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Nestled in the fertile valley of the Guadalfeo river, against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, sits the picturesque white-washed village of Vélez de Benaudalla. Its beautiful location affords visitors to Vélez de Benaudalla the opportunity to indulge in a variety of outdoor activities, such as hill walking, mountain biking, bird watching, and horse riding. The more adventurous can also arrange to take in the spectacular scenery via a hot air balloon flight from this Costa Tropical valley.

Often referred to as the "Gateway to the Costa Tropical", Vélez de Benaudalla is a short drive from the popular coastal towns of Motril, Salobreña and Almuñécar and is conveniently placed to reach the new stretch of motorway recently opened between the coast and Granada City.

Although Vélez de Benaudalla is a very traditional and historic town there remain many examples of its moorish past, in particular the narrow streets of the old town encompassing enchanting houses that reflect the town's rich history. Some examples of its heritage are the Arabic Fortress, the Church of the Rosario, and the Jardin Nazari, the latter having been inspired by the architecture within Granada's Alhambra Palace.

Over the last few years modern homes have been constructed that sit comfortably alongside their traditional Spanish neighbours. In the busy town centre can be found some excellent tapas bars together with an assortment of local shops, bakers, banks, estate agents and pharmacies.

Vélez de Benaudalla, like all Spanish towns, loves its fiestas, and each year over the weekend closest to June 13th, the town holds its annual festival, including a re-enactment of the infamous 16th Century Moors V Christians battle. This 4 day fiesta is the highlight of the year in Vélez and has all the ingredients for a good time, including music, dancing, copious eating and drinking opportunities, processions, and not forgetting fireworks displays. For more information on the Moors and Christians battle click here.