Freila is the smallest of the villages in the ALTIPLANO DE GRANADA.

Dama de la viento (lady of the wind)

Dama de la viento (lady of the wind)

 

It sits at an altitude of 804 metres above sea level and has a population of just over 1,000.

The area has been lived in since prehistoric times and evidence of its importance during the occupation by the Moors can be seen in the remains of the old town fortifications, built during the 12th and 13th century.

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The parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Anunciación was built in the 16th century after the Christian Reconquista.

 

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This is a pretty little village with sparkling whitewashed cottages, and where more than 60% of the dwellings are original cave houses, carved out of the hillside and seemingly sitting one on top of another.

 

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chimneys

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FREILA is situated on a hill overlooking Lake Negratin and has stunning views over the lake and the surrounding deeply eroded, desert-like landscape, often referred to as the “Badlands”.

Jabalcon and Lake Negratin

 

The village has its own lakeside beach at Cortijo del Cura as well as a campsite and is an exceptionally idyllic spot in Andalucia.

 

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Historically important and surrounded by unspoiled nature, Freila offers the visitor a journey back in time and the chance to see a real Andalusian village with its traditions and customs intact.

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The remnants of the castle, together with the caves, the lake, the lakeside beach and its many bars and restaurants , plus its close proximity to Granada, the sierra de Baza and the Sierra Nevada make FREILA one of the most picturesque places in the Altiplano de Granada.

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