Monachil Sierra Nevada Turismo

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History of


A municipality
with a lot to tell

Monachil is an Arabic-Spanish place name: it would be "muntasal" (from Latin "monte" and Arabic "sal" or elevated).

Monachil is a town with a lot of history: archaeological remains from the Bronze Age, Mudejar church, legends of Sierra Nevada, irrigation ditches and mills, caves, convents, etc...

Church of

la Encarnación

16th century

It was canonically erected in 1501, the time of transition to the Mudejar Granada, and is located in the Plaza Alta of Monachil. This temple has two doorways and a tower to the left of the chancel. The side doorway, to the left of the church, is made of brick with a semicircular arch between pilasters that mark the projection.

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The main entrance, also of brick, is formed by Tuscan pilasters, smooth entablature and coats of arms of Archbishop Argaiz. The altarpiece, dating from the 16th century, is one of the most important of the Granada Renaissance and was probably created in the workshop of Pedro Machuca.


Manor house

Aragones Mill

This is the oldest and best preserved house in Monachil today. This manor house, located in an isolated plot surrounded by gardens, is the result of the annexation over time of two different buildings. The oldest is original from 1450, rebuilt later in the sixteenth century by its owner Alonso de Venegas and his wife Brianda, a wealthy couple of converts, whose names are among the first settlers of Monachil after the fall of the Nasrid Kingdom.


The most recent building, called Casa Grande, was erected in 1780, adjoining the first building and improving it. The owner was José Pedro Pérez Valiente, a descendant of Alonso Venegas to whom King Carlos III had granted the Mayorazgo of the lands and all the slopes of the Sierra. At the beginning of the 20th century, the house became the property of the Aragón family until it was sold to the Monachil Town Hall in 2004.

Legends of
Sierra Nevada

The name of our highest peak, Pico Veleta, derives from the Arabic word «balata», which means «gash». The locals still use the word «balate» to refer to cliffs and precipices in the mountains.

Sierra Nevada is full of legends. Its lagoons and peaks have been the subject of legends about treasures, wizards and undines that have shaped the imaginary of the area for hundreds of years.

Archaeological Site
Cerro de La Encina