Rubite is an ideal destination for nature lovers, with the perfect combination of the sierra together with both sandy and rocky beaches. It is considered to be the balcony to the coast from the Alpujarras mountains. It has about 400 inhabitants.




The origin of the word “Rubite” is the Mozarabism word for “blackberry”. The village’s foundation preceded the Islamic invasion but there is nothing written on the settlement until the eleventh century when it was then known as Rubayt, which means “Little Rábita”. Under Nasrid rule, from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century, the territory constituted by Sierra Lújar-Contraviesa corresponded to the Alpujarran Tahas of Sahuk, later called Suhayl by the Castilians (Great and Little Cehel). In these mountains the Berber peasants of the Contraviesa cultivated orchards that they irrigated with water from ancient springs and aquifers. More>


Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción
The church dates back to the seventeenth century with many features among which it is worth highlighting a wooden sculpture representing the scene of the passion of Jesus carrying the cross. It was the only carving that was saved from being burned during the Spanish Civil War. The image of the Virgen del Carmen is a carving of special interest both for its artistic quality and for its historical value, dating from the sixteenth century. The building has a rectangular floor plan covered with rough modern framework. Close to the head is the sacristy and the tower. The latter has a square floor plan, an opening with a semicircular arch on each side of the bell tower and a hipped roof. The walls are made of brick and masonry boxes and the entire exterior is whitewashed. At the foot it has a simple doorway framed by pilasters, with a cornice and a semicircular arch door. Located on Calle Iglesia. 

Things to see outside the town

Aljibe de la Loma de la Aljibe
Dating from the twelfth century, the cistern is built in masonry, with a half-barrel vault. According to local knowledge, it is possible that it belongs to the network of cisterns built during the Almohad times. Here, visitors will also find a viewpoint from where you can enjoy unbeatable views of the sea, the Sierra Nevada, the Sierra Lújar, Olías and Fregenite, etc. Located southwest of Rubite.

Aljibe de Los Arrastraderos
The rectangular cistern is built of masonry with a half-barrel vault ceiling. It is one of the few medieval livestock cisterns of which there remains evidence today. Located 3km north east of the town, near the Boquita de la Abuela area. 

Countryside Walks

Take one of the various routes out of the village, ideal for hikers and mountain bikers, where you can walk through olive, almond and carob groves. 


The gastronomy of Rubite is varied, with a clear mix between sea and sierra produce. Typical dishes include sopa zalamandroña (soup made with sardines and pumpkin), migas (a dish made with breadcrumbs, garlic, olive oil and other ingredients) and choto al ajillo (veal with garlic).

Bus Service

There are no bus services to or from Rubite.


Popular festivals in Rubite are Fiestas en Honor a la Virgen del Rosario, Carnaval Campesino, Día de Andalucía and Fiestas de San Antón. More> 

Weather Forecast

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Tourist Office

The tourist office of Rubite is located in the Town Hall. More>

Nearby Places

The neighbouring villages to Rubite are Lújar and Sorvilán.