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Cónchar



DESCRIPTION


It is a municipality in the province of Granada. It belongs to the region of the Lecrín Valley. It is formed by the union in 1974 of two towns: Cónchar y Cozvíjar. The Town Hall is located in the latter. Villamena is the main wine producer in the Valley.
The town of Cónchar belongs to the municipality of Villamena, it is located in the Lecrín Valley or ''Valle de la Alegria '' (name given by the Arabs when they were settled there). It is located at the foot of the Sierra de las Albuñuelas - at an altitude of 679 m. - and next to the river Dúrcal. It is a rural place with 360 inhabitants full of orange and lemon trees, vineyards, almond trees, olive trees and other fruit trees and from where you can take beautiful walks. It has an excellent geographical location: 15 minutes from Granada capital, 20 minutes from the Costa Tropical, 40 minutes from Sierra Nevada and 20 minutes from Lanjarón, the entrance to the Alpujarra.
The location of this town is beautiful to enjoy its landscapes, such as the deep gorge of the Dúrcal river just before arriving at the town, the view of the urban area from the access road.

  • Number of Inhabitants: 360
  • Distance from the Capital: 24 km


GASTRONOMY

The gastronomy of Cónchar is marked by the agricultural resources of the area. Among its typical products, we highlight its famous wines, dried tomatoes, orange and cod soaking, and the Pomegranates: famous in our province. They are characterized by a very red and hard grain.

PARTIES

→ La fiesta del Mosto (January 6th). A popular festival where the small harvesters of the town donate wine from their crops. This wine is served in the town square, totally free. Normally you can buy a glass or a ceramic pitcher from Granada that you can fill as many times as you can empty, they are a nice souvenir of this festival and the town. The wine is served, also for free, with conchúo soaking as a tapa. It is also possible to eat pinchitos, meat, sausages and other products, but these have to be paid for. The origin of this festival goes back to 1984, when the Brotherhood of Ánimas de Cónchar decided to create a festival to give an outlet to the village's wines.
→ La Rifa de las Ánimas (January 1st). A popular auction of local products, especially agricultural products. It is a centenary celebration. The funds collected are for the expenses of the parish and the festivities. The day before, the stewards of the Hermandad de Animas collect the objects donated by the neighbours, which are auctioned in the church square.
→ Romería de la Cruz (3 May), in which decorated tractors are paraded to Marchena.
→ The fiestas of San Roque (15,16 and 17 August), the town's patron saint, which are celebrated with processions, street parties, cucañas and fireworks.
→ Pilgrimage of Santiago and verbena (25th July). Traditional festival held every year. People in peñas go to the river to spend the day. In the evening a verbena is organised in the sports centre with live music and a bar with food and drink.

SPORTS

These beautiful towns allow both their inhabitants and visitors to carry out outdoor activities, and thus enjoy their landscapes.
In both towns it is typical the game of dominoes and brisca in the bars, the charpas in the parties; as well as the activities of hunting partridge, hare and rabbit.
In the Municipal School of Music and Dance of Villamena, located in the Rural School of Villamena, in the afternoons, one in Cozvíjar and another in Cónchar you can study the disciplines of Music and Movement, Musical Language, Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, Percussion and Flute.

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Saint Pedro Church


The church of Cónchar, dedicated to San Pedro, was designed by Ambrosio de Vico under the archbishop of Pedro de Gómez de Mendoza. The first church was demolished in 1607 and the tower was preserved as a good work. In 1610 Vico gives the traces and conditions of the new one and the construction begins by Antonio Bermúdez mason and Alonso López Zamudio carpenter who finished it in 1614.

It has a rectangular plan with the tower and the sacristy on the left side of the presbytery; the walls are made of masonry and brick. The nave with the high altar is covered with a smooth limabordón armour with only rectangular plywood at the ends of the almizate and the same braces; the corbels are made of open S-shaped cardboard and all the papes are profiled. A few years ago it was restored, keeping only the braces but following the primitive style in the rest.

Other important repairs have been carried out. The first one in 1809 when Alejo Guerrero was paid 3,000 reals to gather materials for the work of the church of Conchar and in the same year to his parish priest 2,211. Also after the earthquake of 1844 part of the tower had to be demolished and rebuilt. It has a square floor plan and a central buttress in the first body, which is the primitive, which is a sign of antiquity; the body of bells has several smooth ones and everything is whitewashed outside like the rest of the church, except for the façade. It has a traditional brick doorway but is a little more ornate than usual, with Tuscan pilasters, an excessively high corbel (in the appraisal it is called a taja) and pyramids at the ends.


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