Padul – Lecrin Valley
Padul is located to 13 km. from Granada, in the road that arrives in Motril, once you have passed the Suspiro del Moro.
Padul municipal district is part of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park.
The name of Padul has its origin in the Latin word palus-dis, which means lake or pond. Later, during the Arab age changed into Al Badul, that with time it was transformed into El Padul.
Owing to the fact that it was an obliged pass between the fertile lowland of Granada, the Coast and La Alpujarra, and between Sierra Nevada and the Temple, in El Padul has left its mark many settlers and we can see the considerable archaeological sites found in its outskirts.
We can emphasize the remains of the Middle Palaeolithic found next to the exploitation of the peat bog, consisting of a scraper and a levallois tip. These remains are characteristic of the Musteriense culture that attest the existence of Neandertales groups settled next to the Laguna.
The appearance of the musterienses remains in the area, give us details about the existence of villages during the mentioned age in the region of the Valle de Lecrín, confirming with this find to confirm the importance of this culture in Granada.
The remains found in the Rambla de Santa Elena belong to the Neolithic Period. They consist of several shards of a spherical pot with neck but without decoration and a shard of a limestone bangle of 8 mm wide, 5 of thickness and a interior diameter of 73 mm.
The remains found in this place prove the presence of groups of Neolithic shepherds who were in the area with their cattle, making routes between the Valle de Lecrín and Sierra Nevada. (both these remains and the previous ones were found by the neighbour of de Padul Braulio Gragera).
In the archaeological site of Molinos, located in the southern side of the hill with the same name, was found a group of lítico materials between we can emphasize some blades and knives with lowered backs, belonging to the Copper Age. In the same site has appeared remains which will belong to the Bronze, Protoibérico cultures, a phase of the Ancient and Full Iberian. There were also picked up many tools and shards of polished stone, which indicates us that in this settlement was carried out all the works related to a constant habitat.
This settlement would carry out an important economic role, because it dominates a rich area full of crops bordering to the Laguna, as well as an important strategic function such as the control of the routes of the Costa. It would belong to a period between VII-VI centuries, a moment in which many important changes are taking, both to a economic level and ideological, like a consequence of the influence that was received from the Phoenician factories of the coast, and Sexi pottery (present Almuñecar).
Church Santa María la Mayor (XVI century)
Hermitage of San Sebastián (XVIII century)
Escuelas de Don Isidoro
Fountain of Cinco Caños (XVI-XIX century)
Cortijo de Labradores y Pastores (Avda. Andalucía)
Some typical dishes in Padul are: the kids with garlic, the varied omelettes (onion, potatoes or ham), the sausages and the marinade chops.
How to get there
You have to exit Granada. In the roundabout you have to take the exit 4 and continue in E-902 / A-44 towards Armilla – Motril. Pass near Armilla and Ogíjares. Take the exit towards Exit 137
Otura – Alhendín. Get to Alhendín. In the roundabout take the exit 1. Alleyway of Puntal. In the roundabout take the exit 2 and continue in Avenida de los Almendros and you have got Padul.
Distances from Padul
Gójar 16 km
Dílar 14 km
Otura 9,5 km
Granada 13 km
Cónchar 14 km
Escúzar 23 km
Cozvíjar 7,5 km
La Malahá 16 km