Restábal and the Lecrín Valley
Following the motorway from Granada to the Mediterranean coast, you come to the Lecrín Valley, leaving Sierra Nevada, its National Park and the Alpujarra to the East. 38 km from Granada and about 15 minutes from the A44, lies Restábal in the municipality of El Valle, which also includes the neighbouring villages of Melegís and Saleres.
The Valley’s situation on the southern side of Sierra Nevada, is open to the sea along the gorge of the River Guadalfeo. This together with the altitude, allows the cultivation of avocados, oranges, lemons, walnuts, almonds, olives etc. A micro climate that softens the winters and summers of Granada.
Twenty five minutes south of the Lecrín Valley is the Mediterranean Sea. A downhill journey, of about 70 minutes, from Sierra Nevada’s ski slopes to the beaches of Motríl and Salobreña on the Costa Tropical.
An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Lecrín Valley holds countless attractions for visitors. At the same time, it is an ideal base for visiting the city of Granada, Las Alpujarras (of Granada and of Almeria) and the Costa Tropical.
The Lecrín Valley Villages
Eighteen, small, white villages nestle on the slopes of the Lecrín Valley. All of them witnesses to their Moorish origins but each with its own particular character and charm. Proud of their villages, the villagers are friendly and helpful, pleased to chat to you.
The village of Restábal (493 inhabitants) is situated at an altitude of 538m, 35 minutes from Granada, 25 minutes from la Alpujarra and 55 from the ski slopes of Sierra Nevada. It will only take you about 25 minutes to reach Motril or Salobreña, on the coast. The village itself perches on high ground above the Rivers Santo and Durcal that merge here to become the River Izbor. This in turn flows into the Beznar Dam just below the traditional terraces and orange groves that surround Restábal.
Food and Drink
The nearest restaurant, Mesón Despensa del Valle, is 200 metres from your Lecrín Valley holiday villa, family run with authentic home cooking. The daily menu is excellent value. Upstairs their typical Spanish bar offers a lively, village atmoshpere and very good tapas. Restábal’s second restaurant, La Marquesina, opened in December 2018. Another family venture in attractive, modern surroundings, the food is imaginative and very tasty. In Melegís, about 10 minutes’ walk, 1.2km. approx. do try Los Naranjos with its marvellous terrace and good local cuisine with a modern slant.
Two small but well stocked supermarkets, a tobacconist and a chemist provide all the basic services you might need. Local bakers, butchers and fishmongers visit daily in their little vans offering their wares. The village community centre has internet access with a printer if needed. Visit Dúrcal for the typical, village market held each Wednesday. You’ll also find good bakeries, greengrocers, butchers, fishmongers and large supermarkets here.
What to Do
Outdoor activities include walks of varying lengths or more ambitious, guided treks in Sierra Nevada, horseback excursions, canyoning, abseiling, golf, bird watching and visits to the wetlands, castles, wineries, and oil mills.
Discover varied and interesting flora and fauna in the neighbouring Sierra Nevada Natural Park. A walker’s paradise with myriad trails and routes to follow in every direction. Begin to discover some of the Lecrín Valley Walking Routes here. The long distance walking route, GR7-E4, from Athens to Tarifa passes through Restábal, almost on the doorstep of Casa Tagomago.
Local fiestas are an intrinsic part of village life. Not only are they entertaining but they also bring families together again. Many people born in the Valley have moved elsewhere to find a livelihood, so a local fiesta is just the ticket for celebration with family and friends. In Restábal the fiestas are at Christmas, in May and in June.