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Often overlooked by guidebooks, Albu�ol is located between the Alpujarran mountains and the Costa Tropical coastline in the Contraviesa mountain range. Fans of the town describe it as having everything they need without the business of a larger city. Like many towns in the area Albu�ol has attractive white washed houses and winding streets which house a good number of restaurants and bars serving fresh local dishes. Its proximity to the nearby hills of El Gato, Los Galvez and La Ermita means the town is a good base for serious walkers and those who want amble more gently through the vineyards and almond groves nearby. country hotel under construction
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History

Until relatively recently it was believed that Albu�ol began life as a town under the Moors in the 8th Century. In 1858 however bones and the remains of Neolithic clothing were found in la Cueva de los Murci�lagos (the Cave of the Bats) near the town. The discovery - including shoes like the espadrilles of today - amazed locals and revealed the long history of Albu�ol. Occupation of the area continued in Roman times and beyond although it was not until the arrival of the Moors in the 8th Century that Albu�ol really flourished. Under the Moors the town was made a district of the Alpujjaras and by virtue of its vineyards and wine making became the most important municipality in the region. In the 16th Century the Moors lost control of the area to the Catholic Kings and the Arab population of the town was evicted. Despite this blow to population numbers Albu�ol bounced back and became a centre both for farming and fishing due to the fertile soil and rich fishing waters at La R�bita just 5km away.

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Today agriculture still brings prosperity to the town with greenhouses supplying many of Europe�s supermarkets with tomatoes, courgettes and beans; almond groves and vineyards which produce wine and sherry sold throughout Spain and abroad. This abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and beef has shaped Albu�ol�s cuisine and a variant of the regional dish choto al ajillo (baby goat in garlic sauce) is popular here with additional vegetables added for good measure. For those interested in history Albu�ol boasts a 12th Century Nazrid castle, a 16th Century church � Iglesia de San Patricio - and the House of the Daisies, the former residence of 19th century Spanish writer and politician, Pedro Antonio de Alac�n.


Images from Albu�ol

view to the sea
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view to the sea
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Centro de Actividad Fisica
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Albu�ol desde el cerrillo
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San Jose y San Patricio
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Pista Exterior
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Noche embrujada
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Cueva de los murci�lagos
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ALBU�OL
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ALBU�OL 1
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Cabras montesas
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