Today we recommend Moclín, the best kept secret in Granada

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Today we recommend Moclín, the best kept secret in Granada

Just 30 kilometers from the capital (one hour from Salobreña), Moclín is one of the most beautiful towns in Granada,although it is still a little secret. On a hill overlooking fields of olive groves stands an Arab castle while the small town of Moclín takes shape on its steep slopes. Its sparse population contrasts with the large amount of historical and cultural heritage that we can enjoy.

It is considered that Moclín was the last frontier of the Kingdom of Granada, it is a strategic enclave with fundamental importance in the power struggles between Moors and Christians. In medieval times it was an important nucleus, and today it is surprising that it is not one of the most important tourist destinations in Andalucía.

Moclín had the nickname of the 'shield of Granada', which gives us an idea of ​​its importance as a border area in its day. When the nearby town of Loja fell in 486, the Catholic Monarchs also conquered Moclín.

In Moclín there are slopes,, narrow streets, whitewashed houses and lots of colors that come from the pots of flowers and plants scattered throughout the town. The first thing to see is the castle from the middle of the 13th century, located on top of the town at about 1,100 meters above sea level. This Nasrid fortress is part of the fortified town itself, you can still see the walls that surround Moclín. And in the highest part, the castle itself, also walled and with its keep, like any self-respecting castillo medieval Although the monument is not in very good condition inside, it is worth a visit. It really impacts the defensive character.

But the plans in Moclín do not end with the castle, far from it. While we walk through the town, we can make a stop at the Regional Interpretation Center, a place that will not only clarify many things about the history and prehistory of the area, but will also give us great ideas to continue the trip around Moclín. And we arrive at the Anthropological Museum, another jewel built on an old hermitage with pieces ranging from prehistoric arrowheads to the first mobile phones.

Curiously, one of the most interesting places in Moclín is the pósito de pan. From the mid-15th century

Y dejamos otra de las grandes joyas para el final. Se trata de la iglesia parroquial de la Encarnación, aunque se la conoce como la iglesia del Cristo del Paño. Construida sobre una antigua mezquita, dentro se encuentra el cuadro del Cristo del Paño, al que sacan en la romería del 5 de octubre. Pero no importa si llegamos hasta este Cristo en otra fecha, lo que importa es llevar un paño y pasarlo por el cuadro para pedir favores, deseos o incluso milagros.

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