Monachil is a municipality in the province of Granada, Spain. As of 2018, it has a population of 7,826 inhabitants. It lies around 8 km from the city of Granada. It borders the municipalities of Huétor Vega, Cenes de la Vega, Pinos Genil, Güéjar Sierra, Dílar, La Zubia and Cájar.

Monachil
municipality
Flag of Monachil
Official seal of Monachil
Location of Monachil
Location of Monachil
CountrySpain
ProvinceGranada
MunicipalityMonachil
Area
 • Total90.13 km2 (34.80 sq mi)
Elevation
792 m (2,598 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total7,826
 • Density87/km2 (220/sq mi)
Websitehttp://www.monachil.es/

Within the municipality of Monachil there are three distinct population centres: the old village, often referred to as Monachil Pueblo, the newer Barrio de la Vega and Pradollano, the resort village at the Sierra Nevada Ski Station. The ski station hosted the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1996, the 2015 Winter Universiade, and the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships 2017.

The name Monachil comes from the Arabic منستير (monastir), a word of Greek origin meaning "monastery".[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ José María Calvo Baeza, Nombres de lugar españoles de origen árabe, Madrid: Darek-Nyumba, 1990.

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Coordinates: 37°07′55″N 3°32′20″W / 37.13194°N 3.53889°W / 37.13194; -3.53889