Velez de Benaudalla, is a charming, unspoilt white village situated close to the Costa Tropical, in the province of Granada.
Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and beautiful Las Alpujarras region, Velez de Benaudalla enjoys a privileged location, just 10 minutes away from the coast (above Motril and Salobreña) and 55 kilometres from the historical city of Granada with its Alhambra Palace and international skiing resort.
Velez de Benaudalla, although small with a population of just 2,500, is a lively, working town, and as such is well equipped with amenities of all kinds, including shops, banks, chemist, medical, and of course a good choice of bars and restaurants.
The Guadelfeo River is where the locals head in the summer for a refreshing swim. There is also a municipal swimming pool and some nice parks and play areas for children. 3 kms. north of the village you will find the recently completed Rules dam, one of the largest in this part of Andalucia, which collects the rainfall and melting snow of the Sierra Nevada.
The town has a long and rich history, and the streets and buildings exude the ancient past. Of special interest is the Ulloa Moorish castle, which dates back to the 16th century.
Also of interest are the number of fountains located throughout Velez de Benaudalla. This came about because for the Moors, water was a valuable asset, and was an essential ingredient in the gardens, terraces and plazas. In the centre of town there is actually a natural spring fountain. There are also several watermills of oil, paper and wheat in this typical Spanish village.
In the region of Las Alpujarras expect the most scenic walking routes, you can also partake in rock climbing, snow skiing six months of the year at nearby Sierra Nevada, mountain biking and horse riding, and head to the beaches and golf course at Salobreña and Motril for a lovely relaxing day next to the Mediterranean Sea.
There are some typical tapas bars and restaurants in Velez de Benaudalla where they offer a free tapa with every drink ordered. North of the village, there is the “Puente” restaurant situated next to the waterfall created from the oveflow of the Rules dam.
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It is within easy reach of many historic towns and villages such as Granada, Motril, Salobreña, Los Guajares, Orgiva and Lanjaron, famous for its natural mountain water and springs. The area is an ideal spot for those who enjoy walking and sight seeing.
The Costa Tropical takes its name from the sub-tropical climate that it enjoys. With warm winters and long hot summers, the average temperature is around 20C.
Town HallPlz Constitución s/n., Vélez de Benaudalla, 18670 (Granada). Tel: (+34) 958 65 80 11. Fax: (+34) 958 62 21 26 . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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