Saturday, 21st September 2019
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Villages with History Lanjarón

The Lanjaron Municipality is within the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, on its Southwestern flank.

PROVINCE OF: Granada
DISTANCE FROM THE CAPITAL (km): 49
HEIGHT ABOVE SEA LEVEL (m): 659
AREA (km2): 60
Nº OF INHABITANTS: 3.877
INHABITANTS CALLED: Lanjaronenses
 
The Lanjaron Municipality is within the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, on its Southwestern flank. It is famous for the medicinal properties of its spa, one of the most valued in Spain since the 19th century. Cut across by the Lanjaron River, a tributary to the Gadalfeo River, the village enjoys the typical characteristics of a mountain village: unique style architecture perfectly adapted to the rugged terrain and the local climate, yet maintain a reminder of its Moorish past. Without a doubt, Lanjaron is a place that needs to be visited, not forgetting the advantages offered by the Spa.

History
The archaelogical remains found within the inhabited area enhanced by the castle ruins are witness to the importance of the locality during the arab/andalusian period. Lanjaron is documented in history during the Alhamares dynasty, in the first half of the XIII century. It was conquered by Fernando el Catolico in 1490. According to legend, when the defenses to the castle were about to collapse, the Moore captain defending the main square threw himself from one of the towers rather than surrender.
The inhabitants gained their name as "cañoneros" for their contribution during the war of Independence against the French, apparently they made significantly efficient use of an ancient "mortar" against Napoleon's troops.


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Gastronomy
Cold meats (salchichón, chorizo, morcilla, jamón). Almond Soup. Sobreluisa de espinacas y espárragos. Chestnut Stew. Fennel Stew. Rice & Rabbit. Kid in garlic. Spare Ribs with marrow and mushrooms.
Sweets: Crème Caramel with walnuts. Chestnut Cake. Dry fig tarts.

Festivity
Feast of San Sebastián, on the 20th of January.
Feast of the Virgen del Rosario, during October.
Feast & fiestas in honour of San Juan, 24th July.
Romería to the hermit of la Santa Cruz, on the 3rd of May.

Spa
exceptional place where you can improve your quality of life within a natural environment.
Water Characteristics: They surge from 5 different springs at 31.4 l/hour at a temperature of between 16º and 27ºC. They contain chloride, bicarbonate, calcic-sodium, iron, magnesium and traces of carbon.
Therapeutically recommended for: Muscle toning, Liver complaints, Kidneys, Lungs, Blood Circulation Problems. Nervous system, depression, neurosis, stress, depression, tiredness. 



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