Ferreira

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This town is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and very near to the ski resort of Puerto de La Ragua. It shares its local jurisdiction with the La Alpujarra’s towns of Nevada and Bayárcal.

Ferreira is located almost entirely within the boundaries of the Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada and contains many great places for hiking, mountain climbing or for the simple enjoyment of nature, especially in spring, when the almond trees are in bloom.

Some must-see places include the area where the chapel is located, one of the most lush and attractive corners in the surrounding area, known locally as ‘El Castañar’. The Puerto de la Ragua is also worth a visit, as it is the only part of the northern slopes of the southern Sierra Nevada that could be accessed by horses and vehicles, and nowadays by cars. Snow permitting, you can also walk to Puerto del Lobo, which links Yegen with Aldeire, or to Puerto de Río Seco, which takes you from Capileira or Trevélez to Güéjar Sierra.

An Argaric necropolis was found at the foot of the hill of Juan Canal, proving the existence of this town as far back as Prehistoric times. Here, in addition to the graves, large storage jars, plates and other ceramic and metal objects were found. They are now on display in the Museo Arqueológico de Granada.

The rich mineral deposits, which give the municipality its name, also attracted the Arabs. The place is referred to by the chronicler Al-Idrisi in the 12th century as a fortified place. In 1489, with the capitulation of El Zagal, it passed into the hands of the Catholic Monarchs. It later joined the Moorish revolt and was one of the places most affected by the war. Soon the Moors were expelled and the city was repopulated with settlers from other parts of Spain.

As in the rest of the region, excellent artisan cheeses, almond sweets and the popular Soplillos are made here.

A typical recipe is Choto con setas, made with fresh local game. Tasty sausages, hams and other pork products are also produced here. Occasionally you can enjoy wild boar meat.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Guadix and El Marquesado
Postcode: 18513
Distance from Granada (km): 76
Number of inhabitants: 323
People: Ferrileños o ferreireños

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Alcazaba

Ferreira

This large building used to be an Arab fortress. The façade faces out onto the main town square. It has a coat of arms over the door, although this was added later. In the inside there is a bread oven, [...]

Arab baths in Ferreira

Ferreira

These Arab baths are located in the northern part of town. They were built in the 13th or 14th century and are an excellent example of modest rural baths. The floors are divided into three corridors running from north to [...]

Ermita de la Virgen de la Cabeza

Ferreira

This chapel is located in one of the prettiest parts of town, where on the last weekend in April the local inhabitants take part in the festival honouring the Virgen Morena.

Iglesia parroquial de la Anunciación

Ferreira

Like in all the villas of the area of Zenete, this church was built on the site of a former mosque, which was conserved until 1500. Today you can see the modifications that were carried out after its partial destruction [...]

Arab Architecture Interpretive Centre

Ferreira

The education centre is located inside the restored Moorish Alcazaba (citadel) and takes up some rooms of a Moorish mansion, also known as the ‘Casa Grande’, which has been refurbished. It brings the area’s Arab heritage back to life with [...]

Romería of the Virgen de la Cabeza

Ferreira

The Virgen de la Cabeza has many devotes among the villagers ofpFerreira. That is the reason why they celebrate a very popular romeria, in which they take the carving back to the hermitage of the same name and they cook [...]

Patron celebrations in honour of San Francisco de Asís

Ferreira

On these celebrations, the villagers of Ferreira honour San Francisco with several solemn events as the mass or the procession. The night gives way to the night party, which links all the inhabitants around the dance.

Celebrations of the Emigrant

Ferreira

These celebrations take place the first weekend of August. During this days of the summer many villagers come back to Ferreira to spend the holidays and therefore they organize a corrida and night parties.



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