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The Genal Valley: Quick facts
- The Genal Valley is so called, as it is a valley through which the River Genal flows
- Although not a protected natural area, it is worthy of such a distinction, due to its diversity of flora, fauna and distinctively rural character.
- It covers 33,810 hectares.
- The village of Júzcar cannot be considered to be a “white” village, since it is painted blue! It was chosen for the filming of the Smurfs latest screen adventure, and villagers decide to keep their new identity!
- It is an area of outstanding natural beauty, whose historically difficult access and low economic value has kept it “secret” from the nearby Costa del Sol modern progress…
- The chestnut is the symbol of the Genal Valley, and one of the most important industries in the area, with autumn production being exported throughout Europe.
- Several towns and villages celebrate Easter Sunday by creating a garden allotment with flowers, fruit and vegetables, singing and dancing celebratory songs, and either hanging or burning a representation of Judas.
- It is also common in the area to hold wine festivals, where the first treading of local grapes is celebrated in the height of summer.
- Benadalid, a truly Arabic named village, holds its annual Moors v Christians festival in August: but do not worry, it is a very civilized celebration, where no-one wins or loses!
- In November, coinciding with the local religious celebration, Pujerra organizes the Chestnut Festival, with products incorporating chestnuts and even alcoholic liqueurs, in addition to the adjudication of the “Chesnut tree of the year” prize!
- Each Christmas, Benarrabá recreates Epiphany, with scenes from the visit of the Three Wise Kings to Christ, and the giving of presents to the children present.