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Villages in Granada


Villages in Granada

Melegis, El Valle

The village of Melegís forms part of the municipality of El Valle, and is situated in el Valle de Lecrín. It sits in the space between the western slope of the Sierra Nevada and the immediate vicinity of the Béznar reservoir.

The main written historical references relate to the Muslim era, when it formed part of the “clima” or “cora” of Elvira.

In the 15th century it was the residence of the Court of Granada for a short period of time, and so was the capital of Andalus.

It was conquered along with the rest of the El Valle by the Marquis of Villena. After the expulsion of the Moors it was repopulated, coming to be populated during the 16th and 17th Centuries by Castilians, Galicians, and Extremenos (from Extremadura).

The parish archives begin in the mid-sixteenth century although they only contained records of deaths and baptisms.

In the 18th century, important noble families with political influence in the province arrived here, building mansions, upon which they placed their coats of arms, which are still preserved to this day.

In 1972 it was merged with Restabal and Saleres forming what today is called El Valle.


Church of St. John the Evangelist.

Public Washhouses.

Gastronomy of Melegís

Hinojos casserole, orange dip, pumpkin pisto, semolina migas, green bean stew, lemon gazpacho, albondigas (meatballs) with cod, snails in sauce, pigs trotters, capers in vinegar, Campion casserole with chickpeas, figuelos stew, garlic soup, choto al ajillo, rabbit salad with cabbage, bread casserole, fried meat with tomato and garlic, dried tomato omelette, ajos-porros omelette, doves and partridges, puchero stew at Lent, various soups, pipirrana, red peppers, oil and vinegar potato salad.

And for sweets: Pan de higo, pestiños, torrijas, chicharrones cakes, meat with quince, grapes and cherries in brandy, ring-shaped egg biscuits, wine flavoured doughnuts, pastries, leche frita, tortas de flama, almond paste, orange pasta and oil flavoured pastries.

How to reach Melegís

Take the exit out of Granada: E-902, A-44, direction Jaén. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit, continue along: E-902 / A-44 direction: Armilla – Motril. Take the exit towards: exit 160 – Lecrin – El Valle. Follow directions to Lecrin. Out of Lecrín. Take GR-3204.Arrive at Melegís.


Granada 38 km
Durcal 9.5 km
Lecrin 4 km
Orgiva 25 km
Conchar 17 km
Albuñuelas 6.5 km
Lanjaron 16 km
Pampaneira 38 km
Pinos del Valle 6 km

Melegís, Iglesia de San Juan Evangelista

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