Almuñécar, Bubión and Pampaneira join Film in Granada locations catalogue

Alpujarra streets and the Najarra Small Palace have joined the fifty filming locations in the province

Municipalities of Almuñécar, Bubión and Pampaneira are now included in the provincial catalogue of locations for film and television created by the Film in Granada office of the Provincial Council. The directory, available on the website, aims to promote the enormous potential of the province of Granada as an audiovisual set and already includes around fifty of these filming locations. This public database, aimed mainly at film, publicity and television producers and professionals, is conceived to make it easier to find locations throughout the province of Granada. 

The First Vice-President and Provincial Deputy for Culture and Historical Memory, Fátima Gómez, stated that “national and foreign producers have a great location directory on the Film in Granada website, whose content is now being expanded with new spaces in order to become a unique showcase of the enormous diversity of landscapes and film locations in our province. Municipalities have proposed the locations themselves as part of the Local Concertation programme which are selected and photographed with the help of specialised technical assistance”.

Interior detail of the Najarra  Small Palace (Almuñécar). Photo: Lucía Rivas / Film in Granada

On the one hand, three locations have been selected in the municipality of Almuñécar: the roman aqueduct of the “vega sexitana”, the Najarra Small Palace and the Castle of San Miguel. The majestic Small Palace of Najarra, dated from the 19th century, has a neo-Arabic style construction with a monumental garden of Andalusian style, and contains within its walls an essential part of the city’ s history. Located at a distance of less than an hour from the capital, this place is an ideal setting for television or film productions of a historical character related to Muslim culture. A few minutes from the small palace, crowning the municipality, stands the Castle of San Miguel, an Arab fortress that even became the residence of the Nasrid dynasty around the 12th century. From its heights it offers impressive views of the sea, the old town and the surrounding mountains.

Room of the Najarra Small Palace. (Almuñécar). Photo: Lucía Rivas / Film in Granada.
Wall Castle of San Miguel (Almuñécar). Photo: Lucía Rivas / Film in Granada
Aqueduct (Almuñécar). Photo: Lucía Rivas / Film in Granada 

On the other hand, municipalties of Bubión and Pampaneira, located in the Barranco de Poqueira, heart of the Alpujarra Granadina, have also been added to the catalogue of Film in Granada locations during the last month, offering some of the most characteristic spaces of each town.

Town council of Pampaneira has proposed the unusual Verónica Street, characterized by its narrowness and steepness, as well as by an irrigation channel that divides the street in two parts. The way goes from the Plaza de la Libertad to a viewpoint that offers wonderful views of the gully. Just a few metres away is the Public Laundry Area, a restored construction with the characteristic architecture of the villages of the Alpujarra. It has a rectangular floor plan and is made up of six wash basins, located in a building constructed in masonry with a flat slab roof and slate eaves. In addition, other picturesque streets of Pampaneira have been incorporated, such as Rodadera and Federico García Lorca streets.

Verónica Street (Pampaneira). Photo: Lucía Rivas / Film in Granada
Public laundry area (Pampaneira). Photo: Lucía Rivas / Film in Granada
Rodadera Street (Pampaneira). Photo: Lucía Rivas / Film in Granada

Located in Bubión is the Casa-Museo Alpujarreña, a traditional house of the area now turned into an ethnographic museum. The house contains hundreds of elements of traditional life in the region, including furniture from the last century, farm tools, tools and all kinds of domestic objects. On the surroundings of the municipality, there is the Fuente Hondera, a singular space where starts the path “Pueblos del Poqueira”, which goes down to Pampaneira and connects the three municipalities: Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira; and further on, its located the natural area of ” Las Eras”, situated next to the municipal Sports Centre.

Casa-museo alpujarreña (Bubión). Photo: Lucía Rivas / Film in Granada
Path “Pueblos del Poqueira” (Bubión). Photo: Lucía Rivas / Film in Granada
Natural área of “Las Eras (Bubión)”. Photo: Lucía Rivas / Film in Granada 

Purullena, Marchal y Lentegí, small municipalities with valuable locations

In the same way as the villages of Poqueira, the municipalities of Purullena, Marchal and Lentegí have recently joined the catalogue of Film in Granada locations. Among the selected spaces, the cave-houses of Purullena stand out, including those of “Complejo Hábitat Troglodita de Almagruz” and the cave-Museum “La Inmaculada”. The municipality of Marchal offers to film producers its characteristic “badlands” and gullies, whose appearance is due to the erosive action of water. Finally, Lentegí surprises with its characteristic landscape, which can be seen from its viewpoints, as well as its historic quarter, with its narrow and flower-filled streets, courtyards and white walls.

Cave-houses of Almagruz (Purullena). Photo: Lucía Rivas / Film in Granada
Badlands (Marchal). Photo: Lucía Rivas / Film in Granada
Historical centre (Lentegí). Photo: Lucía Rivas / Film in Granada 

Film in Granada’s technical assistance for film locations has been requested by 47 town councils in the province, through the Local Agreement 2022/2023 programme, and it’s expected that by the end of the period the number of spaces offered for all types of filming will have tripled. Now there are more than fifty locations available, each one with a gallery of images, a brief description and specification of characteristics, as well as geolocation, practical information and contact details.

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