This small town is located in what is traditionally known as La Campana de Granada, an area surrounding the town of Granada from where the tolling of the bell of the Alhambra Vela could be heard. It is located on the right bank of the Río Bermejo, beside a small, red-walled ravine.
It is surrounded by some sections of the aqueduct and parts of the Canal de Albolote, built during the reign of Carlos III but left unfinished. Eventually it was replaced by the modern irrigation system fed from the nearby Embalse de Cubillas reservoir.
The discovery of a stone inscription in Latin proves the existence of a Roman settlement in this town. Although there are no reliable data regarding the foundation of Calicasas, it is known that it began as the ancient Roman town of Calicatros. Its current name comes from when it was under Arab domination, when the town was a farmstead near Granada. Throughout its history it has been linked with Cogollos, Nívar and Güevéjar. It was finally made independent in the mid-19th century. Today, its inhabitants mainly work in Granada.
Some of the olive growing here falls under the ‘Montes de Granada’ Denomination of Origin. It is used in many local dishes, which are often influenced by Arab cuisine. The most traditional specialities include Granada soup, stews, bean omelette and gazpacho. The meat specialities are mainly made with chicken, rabbit and game.