The village is located 744 meters above sea level and has 8322 inhabitants (2013). The origin of the name of El Padul comes from the Roman era, deriving from the Latin word palus-paludis and exactly from its accusative case paludem, which means wetland or bog, clearly referring to El Padul's wetland. El Padul's wetland is one of the most important wetlands in south-eastern Spain, recently included in the Ramsar Convention. It has the greatest wetland of the Mediterranean basin and it has also several threatened species.

One of the lakes in El Padul
One of the lakes in El Padul

Points of Interest in El Padul


  • Lakes: Laguna de El Padul;
  • Natural Park Sierra Nevada;
  • Visitor Center: Aula de la Naturaleza "El Aguadero".
  • Casa Grande (16th century): Palace of civil character. This building served as a scene location for the film The Long Duel starring Yul Brynner.
  • Church of Santa María la Mayor (16th - 18th centuries)
  • Chapel of Saint Sebastian (18th century).
  • Washing sinks, source of the five pipes (Lavadero) (s. XVI-XIX).
  • Roman road: The remains of an ancient Roman road that connected the cities of Ilíberis (Granada) and Sexi (Almuñecar), located in the place known as Los Molinos.
  • Well: Nacimiento de los Molinos
View on the church of El Padul
View on the church of El Padul

Festivities in El Padul


  • The afternoon of 19 January, the people of El Padul go to the mountains that surround the town in order to look for firewood and aromatic plants. Then they make big pyres during the procession of Saint Sebastian between the chapel and the church. The following day, 20th of January, there is another procession with more huge pyres and gunshots. These days, people sing the local hymn of Saint Sebastian.
  • The carnival is a traditional feasting period, where many disguised people sing humorous and satirical songs. These consist mainly of faux-tales about how their parents, or grandparents, committed various acts of petty theft and adultery.
  • Within the Holy Week, the procession of "Jesus Christ's Burial" in the Good Friday is of special relevance. This procession relates with 10 pasos (moving sculptures) all the Passion.
  • The Fair is celebrated the last weekend of September.
  • Food, Agriculture and Tourism fair of the comarcas of Valle de Lecrín, Temple and Costa Interior is celebrated between the 6th and 8th of December. At the same time is celebrated the day of wine and the day of pig slaughter.

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Basic Information


El Padul (37°34′19″N 3°30′16″O)

Altitude: 744 meters

Population: 8322 (2013)

 

Distances:

Distance to Granada: 26 km

Distance to the beach: 46 km

Distance to Airport Malaga: 38 km

Distance to Airport Granada: 116 km

 

Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low - medium - high


Facilities:

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

Location of El Padul

The Weather in El Padul


Exclusive Holiday Accommodations in El Padul


El Padul (countryside) - Valle Lecrin:  The Mongolian Tent has big double bed, a lounge sofa and outside its own bathroom. In the garden is a kitchen which is shared with two other objects and a big swimming pool situated..........

Number of persons: 1-3 / Price: from €80,- a night, € 560,- a week (2p)

from € 80,-



El Padul - Valle Lecrin: In Valle Lecrin you can stay in this beautiful gypsy wagon. It is totally made of wood and is very colorful which gives it a romantic and cosy atmospere. It has a double bed in a bedstead, electricity and its own..

Number of persons: 2 / Price: from € 80,- a night, € 560,- a week

from € 80,-



El Padul (countryside)- Valle Lecrin:  On the countryside of Padul you can enjoy the charm of a Tipi in a modern and romantic setting. The tent has a big double bed, a lounge sofa and outside its own bathroom. The pool is situated...

Number of persons: 1-3 / Price: € 80,- a night, € 560,- a week (2p)

from € 80,-



El Padul (countryside) - Valle Lecrín:  The house has been renovated recently and it has a wonderful wooden ceiling. It has a living room with a fireplace, an open kitchen, two double bedrooms and a bathroom. The swimming pool...........

Number of persons: 4 / Price: from € 70,- a night, € 370,- a week

from € 70,-



El Padul (countryside) - Valle Lecrín:  The house which was the storage room of the mill, has a living room with fireplace, an open kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a private terrace. In the garden is a swimming pool situated.......

Number of persons: 4 / Price: from € 70,- a night, € 370,- a week

from € 70,-



El Padul (countryside) - Valle Lecrín:  The house which was the former house of the miller, has a living room with a fireplace and open kitchen, two double bedrooms; and a bathroom with shower. The swimming pool is situated in.......

Number of persons: 4-5 / Price: from € 70,- a night, € 370,- a week (4p)

from € 70,-