History of Polopos

History of Polopos

Polopos dates back to the Andalusi era. Los Ceheles were two Tahas located in the eastern most area of the Granada Coast. The Tahá located further to the East was called the Tahá de Sahil, normally more depopulated than its companion in the West due to the continuous incursions of Turkish corsairs and Barbary Moors. Several rural cisterns and water wheels remain as timeless witnesses of this Arab period, symbols of an undoubtedly prosperous agriculture.

With the Christian re-conquest the area became part of the Lordship of Albuñol. The expulsion of the Moriscos and agricultural re-conversion gave Polopos its current appearance, where vines and viticulture provided the area with important economic dynamism. Nowadays, the vines continue to be the great protagonist of the land, along with almond and fig trees.

During the Christian era, the proximity of the coast and the continuous threat of corsairs and Arabs led to the development of military architecture of great interest in the area. This defensive purpose gave rise to La Mamola, a nucleus located on the shores of the sea during the seventeenth century, Torre de Cautor; a place of undoubted historical significance. 

Over the years, a decrease in the number of raids by sea brought prosperity to the coastal area, where an increasing number of the population settled. This is how the mountain and seafaring character was consolidated, offering a rich and varied gastronomy in which we find the best of the sea and the best of the land. 

In December 1988, Polopos was the last Spanish town to replace the manual Telefónica centre with an automatic centre, culminating the total automation of the telephone service in Spain.

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