Güevéjar

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With its hills of red earth planted with olive trees, Güevéjar symbolises the people’s defiance of history and the setbacks of nature. The instability of the area caused the destruction of many of the houses in earthquakes, first in the Lisbon Earthquake in 1755 and then in the Arenas del Rey Earthquake on Christmas Day in 1884. The latter opened up such large cracks in the earth that it was advised that Güevéjar should not be rebuilt in the same place. This led to the relocation of the town to where it currently is, on much firmer and safer ground. The remains of the old town are still visible at the base of the Peña de Bartolo.

Now this town is nestled into the Sierra de la Yedra, facing the Vega de Granada, and just 10 kilometres from the capital, in an area with many karstic caves. The town is part of the Caliphate Trail, one of the walks linking the cities of Córdoba and Granada.

The layout of the new town is in the style that was popular in the late 19th century, with straight streets and perpendicular crossings, which all meet at the Plaza de la Constitución, which is a large wooded area where the town hall and the parish church are located.

This area was occupied since ancient times, as it is illustrated by the discovery of an arrowhead from the 8th -7th centuries BC and a Roman stele from the 2nd century. They are on display in the Museo Arqueológico de Granada.

A town existed here before the arrival of the Muslims and was called Ubexar. In Moorish times, Güevéjar is referred to by Ibn al-Khatib as ‘Wabasar’. In 1569 the town was almost deserted as its Moorish inhabitants rebelled against the king Felipe II, who had forced them abandon their beliefs and customs. It was repopulated from 1571.

The typical Mediterranean products – bread, wine and oil – are all excellent here. Güevéjar is famous for its amazing homemade sausages. Its main traditional dishes include spicy porridge, goat with garlic, the lamb stew and Migas with melon. We also recommend the following pastries: doughnuts, fried milk and Borrachuelos.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Granada and its surroundings
Postcode: 18197
Distance from Granada (km): 10
Number of inhabitants: 2018
People: Güevejeños
Web: ayuntamientoguevejar.com

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Excursions

Iglesia parroquial de San Ildefonso y Santa Cristina

Güevéjar

This is the most interesting historical monument in Güevéjar. It was built in 1887 and its original Neoclassical façade still remains. The bell tower is above the main entrance of the church, which is unusual for churches in the Granada [...]

Califate route

This route is altogether an adventure for the spirit: the two poles between which the fabulous cultural, religious, political and social legacy, which represents the stay of the Muslims in the peninsula, oscillates, with an almost moribund intensity.

Celebrations of San Juan Bautista

Güevéjar

In these celebrations the Cultural Week takes place, where they have sport competitions, exhibitions, contests and many activities, for kids and adults. We can add to all that religious and recreational events as the night parties and the fireworks.

Celebrations in honour of the Virgen de las Angustias

Güevéjar

These celebrations have religious and sport and cultural activities. The encounter of neighbours associations of the first day stands out, in which all the members get together.



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