Vélez De Benaudalla

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Situated at the foot of the Sierra de Lugar mountain, Velez de Benaudalla is well placed - just ten minutes from the coast, 40 minutes from Granada city and nestled within the mountains which begin the Sierra Nevada range. Although still a typically Spanish town in recent years V�lez De Benaudalla has become popular with expatriates for holiday homes at affordable prices. La autov�a de Motril cerca de la presa de Rules. Junio de 2009
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Foremost among Velez�s sights is the 15th Century castle. Restored in 1992 by the town�s Ayuntamiento (town hall) the castle boasts Arab foundations and walls which were then added to by subsequent rulers. Today the walls house the town�s historical society. Also of interest is the Nazari Garden, built by the Moors along the same lines as the world famous Alhambra in Granada, with an emphasis on water features, grottos, beautiful flowers and clipped hedges. In contrast Velez de Benaudalla�s church is relatively modern, dating from the 18th Century. Designed by Ventura Rodr�guez the construction of La Iglesia del Rosario followed the destruction of the second wooden church in the 17th Century and the first church which was converted from a Moorish temple after the Christian conquest.

History and Culture

Historically V�lez De Benaudalla first came to prominence under the Moors who recognised its position on the banks of the River Guadelfeo, at the base of the sierra de L�jar, as ideal for agriculture owing to the abundant waters of the river and fertile lands. Moorish rule came to an end in the town in the 15th Century when V�lez De Benaudalla was taken by the Catholic kings in their conquest of southern Spain. Following the conquest King Juan of Ulloa set about repopulating the town and encouraging the growth of agriculture and industry. More recently V�lez De Benaudalla has prospered once again due to its climate which is ideal for cultivating tropical fruits and flowers and the town�s expertise in making cakes and pastries, a legacy of its Moorish heritage. In particular its rolls and roscos � large round donut shaped breads � are famous amongst bakers.

Images from Vélez De Benaudalla

Presa de Rules
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Presa de Rules
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Desde la terraza-comedor del restaurante El Puente. V�lez de Benaudalla. Junio de 2009

Presa de Rules
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Castillo de V�lez Benaudalla
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Desde el castillo de V�lez. Junio de 2009

Presa de Rules. Junio de 2009
Antiguo puente, ahora jubilado. Junio de 2009
Hacia la presa de Rules. Junio de 2009

Presa de Rules. Junio de 2009
Aliviadero en la presa de Rules. Junio de 2009
Presa de Rules en la carretera a Motril. Junio de 2009

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