Region Vega de Granada


This region is located in the center of the province and includes the capital of Granada and part of the Sierra Nevada. Granada has an excellent connection to the coast with the A44 motorway that takes you to the beach in 30 minutes. In the north it is connected to the motorway to Jaen. The east of the district contains the Sierra Nevada including the ski resort Pradollano. The west of the district is known as the Vega; a rich flat surface that is mainly used for agriculture.


Demographic characteristics

The “Instituto de Estadística y Cartografía de Andalucía” annually determines the number of inhabitants. Hereby the figures are taken from the municipal registrations. We have looked at the country of birth of the people who were registered in a municipality in the Vega de Granada region in 2017.

The figures show the following: in the Vega de Granada region a total of 42,022 foreigners lived in 2017, which was 7.74% of the population. Of this, 12,098 people were European, which was 2.23% of the total population in the Vega de Granada region. The largest groups of foreigners were: Americans (15.574), Africans (11.165), Moroccans (8.154) and Argentines (3.139). The largest groups of Europeans are French (2,423), Germans (2,405) and Romanians (1,711). At least according to statistics, many Europeans are not registered in the municipality.

The majority of Europeans live in:

  • Granada: 4,700 people corresponding to 2.02% of the population. The largest group are the Germans with 760 people.
  • Armilla: 702 people corresponding to 2.92% of the population. The largest group is the Romanians with 179 people.
  • La Zubia: 547 people corresponding to 2.88% of the population. The largest group are the Germans with 117 people.
  • Las Gabias: 532 people corresponding to 2.62% of the population. The largest group are the French with 131 people.

However, if we look at the number of foreigners as a percentage of the total population, other names will appear:



Aeropuerto Federico García Lorca Granada- Jaén: this airport is located next to the city of Granada. The distance from Granada to the airport is 20 km (25 minutes). There are a total of 12 destinations, including London and Naples. Click here for all destinations.

Málaga-Costa del Sol aeropuerto: this airport is located just outside the city of Malaga. The distance from Granada to the airport is 135 km (1 hour and 25 minutes). There are a total of 110 destinations, including Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Cork, Doncaster, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradfort, Liverpool,  London, Manchester, New Castle, Shannon, Southend Sen. Click here for all destinations.


Climate of the Vega de Granada

The climate is warm and temperate in Granada. The winter months are much rainier than the summer months. According to Köppen and Geiger, this climate is classified as Csa. The average annual temperature is 15.5 ° C. Precipitation averages 450 mm. The driest month is July with 5 mm of rain and most precipitation falls in December, averaging 63 mm. The warmest month of the year is July, with an average temperature of 25.5 ° C. January is the coldest month, with temperatures averaging 7.0 ° C (Source:


Nature in the region Vega de Granada

The region has several national parks / nature parks such as the Sierra Nevada nature and national park and Sierra de Huetor nature park. Sierra Nevada can be accessed through the villages of Güéjar Sierra, La Zubia, Monachil and Dílar. In July and August a gondola lift can take you up to 2900 meters. The nature parks have several marked hiking and mountain bike trails. There are also several lakes, such as Embalse de Cubillas, Embalse de Canales and Embalse de Quentar. The region is rich in natural caves; Sierra de Huétor has only more than 30 natural caves, making your walking tour more exciting. Like the other regions, this region has thermal waters. In the Santa Fé on the countryside you can swim in a natural swimming pool (40 degrees) and take a natural shower underneath the waterfall. Do not forget to visit and take a walk in one of the most beautiful canyons in the province, los Cahorros de Monachil.


Villages in the region Vega de Granada

Together with the capital and part of the Granada district, you will find a number of villages linked to the city of Alhambra with their history. Places that share their heritage richness and originate in an environment that is characterized by the green lines of ‘choperas’ and the carefully cultivated fields. Villages such as Chauchina, Santa Fe, Fuente Vaqueros (village where Federico García Lorca was born) or Cijuela. The tradition says that in this village King Alhamar, founder of the kingdom of Granada, directed the repairs of the canal system and the irrigated land. The archaeological remains that date from prehistory to the Islamic period connect the cities of Vegas del Genil, Cúllar Vega or Churriana de la Vega.

Below an overview of all villages in the Vega de Granada region. Click on the photo to view more information and photos of each village. The villages are divided into three categories: tourist, authentic and other.


The most tourist and attractive villages



Most interesting villages (hidden secrets)



Other beautiful villages


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