Valle de Lecrín

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Valle de Lecrín
Comarca
Location in the province of Granada and Andalusia.
Location in the province of Granada and Andalusia.
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Andalusia
Province Granada
Capital Dúrcal
Municipalities
Population (2006)
 • Total 22,497
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Valle de Lecrín is a Comarca in the province of Granada, Andalusia, southern Spain.

Lecrín derived from Arabic Iqlim, meaning "gateway": this refers to a small area of land situated between the villages of Mondújar and Talará, which controlled the access to the vast coastal areas of sugar production in Moorish times.

Apart from Dúrcal and Padul, agriculture and farming remain the principal occupation with pine, citrus, almond, olive and grape as the main crops. In more recent times it has become a popular destination for Spanish and international holidaymakers looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday amongst the orchards, but with easy reach to the beautiful Moorish city of Granada and the relatively unspoilt Costa Tropical. It is also a favourite destination for walkers, bird watchers, cyclists and artists.

An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Lecrin Valley is famous for its verdant landscape (due to the melt-water run off from the Sierra Nevada) and its amazing views to lake Beznar and up to the Sierra Nevada mountains, its walks, birdlife and amazing spring colours.

Municipalities[edit]

Coordinates: 36°59′N 3°34′W / 36.983°N 3.567°W / 36.983; -3.567