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Situated on the left bank of the Río Cubillas on the edge of the Montes Orientales and the Vega de Granada, Deifontes is located next to the famous spring that sometimes reaches a flow of a thousand litres per second. Its name comes from Latin, meaning ‘fountains of God’. In the Muslim period, it was called Dialfates, later renamed Daifontes. This name is included in the geographic dictionaries of the 19th century, where it is stated the name comes from a mixture of Arabic and Latin that literally means ‘place of the fountains’.

The entire town is partly set within the Hacienda Deifontes, an area of about 22 km2 covering over half the current municipal area. From here you can enjoy excellent views of the surrounding area, such as of the municipality of Iznalloz, where the Cueva del Agua is located. It is interesting to walk around the town, which still retains its original appearance, as there are no modern buildings and the old station still in use.

The oldest archaeological remains discovered in the municipality, in the hamlet of Las Erillas, point to the existence of an Iberian town. Here the remains of a necropolis and numerous ceramic vessels were found. In the Venta del Nacimiento, along the old road from Granada, Roman columns that were probably part of a temple dedicated to the gods of water were also discovered. There is also an ancient Roman dam in the town known amongst the locals as ‘La Romana’, built in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.

The only visible trace from the Muslim period is the watchtower standing on the foothills of the mountains and just above the town. It was used to control the pass between Iznalloz and Granada through the Valle de Cubillas valley. The remains of a medieval necropolis in the Barrio de Las Islas Canarias (a part of Deifontes) have also been discovered suggesting the existence of a Prehistoric town.

After the Reconquista, the village was given to the Abbey of Sacromonte in Granada, whose coat of arms (a six-pointed star formed by two superposed equilateral triangles) would then be adopted by the town. In the 19th century, with the confiscation of Mendizábal, the estate was bought at a public auction by the Countess of Antillón.

In 1944 it was still owned by the Pérez de Herrasti family. The Marquis of Albayda sold it to the National Insurance Institute, and it was the Society of Farmers of Deifontes that distributed it amongst its members.

A very typical recipe is called rain soup (Sopa de lluvia). During the celebration on 1st November each year, the locals meet at the bonfire in the town square and roast chestnuts. A pilgrimage is held that leads to the edge of the Río Cubillas, where popular dishes are prepared, such as the Gachas con pimiento or the Cazuela de Semana Santa.

The local pastries are delicious, and homemade recipes of olive oil buns, muffins, Borrachuelos, egg doughnuts, butter doughnuts and Tortas de pringue or Tortas de carda are all worth trying.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Guadix and El Marquesado
Postcode: 18570
Distance from Granada (km): 25
Number of inhabitants: 2439
People: Deifonteros


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Ermita de San Isidro


This chapel is surrounded by many trees and springs. On the 15th May a pilgrimage is organised here in honour of the patron saint of farmers, San Isidro, whose image is found inside the chapel next to that of the [...]

Iglesia parroquial de San Martín


This church was built in the 17th century in Mudejar style on a previously existing chapel. Its construction began in 1620, when Alonso de Zayas became the abbot of Sacromonte, the owner of the village at that time. The church [...]

La Atalaya


This Moorish watchtower dates back to the 14th century.  From here you can see the whole valley of the Río Cubillas, from the mountains and plains of Iznalloz all the way to the reservoir of Cubillas and the nearby villages. [...]

Palace of Condes de Antillón


This building is also known as the Castillo de los Marqueses de Casablanca. It is a 19th century manor house. After the confiscation of Mendizabal it was purchased at auction by the Countess de Antillon. It has a walled garden [...]

Presa de Barcinas


This Roman dam dates back to the period between the 1st and 2nd centuries BC. It was built to contain the waters of the Río Cubillas and its base is made of bossages, which are uncut stones often seen in [...]

Archeological site Ventas del Nacimiento


This is a welcoming and refreshing place for people and animals. It was here that there was a resting place, La Venta, along the Camino Real de Granada. It was probably erected on the site of a Roman building judging [...]

Nasrids route

This Route is dedicated precisely to the protagonists of that important chapter, to the Nasrid Dynasty, which created and headed the last state of al-Andalus, and whose trajectory encompassed, uncountable events of a political or bellicose order apart, artistic and [...]

Fiestas patronales del Cristo de la Vera Cruz y la Virgen del Milagro


In August the main celebrations of Deifontes are celebrated. In the last years the liking of this town for the motorcycling has done that one of the most expected events of the celebrations is the motocross and the enduro competitions.

Romería of San Isidro


The 15th of May the romeria in honour of San Isidro Labrador is celebrated. In it the villagers of Deifontes go to the Venta del Nacimiento (historic house located in a natural place of the district). This day is characterized [...]


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