Castilléjar

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The Castilléjar district is located in a fertile valley that extends to the banks of the Río Galera and the Río Guardal. It has many archaeological sites and some of the most spectacular landscapes in the region. Here the Iberian necropolis Balunca Castro is located, dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries BC. It has many Prehistoric caves, some of which are still used as homes. Other points of interest are the Iglesia Parroquial church and the Casa del Tercio, as well as the natural spaces the Sierra de La Sagra and the Sierra Castril.

At the entrance of the village there is an old iron bridge dating back to the early 20th century, and if you follow the Camino de Castilléjar you reach the Baños de Bartolo or Fuente Hedionda. Castilleja has an artificial lake perfect for bathing. Although in poor condition, the ovens that produced plaster and lime can also be seen here.

Castilléjar has had settlers since Prehistoric times, with remains still visible at archaeological sites such as the Cuevas de Guardal. There are traces of an Iberian town from the 6th and 5th centuries BC, later home to the Basti tribes. The Arabs also occupied this territory and called it Morería, until in 1488 it was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs and fell under the rule of the House of Alba.

The town was particularly prominent during the Moorish rebellion in the late 16th century and was consequently severely punished. The Moors were expelled and the city was repopulated with settlers from the Basque country, Navarre and Aragon.

In Castilléjar you can find a variety of game and fish dishes. In addition, the magnificent lamb from the region is used in many roasted and stewed dishes. Pastries are also excellent as are the doughnuts, cakes and delicious peaches.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: El Altiplano: Baza and Huescar
Postcode: 18818
Distance from Granada (km): 139
Number of inhabitants: 1606
People: Castillejaranos
Web: www.castillejar.es
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Iglesia parroquial de la Inmaculada Concepción

Castilléjar

This is a Mudejar church built in 1657 on the site of a former mosque. The church is dedicated to Immaculate Conception and inside there is a beautiful head of Christ carved in wood as well as a coloured image [...]

Ecomuseo

Castilléjar

This museum is a space was used to promote the understanding and knowledge of local crafts and customs particular to this region. Here the typical cave dwellings are on display as well as information about and artefacts relating to wickerwork, [...]

Casa del Tercio or Casa de la Tercia

Castilléjar

This house belonged to the Duke of Alba. It was here that the inhabitants of Castillejos formerly paid their rent – one third of their crops. For this reason it was called Casa del Tercio (literally one third) or Tercia. [...]

Caves by the bank of Guardal river

Castilléjar

Also known as La Moreria, archaeological sites and artefacts were discovered in these caves, indicating that there were human settlements dating back to the Prehistoric period. A few years ago some swords with curved blades were found here, which are [...]

Iberian settlement of Castro de la Balunca

Castilléjar

It houses a cemetery that dates from the VI and V b.C, one of most important of the region. Many archaeological rests have been found as well.

Celebrations in honour of the Virgen de la Candelaria. Celebrations of the Immigrant

Castilléjar

The so called “Small Fair” is celebrated so the villagers that leave to work during the spring and summer season and who can not assist to the celebrations of August, can celebrate them in February. The program for these days [...]

Celebrations in honour of Santo Domingo de Guzmán

Castilléjar

Castilléjar celebrates the celebrations in honour of Santo Domingo de Guzman, patron of the town, during August. The program of the celebrations is formed by several religious events, as masses, parades and a procession with its carving. The celebration continues [...]



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