Municipality: Campillo de Arenas
Regions: Sierra Mágina
Altitude: 747.295 m
The recreation area
Santa Lucía Recreation Area is located in Puerta de Arenas, on one side of the Sierra Nevada motorway (A-44), and it belongs to the town of Campillo de Arenas, which is 7kms away from it.
The recreation area offers a number of interesting activities such as bird watching, a botanical garden, hiking routes, picnic areas and a leisure centre. There, you will be able to enjoy the fresh atmosphere of the bank of the River Guadalbullón.
The place is well known for the chapel of Santa Lucía, located at the far end of the tunnel that was inaugurated in 1840. The history of the chapel goes back to 1858 when it was firstly built, after several years collecting donations from devotees who went to Puerta de Arenas to pray to the Saint. Before the chapel was built, the Saint was depicted in a painting upon one of the walls of the tunnel.
From the 19th century, a religious pilgrimage is celebrated at this place every year on Pentecost Sunday. It is a very popular pilgrimage in neighbouring towns.