Lujar, Sierra de Lujar
Lújar sits at the foot of a steep mountain with which it shares its name. This locality is distinguished by its white silhouette, 520 metres above sea level, a sea whose intense blue looks away towards Alborán.
The many large rocks led the Phoenicians to name the place Luxar. The Phoenicians left a very special legacy of olive trees, which are still here to this day.
During the period of Arab rule, agriculture was the main source of wealth. The climate made it perfect for the cultivation of tropical crops; the wells and irrigation from these ancient times are still in use today.
With the conquest by the Catholic Monarchs and the expulsion of the Moors, Lújar, which belonged to the Count of Santa Coloma, became severely depopulated; however, during the eighteenth century the population increased and vine crops and mining give a strong boost to the economy.
During the twentieth century, improved communications and increased agricultural production remained the bedrock of growth, until tourism began. The unique climatic characteristics combined with with the beauty of the area, combining sea and mountains are a strong incentive for visitors.
Parish Church of Santo Cristo de Cabrilla
Iglesia de Los Pollos
Migas and Choto, dishes made with breadcrumbs are made in many different ways. “Daggerboard”is one of the local specialties, along with the zalamandroña – a dish of sardines and squash – and a stew of fennel and fig bread.
From Granada: Take Carretera N-323 south (towards Motril). After about 37 km take the exit towards Lanjaron. Continue on this road until you reach Orgiva. Pass Órgiva. Take A-4131. Turn right. Pass Olias and continue to Lújar.
Distances from Lújar
Jolúcar 8.5 km
Los Tablones 25 km
Velez de Benaudalla 37 km