Patrimonio y Monumentos

Imbued by the traditional history of the sugar cane, the cultural heritage of Motril combines the Arabian and Christian influences all around the town. From the Virgen de la Cabeza Sanctuary located at the top of a hill to the Cardinal Belluga sculpture at the entrance of the Encarnación Church,  here you will find religious buildings together with the remains of the cultural heritage which was for Motril its distinguishing mark: the chimneys and the mills of the sugar factories. The Preindustrial Sugarcane Museum that includes technological recreations and archeological material, located on the remains of the Palma Sugar Refinery, from the XVIth Century, is the only sugar establishment from the preindustrial Spain that is partially conserved.  Without forgetting, amongst others, the History Museum, the Hernández Quero Art Centre, The Calderón de la Barca Theatre, the Casa de la Condesa de Torre-Isabel, the Montero Rum Bodega and the Geomining Centre. The religious images which parade around go the streets of the town during the Easter Week also show a great variety of the heritage found in Motril.

 

 

Daily open from 10:30-13 and 18-20 h. 
The Sanctuary was built upon the ruins of a Nasrid palace, which was the residence of the Queen Aixa Alhorra, Boadbil’s mother. After lying in a ruinous condition, the temple was built from 1631 onwards by Isidro de la Chica, who designed...
Free Admission
Daily open
Located below the Ntra. Sra. de la Cabeza Sanctuary, this park is home to more than 50 types of exotic and subtropical trees and bushes brought from different American countries, each one displayed with its explanatory board. In the...
3.00€
Young: 
2.00€
Retiree: 
2.00€
Group: 
2.00€*
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 18:00 to 20:00 h. Sundays 10:00 to 14:00 h.
It is possible to discover the manufacturing and commercialisation sugar processes between the 13th and 18th centuries. There, you will find original scale reproductions of mills and wooden presses as well as the rooms for cooking and...
Free Admission
Monday to Friday from 10:30 to 13:30h.
It was built from 1510 to 1514 upon the antique Alixara mosque, in an area located to the north of the place which had been the centre of the Nasrid village. The master builder from Granada, Alonso Márquez built a Gothic-Mudejar style...
Please note that visits must be booked in advanced.
It is an Italianate building with neo-classic decoration which dates back to 1880. Nowadays, it is totally renovated preserving its original appearance and it has been declared as Heritage of Cultural Interest monument. Regarding its size...
Free Admission
Monday to Friday from 8 to 15 h.
The existing building dates back to 1631 and it was built upon the ruins of a previous building which was destroyed by the gun powder explosion produced due to a berber attack in 1620. It is a masterpiece of the local master builder Isidro...
Monday to Friday from 8 to 15 h.
This lordly Andalusian building was built during the second half of the 18th century. Restored and converted into a museum-house, it is nowadays the headquarters of the town cultural centre. It must be mentioned its central courtyard...
3.00€
Young: 
2.00€
Retiree: 
2.00€
Group: 
2.00€*
Tuesday to Saturday mornings 9:45-14:15 h.  Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 16-18 h.  Wednesday afternoons 17.30-19 h.  Friday afternoons 17-20:30 h.  Saturday afternoons 17-19:30 h. 
In the History Museum of Motril, the local history is told with scientific rigour in a didactic and direct way. Various communication and information systems based on the use of new technologies, gain prominence as a way to reach the...
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday at 12 h for a guided tour in Spanish, and at 13 h in English.  For visits outside these hours or groups, please contact the Rum Montero Bodega.
Founded in 1963 by Mr. Francisco Montero Martín. It belongs to a family who has a great tradition in products derived from sugar cane and owner of important sugar factories and distilleries (Guadalfeo Sugar Factory and Montero Sugar...
Temporarily closed
The mining centre of the Cerro del Toro, located to the north of the town, shows us different mining eras through the remains from that period when this place worked as a mine. Every single detail can be seen through an interesting...
Free Admission
Mondays to Saturdays in the mornings.
Building with a clear, simple and useful structure, with two floors and a central stairway which is the symmetry axis of both patios. It is place for the market of the town. We can find here butchers’, fish markets, greengrocers, coffee...
Free Admission
The origin of this house dates back to the existence of the sugar factory, which had belonged to a Moorish. Then, it was confiscated by the Crown, and afterwards it was rented by Lucas Palma, a Genoese trader, after a revolt in 1569. From...
Open when there are exhibitions.
A magnificent temporary exhibitions room with more than 800m2 (8,611.13 ft²) located in the Ntra. Sra. Del Pilar Sugar Factory. In the same site there is a restaurant "Museo del Azúcar". In a near future, everybody will have the...
Temporarily closed.
This centre shows a complex and ancient elaboration process of sugar. This fact led Motril to become the capital of this product in Europe and it is mainly focused on botanical and scientific aspects of the sugar, using the cane as the...
3.00€
Group: 
6.00€*
Monday to Friday, from 11 to 16 h.Please note that visits must be booked in advanced.
Visitors can enjoy the unique colonial small palace from the 19th century as well as the historical, botanical gardens from the 18th century and a guide is available. Rural visits are also offered around its tropical vegetable garden with...
Free Admission
Fortress in front of the coast, which was built in 1777 under the region of Carlos III to protect the coast from pirate attacks. It is a four-cornered building with a parade ground and a front ravelin, which was an outstanding work of the...
Free Admission
The current small leaning tower locally known as El Farillo was built by the builder Juan Alonso. In 1762, El Farillo was guarded by a Corporal, three lighthouse keepers and three infantry soldiers; it could also have 8 pounds cannons. Due...
Free Admission
Built during the 17th century in honour of Saint Roque, declared Patron Saint of the town during the epidemic in 1583. In the 18th century, the church started to be dedicated to the Virgen del Carmen. It is a pre-baroque style church with...
This church dates back to 1604 and it was founded by Mr. Alonso de Contreras for the Mínimos de la Victoria friars who were living there until they were expelled during the first third of the 19th century. The most outstanding of the...
Located in the town centre, part of the city which used to be the Jewish quarter from Motril, whose Jewish inhabitants were expelled from 1492. Although it is a very small building, it has suffered from many changes. Due to its decoration...
Free Admission
Located to the north of the town, it was erected during the 17th century and it was dedicated to San Antonio, declared Patron Saint of the town due to the plague in 1679. Its architectural style is Baroque.
This church is a clear representation of the convent architecture of this ecclesiastic Order and it was built during the second half of the 17th century. It shows a very stark Mudejar style having a single nave without any type of...
It is located in the south side of the convent and it has a Latin cross floor, with a simple transept. It has a covered atrium with two levels widely separated by an impost. The limited main nave is covered by a barrel-vaulted ceiling with...
Monday to Saturday.Please note that visits must be booked in advanced.
An area dedicated to popular arts and traditions.
Monday to Friday from 15 to 21 h.
The Centre of Art Hernández Quero reflects the commitment of Motril to keep the local cultural heritage and allow people to know the work made by one of the most important artists from Granada during the second half of the 20th Century...