Anna Kemp, Un Teatro Para Todos
Anna Kemp, director of the Open Air Theatre Project in Laroles, on the threshing-floor stage


Translated by Emma Cattle and Fiona Flores Watson

Laroles is the largest of four villages that make up the municipal district of Nevada.

It sits in between the rivers Bayárcal and La Ragua and is surrounded by lush chestnut groves. Within its village centre, the two churches are of interest to visitors. La Ermita de San Antón y San Sebastián was constructed in the 18th century and la Iglesia Parroquial de Nuestra Señora del Rosario in the mid-16th, however it was later reconstructed in the 19th century.  This church has a brick tower topped by a Byzantine dome. A fountain crowned with the Virgen de la Inmaculada is also worth seeing, and it attracts thousands of people per year.

The village is the starting point for the A-337 road which is the only road to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountain range by crossing the 'Puerto de la Ragua'.

Me Vuelves Lorca - Open Air Theatre

In 2015 a group of local theatre lovers formed an association and built a boutique theatre, whose stage is an old wheat-threshing circle, with hand-carved stone seating built into the hillside. The first summer season was 2015. The outdoor theatre has views across the Alpjuarra mountains. Named Un Teatro Entre Todos (a theatre between us all) is one of the most spectacularly located theatres in Spain; it seats 250. Read our blog post about building an open-air theatre.

The Laroles Theatre Festival takes place every summer in July and/or August. The 2020 edition was online and the team took a well-deserved break in 2022. The VII edition was entitled 'Bonsai edition' and took place on 4, 5 and 6 August 2023. There will not be a 2024 edition however the organisors are hoping to raise sufficient funding for a 2025 edition. Most of the theatre productions are in Spanish, the team and the website will helpfully recommend productions suitable for those with a basic knowledge of Spanish. More info at

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Cortijo Brazal La Ventaja

Set on the edge of Laroles, at the start of the Sierra Nevada National Park, Cortijo Brazal La Ventaja has a garden with a barbecue and terrace. All accommodation offers air conditioning, heating, a fireplace and garden views. Apartments come with a kitchen with a microwave, toaster, kitchenware, and coffee machine.


In January, Laroles celebrates the Fiestas de San Sebastián y San Antonio Abad. Festivities take place over three days and include street bands, a performance of the Moorish and Christians, concerts and fireworks. In Picena, between the end of January and the start of February, the Fiestas de la Candelaria y San Cecilio take place, also known as Fiestas de Invierno.




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