Alfacar

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The privileged location of the town and the purity of its water made this one of the favourite places of the ziríes monarchs. They retired to the area to spend “Pascua de los Alaceres”, the celebration of the autumn harvest.

You can access the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Huétor from here. The town is surrounded by the Sierra de la Alfaguara, and its Mediterranean climate helps the many pine and oak trees grow in abundance. There are many monuments from both the Arab and Christian period for tourists to visit, as well as a number of celebrations and traditional festivities in which participation is encouraged.

The first indications of the existence of a human settlement here are archaeological remains going back to the Neolithic era. However, the town was first founded in the Zirid period (1010-1090) when al-Fajjar (farmhouse of the potter or of clay) was first referenced. Al-Khatib and Ibn Battuta (14th and 15th centuries) both refer to it as place of leisure and later a place of bloodshed during the years of the Reconquista.

On 22nd December 1491 the Muslim inhabitants signed the Capitulation of Alfacar. Felipe II’s policy of expelling the Moors (1579) also affected this town. However it was later repopulated by several Castilian families. In one of the ravines between Alfacar and Víznar the poet Federico Garcia Lorca was assassinated.

The artisan bread, awarded the Indicación Geográfica Protegida, is of excellent quality and has made Alfacar and its flour-mills famous. Other traditional dishes are the alimoje with cod or eggs, and porridge with honey. Mushrooms are also frequently used in local recipes.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Granada and its surroundings
Postcode: 18170
Distance from Granada (km): 7
Number of inhabitants: 5107
People: Alfacareños
Web: www.ayuntamientodealfacar.es
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Excursions

Ermita de San Sebastián

Alfacar

This chapel is dedicated to Saint Sebastián, patron saint of Alfacar. It is located on a small hill by the road that leads up to the town. It was built in 1899 and inside it is decorated with a picture [...]

Iglesia parroquial de la Asunción

Alfacar

The parish church of the Assumption was built in 1557 from stone in Mudejar style. It is a rectangular building with a large chapel, separated by an archway. On the outside you will see a small tower, whose upper section [...]

Federico Garcia Lorca Park

Alfacar

The Parque Federico García Lorca is a memorial to the poet in the town in which it is believed he was assassinated on 18th August 1936. It is located in a beautiful place in the elevated part of the town of Alfacar, near the spring of the Fuente Grande.

Fuente Grande or Fuente de Aynadamar

Alfacar

The channelling of this spring dates back to the 11th century. The oval fountain used to provide water to Granada for centuries. Around it, palaces, mosques and fortified buildings were built and some of their foundations can still be seen [...]

Remains of Arab baths

Alfacar

In a house in the Placeta del Baño, near the parish church, there are the remains of Arab baths where local people would wash themselves. They were in use between the 13th and 15th centuries. The remains of two corridors [...]

Califate route

This route is altogether an adventure for the spirit: the two poles between which the fabulous cultural, religious, political and social legacy, which represents the stay of the Muslims in the peninsula, oscillates, with an almost moribund intensity.

Celebrations of San Sebastian

Alfacar

On the week before the celebration of the day of the Patron, they move the saint from the hermitage of San Sebastian to the High part of the village, to the neighbourhood of Las Canteras. In the hermitage located there [...]

Capacho Party

Alfacar

Arab tradition celebrated in the second Sunday of January, in which in the olden days fires were formed and they used to throw the old “capachos” (huge bags to transport the bread from Alfacar to the rest of Granada) and [...]

Night of San Juan

Alfacar

In the night of the 23rd of June the old ritual of washing the face at the fountains of the town is still done, a symbolic way to erase the negative that has happened along the year and to renovate [...]



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