Purullena