Immersed in the mountains of the same name, Albuñuelas can be found to the extreme west of the Lecrin Valley. The village has three distinct barrios, the lower, the upper and La Loma. It is medieval in origin and has many picturescue streets and hidden corners. It was recorded in the 10th and 11th centuries by Al Idrisi, the first Muslim geographer on his journey from Granada to the Southern Sahara. It is situated above the Rio Santo and has spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada, the Sierra de Albuñuelas and the Sierras Guájares. There are two supermarkets on the road from the lower to the upper barrio and another in the upper barrio. They are not large but have all that is needed to eat well, including fresh meat and vegetables. There is a bakery in the upper barrio and several bakers drive around the village during the mornings selling their wares. There is also a minivan with fish driving around most mornings and a coupe of ttimes a week a fruit and Vegetable minivan.
Gas is bottled and is delivered once a weekby both Repsol (orange cylinders) on Wednesdays and Cepsa (aluminium cylinders) on Fridays. There is a chemist and a medical consulting room near the school on the main road.
There are terrific places for walking, either by dropping into the gorge of Albuñuelas or by following the GR-7 which arrives from from Saleres in Calle Mojon in the lower barrio. For those who like walking in the hills, the Sierra Albuñuelas is a fantastic area, abundantly green and rightly earning its name of "The lung of the Lecrin Valley." It is covered in rich vegetation, with pine forests and all types of wild flora, aromatic and medicinal plants.
There are places where the visitor can enjoy the marvellous views, such as el Castillo from where you see all three barrios. You can walk through woods of pine or hundred-year old olives which spread across the countryside with valleys leading to the Rio Santo. With such an abundance of water the area has a rich and varied fauna as well as flora. There are partridges, doves, blackbirds, badgers, rabbits, wild boar, deer and mountain goats.
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From the age immediately before the reconquest, there is a tower in the upper barrio built in the 16th century. There is also a variety of places of historical interest such as the parish church, the hermitage of San Antonio, the old archbishop´s palace (17th and 18th century) and the Capuchino monastery. There are also old lead, nickel and cobalt mines in the area.