Guadahortuna

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The town is located 65 kilometres from Granada, by the Río Guadahortuna, on the border of the province of Jaén and along the road leading to the Parque Natural de Sierra Mágina. This pretty and unique town is situated against a backdrop of vast farmlands.

The town is located on the edge of the Río Guadahortuna, whose name comes from the Arabic word ‘guad’, (meaning ‘river’), and the Latin word ‘hortus’ (meaning ‘garden’ or ‘orchard’). The town’s name literally means ‘River of the orchards’. It has some of the most beautiful buildings in the region, and the Iglesia de Santa María La Mayor is particularly worth a visit.

Another interesting monument is the Puente del Hacho, an old railroad bridge built in the late 19th century on the Río Guadahortuna.

Although this area has been inhabited since Prehistoric times, it was not until the Muslim era when it took centre stage and was given its present name. It occupied the border area, so the population was subject to skirmishes for years. During this time the Christian troops were stationed in Cazorla and made regular incursions into Muslim territory.

After the conquest of the area by Don Fadrique de Toledo in 1486, Queen Isabel made sure it was repopulated with Christians to ensure the safety of the roads and guarantee the supply of bread to Granada. From 1492 Guadahortuna and its district became part of the city of Granada, until it bought its independence in 1557 by paying the Crown nearly two and a half million maravedí, which were contributed proportionally by their 351 inhabitants.

Its cuisine includes a lot of local seasonal garden produce. The typical dishes use ingredients such as cereals, legumes and olive oil.

As for meats, typical recipes are based on poultry and pork. Migas are served with partridge, and Olla gitana, the Puchero de matanza and the Potaje are all local specialities. Local pastries are delicious, especially the Nochebuenos, the Magdalenas and fried milk.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Guadix and El Marquesado
Postcode: 18560
Distance from Granada (km): 65
Number of inhabitants: 2261
People: Guadahorteños
Web: www.guadahortuna.net
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Excursions

Ermita de la Virgen de Loreto

Guadahortuna

Located at the edge of town, this chapel has excellent views of the surrounding areas. The chapel is dedicated to the Virgen de Loreto, the patron saint of the municipality.

Iglesia parroquial de Santa María la Mayor

Guadahortuna

The triumphal arch of the stunning façade of this church is reminiscent of the Door of Forgiveness in the Cathedral of Granada. Next to it the bell tower, made of sections decreasing in size, is located. Inside, there are three [...]

Puente del Hacho

Guadahortuna

This bridge was built between 1889 and 1895 to a design created in the workshop of the French architect Gustave Eiffel. For many decades it was the longest and highest bridge in the Spanish railway network. Its impressive length of [...]

Patron celebrations in honour of the Virgen de Loreto

Guadahortuna

These patron celebrations include, apart from the liturgical and recreational acts (such as the mass, the parade and the night parties), the Royal Cattle Fair, very popular in the area.

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 [...]

Puente del Hacho – the heart of iron

The Puente del Hacho bridge lies between Alamedilla and Guadahortuna. It opened on 22nd March 1898. The two architects of the bridge were two pupils of the French architect Gustave Eiffel. In 1979 the structure of the bridge was sold to a scrap merchant from Madrid for one and a half million pesetas. However, public outcry finally prevented its demolition.

Patron celebrations in honour of the Virgen de Loreto

Guadahortuna

These patron celebrations include, apart from the liturgical and recreational acts (such as the mass, the parade and the night parties), the Royal Cattle Fair, very popular in the area.



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