Montefrío – The Andalusian village with the famous view

Montefrio was named by National Geographic in 2015 as “one of the ten villages with the best views in the world”. And of course…we wanted to find out if that is true!

Montefrío is about 60 km from Granada . By car you drive through a landscape of olive groves and crop fields before reaching the village of Montefrío. The massive and impressive rock on which was built the small church and the Castillo is visible from a great distance. Below are lined up the whitewashed Andalusian houses inhabited mostly by olive farmers.

We recommend to park your car near the Plaza de España, from where you can climb up to the Castillo. The walk goes through narrow streets and white houses. You will cross cats, dogs and only a few locals. It is quite a steep climb up the hill but in 20 minutes you arrive at the Castillo and can enjoy the beautiful view over the village and the olive groves. The church now contains a small history museum which can be entered for €2 (collect you ticket from the tourist office before climbing up). 

We were visiting the castle early in the morning and were the only visitors at this early hour. Most people only stop their car at the Mirador National Geographics, take pictures and continue to explore the area. But this small andalusian village definitely worth more than just a quick stop.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Montefrío is just one hour drive from Granada and a great trip for an afternoon. You can rent your car at the airport (we recommend) or take a bus from Granada

STROLLER FRIENDLY:

If you are decided to climb up to the top better take your baby carrier.

EAT/DRINK:

There is a selection of traditional tapas bars and restaurants in town and one grocery store with a nice selection of regional products. Montefrio is famous for producing both chorizo and salchichon sausages, and morcilla, which is black pudding. 

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