Casa la Cabra is located in the charming mountain-top, white-washed, village of Moclín, surrounded by traditional Andalusian olive groves and views of the Sierra Nevada range.
Guests have access to this historic village's amenities with the castle, bars, main plaza, and Camino Mozarbe de Santiago less than a five minute walk from the door.
The castellated, white-washed village of Moclín is situated atop a mountain, around 30km from the city of Granada. Its name is derived from Arab-Hispanic roots. Legend suggests that the name is taken from ‘Hisn al-Muklin’ – fortress of the pupils – indicating the castle’s strategic importance in the defense of the Alhambra. Indeed, one can see Moclín from the Alhambra, particularly when the castle is lit at night.
Moclín Castle sits above the village behind two defensive walls, the outer of which also encloses the church – the Encarnación de Moclín.
The current castle, built in the mid-14th century, utilizes a much older site, and is located 1,100m above sea level. It is surrounded by its own defensive network of watchtowers, which can be visited in the surrounding area. The castle played a vital strategic role controlling the route between Alcalá la Real and the Vega de Granada. Finally passing into the control of the Catholic Monarchs in 1486, following the end of a six-year siege.
The church houses the Santuario del Cristo del Paño. The image of Cristo del Paño, an oil painting, was carried as a standard by the army of the Catholic Monarchs during the Reconquest. It was passed to the population of Moclín for their strength and support during the siege.
The Romería del Cristo del Paño is celebrated every 5 October, when the painting is carried through the streets of the town.
A visit to Moclín is not complete without hiking the Ruta del Gollizno. The path utilizes a section of the Camino Mozárabe de Santiago, before winding through a natural gorge created by the Río Velillos, and back up the mountainside to Moclín.