Moclin – Granada

Moclin in Granada is a quiet and lovely town with a long history since the prehistoric era. In addition to the architectural testimonies such as the Arab castle or the sanctuary of Cristo del Pano. Moclin also offers various possibilities such as the Gollizno hiking route, the Atalayas route, and is well worth spending time surrounded by nature in an idyllic rural setting.

Local information

Ayuntamiento de Moclin
Plaza de Espana, 1, 18247 Moclin (Granada)
Telephone: 958-403-051

Health Clinic Bars, shops, restaurants Schools Municipal pool Beach
1h 15min
Golf nearby Granada 38km
Antequera 90km
Bus and train
Malaga airport
Granada airport
Seville airport


Main information

The first settlers of Moclin in Granada left traces of their lives in the rock paintings which are in the caves near to the Rio Velillos, close to the town.

The name of Moclin came from the denomination of the Arabic-Hispanic word ‘Hisn Iqlim’ or ‘castle of the district’, one of the thirty-three territorial demarcations (or “iqlim”) in which the Arabs divided the Kingdom of Granada.

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Other sources suggest that it could derive from ‘Hisn al-Muklin’ (‘castle of the pupils’). Moclin was known by both names by the Muslims.

In June 1280, the Disaster of Moclin in Granada took place in the town. The Castilian troops, composed mainly by members of the Orden de Santiago, were defeated by the Muslim troops of the King of Granada. For almost two centuries Moclin was on the border between the Reino de Granada and the Reino de Jaen, belonging to the Corona de Castilla. There were fights between the two kingdoms but there were also some peaceful times when commercial exchanges happened between both cultures, though they would never exchange weapons, horses or silver.

The definitive conquest of the town of Moclin in Granada took place in July 1486. The Queen Isabel de Castilla and Fernando de Aragon, los Reyes Catolicos, along with the Court of Castilla spent long periods in the castle of Moclin between 1486 and 1492, when the conquest of the city of Granada finally happened. After that event, lots of people from the north of Spain came to the town to live here, mainly form Galicia and Asturias and the main economic resource was the agriculture, and many of the people of the town became salaried peasants.


  • Romeria Cristo Del Pano (5th October) – Each year, lots of people come to the town to honour Cristo del Pano, which is a picture of Christ with the cross on his way to the mount of Calvary. The canvas, of great size, is a recreation of a book that is preserved in El Escorial and was commissioned by the Italian painter of Felipe II for his personal oratory. The devotion to this picture seems to be due to a miracle that happened to one of the inhabitants of the town who was cured of the “enfermedad del pano” (Eye cataracts). During four days, there are events in the town to celebrate this festivity and on the 5th of October, there is a procession of the Cristo del Pano.

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