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Visit Soportujar In Southern Spain And Its Witches In 2024

Soportujar in winter
Witches around every corner in this village in the Alpujarras of Spain [Images Soportújar on Facebook]
Readers were recently introduced to two fascinating locations in Spain – one related to Vikings and the other to witches. However, that witch destination isn’t alone, as the small village of Soportujar also celebrates witchy things. Read on to find out what you can see in the village while on a day trip from Granada.

Soportujar in Spain and its witches

Fountain of witches
Witchy fountain [Images Soportújar on Facebook]
When glancing at the pretty white village of Soportujar on the hillside, it looks like any other of its kind. The village nestles in the Alpujarra region of Granada in Spain and is not just an ordinary place. Meanwhile, Soportujar boasts that it is the home of witches and its narrow, cobbled streets reveal fascinating “proof” of that fact.

Casting spells
Casting spells [Images Soportújar on Facebook]
Moreover, strolling through the pretty, narrow alleyways reveals beautiful white homes, pretty flowers and offers a spooky feeling while exploring. As visitors stroll, they never know what they are going to find around the next corner. There are witches, clustered around a cauldron, giant spiders and quaint street signs hung on a witch’s broom.

About the village’s history

Around town
Around town [Images Soportújar on Facebook]
The village of Soportujar traces its history back to the 13th century, when it was first occupied by the Moors. Meanwhile, when the Castilian forces took back the country, the tiny village became a Christian location. While the streets still display signs of witches and paganism, the village still celebrates all the Catholic feast days.

While there is a history of witches and other supernatural beings in the village, the town’s authorities wanted to attract tourism to aid the local economy. Much like the famous Smurf village of Juzcar, a white village painted blue to celebrate the release of the movie, they believed the witchy and supernatural side would attract visitors. Meanwhile, it officially became the town of witches in 2007.

Around Soportujar
Spider and magical broom [Images Soportújar on Facebook]
Meanwhile, houses in the village still have street numbers, but they often feature a witch on her broomstick. As mentioned above, the street signs feature smiling broomsticks, while the village’s central fountain features witches stirring their cauldron, and snakes appear on the walls. Visitors can even find a broomstick or two to take selfies on while a giant spider looks on.

Hansel and Gretel

Gingerbread house from Hansel and Gretel
Gingerbread house from Hansel and Gretel [Images Soportújar on Facebook]
Amazingly, the witch’s colorful gingerbread house from Hansel and Gretel, set to attract unsuspecting children, also stands in one of the streets. There is literally a witchy or supernatural display around every corner, while streets often bear signs of the witches’ magical spells.

In 2018, it was revealed that Soportujar had only 266 residents, but they are all friendly and happy to welcome travelers to their magical streets.

Street signs in the village
Street signs in the village [Images Soportújar on Facebook]
When visiting the historic city of Granada, make sure to take a day trip to Soportujar and share its unique, Instagrammable attractions with your friends and family. The village is a 1 hr 8 min drive away on the A-44. On the way back, take a detour from the main highway to explore other attractive white villages in the Alpujarras of Granada, Spain.

 

 

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