Local Areas

 

LojaMontefrioGranadaAlhama De GranadaHuetor Tajar

 

Loja

Near the A-92 highway, with its own railway and bus station. Only 30 minutes from Granada Airport and 50 minutes from Malaga Airport. Its ideal situation in the geographical centre of Andalusia is unrivalled. From Loja you can travel to any Andalucian province capital in less than 2 hours.

You can start your visit in the Centre for the Historical Interpretation of Loja's Past, housed in the attractive 15th-century Antigua Casa de Cabildo, on the Plaza de la Constitución, where the most renowned citizens of Loja of all ages will tell you about the history of the city through interactive media. The local cuisine can be sampled in a big variety of restaurants and tapas bars, You will also find some typical products of the land such as olive oil, trout or the Roscos de Loja (Ring shaped cakes coated in meringue)

Loja is a part of the Route of Washington Irving and offers the visitor a taste of the Arabian and Christian legacy. The varied geography and beautiful landscape of the territory allows the practice of many activities for the active tourist. The Sierra de Loja offers challenging mountain faces for mountaineering, a permanent station for hang-gliding and well sign posted routes for trekking and cycling.

The visitor may also enjoy the practice of fishing in the fishing reserve of Riofrio, one of the region's most breathtakingly beautiful spots. The waterfalls of Los Infiernos (declared Natural Monument) is one of the amazing and attractive natural landscapes to be seen in Andalusia.

In a narrow valley dominated by the barren limestone massif of the Sierra de Loja, this small town - divided in two by the Genil river - is situated on the western edge of the fertile vega (plain) of Granada, with its undulating countryside of olive groves and cereal fields. Occupying what was historically an important strategic position, Loja acted as a defensive centre under the Moors, who exploited the town's geographical location to guard the plain. Its military significance as a Moorish stronghold can be seen today in the remnants of walls and a tower of the former Islamic Alcazaba (citadel).

Loja also has several interesting churches, the best of which is the 16th-century Iglesia de San Gabriel, designed by Diego de Siloé, which has many fine Renaissance architectural features. Built over the site of an old mosque, the Iglesia de Santa María de la Encarnación was designed by the neoclassical architect Ventura Rodríguez and has Gothic and Mudéjar elements and an elegant belfry.

For more information contact the tourist office in Calle Comedias, on 958 323 949.

Montefrio

Lost in the rolling hills of olive groves in the north-western reaches of Granada Province, at 2,500 feet above sea level, the picturesque town of Montefrio, standing well away from the region's beaten paths, has conserved much of its traditional charm. It is famous all over Spain for the wedge-shaped cliff overlooking the village and crowned with the great Gothic church of La Villa, itself built on the dismantled foundations of the fortress built by the Moors of Granada, in their ultimately useless attempt to keep out the encroaching Christian armies of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella  .

Several miles away to the east is the vast wilderness of meadows, cliffs and caves known as "Las Peñas de los Gitanos", home to several hundred megalithic tombs or "dolmens". It was here that Montefrio was born, 5,000 years ago (the site of the original Copper Age village has been recently excavated), subsequently being the home of Romans, Visigoths and Arabs - the last of whom chose to move westward where the great up thrust of rock provided the ideal conditions for a military fortress.

For more information contact the tourist office which can be found in Plaza de España, on 958 336 004

. Granada

Granada is the capital of the province with the same name, situated in the eastern part of the region of Andalusia. Geographical and scenic diversity characterises the land. There is the coastal area with its warm climate; the extensive, fertile Genil plain; and the mountainous regions with a colder climate, where you find the 3,481 meter Mulhacén, the biggest peak on the peninsula of Spain. The city of Granada is located at the foot of theAlhambra sierra Nevada mountains at the confluences of the Darro and Genil rivers. Its unique history has bestowed it with an artistic grandeur embracing Moorish palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures. As the last Moorish capital on the Iberian peninsula, it also holds great symbolic value.

The city of Granada has been shaped by the hills, where the old districts in the Albaicín and the Alhambra were founded, brimming with steep, narrow streets, beautiful nooks and crannies, and marvellous landscapes. The new part of the city is situated on the plain, crisscrossed by the large arteries of Gran Vía de Colón and Calle de los Reyes Católicos, and where the busy streets around the Cathedral are found.

The Moors crossed the strait of Gibraltar in 711 and settled in what was then a small Visigoth town perched atop the Alhambra hill. Here they settled, erected walls and laid the foundation for the prosperous civilization that would follow. It was in the 9th century when Granada rose to importance after the fall of the Caliphate of Córdoba. Its splendour was reached in 1238, when Mohammed ben Nasar founded the Nasrid dynasty, and the kingdom of Granada stretched from Gibraltar to Murcia. This dynasty bore twenty kings until King Boabdil was forced to surrender Granada to the Catholic monarchs, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, in 1492. During three centuries, a magnificent and rich Islamic culture flourished, leaving Granada with architectural marvels of the calibre of the Alhambra, declared a World Heritage Site, along with the Generalife and the Albaicín.

Alhama de Granada

Alhama de Granada is a pretty, ancient spa town located approximately 53 kilometres from Granada. It is perched precariously at the top of a ravine from where the Rio Alham carves through otherwise rolling countryside. There are 6000 inhabitants in the town, and its picturesque location and thermal springs attract many visitors.

Balneario (Spa)

To find the springs, take the turn-off beside the modern bridge over the Rio Alham and follow this for a kilometre or so, through a dramatic gorge. The therapeutic, thermal springs at the Alhama´s Balneario have been channelled into baths since Roman times.

Around 12.30pm daily during the spa's opening season (10 June to 10 October), you can go inside the Hotel Balneario to look at the horseshoe-arched Muslim bath house, which will cost you just a small fee. In front of the hotel is a small woodland park with a natural hot pool, which is open to the public during the season from 11am to 2pm and 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

For more information contact the tourist office on 958 36 06 86.

Huetor Tájar

Our local town, filled with bars, restaurants and shops, is bustling and busy. We have a newly opened public swimming pool with bar and restaurant.

It is probable that Huétor derives from the Arab word wadi, meaning "river", and Tájar from the name of the defensive tower (Tahara, apocope of Taharal), which is still preserved in the village. The Moor's intricate irrigation system is still in use today, allowing a wide range of crops to be grown.
 

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