The region of Otivar
Lands and the village had been a margraviate and always in the possession of the nobility until their expropriation by Franco. The territory of the municipality today extends far into the natural reserve of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. Another part of the area joined together as an agricultural cooperative. The municipality of Otivar, part of the coastal region, Costa Tropical, one of the 13 `comarcas´ of the province of Granada and is managed by the small town on the sea, Almunecar. Granada is one of the eight provinces of Andalusia. The provinces are named after the cities from which they are governed.
Otívar is one of the insider tips for hikers who like to lie down on the beach or swim in the sea after the tour. Deep ravines have cut into the more than 2000 meters towering limestone mountains. Rugged peaks, blossoming maquis and pine forests dominate the landscape. Ibexes can be spotted here occasionally. From the village a lane leads to the beautiful country estate of the former county. At the nearby waterfalls in the Rio Verde Valley swimming is possible. On another way, past orchards, one comes after a good hour in the pretty neighboring village Lentegi with magnificent views of the mountains. Many ways are still known to the elder people in the village, as well as the stories of traders who once brought their goods from the sea over the mountains to the weekly market in Granada.
The Alhambra and the Generalife, the Moorish gardens, as well as the city of Granada, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are not far from Otivar. Beautiful bays with clear waters and clean beaches are located near Almunecar.