Huétor Tájar

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Located in the valley of the Río Genil, Huétor Tájar is located on a wide plain with some of the most fertile land in the province. This land has been used for decades for the intensive cultivation of green asparagus, which has the status of protected geographical indication.

This town was made up of two villages that merged in 1483. In that same year it was devastated by King Fernando and his attempts to conquer the Moors’ lands. Both towns have ancient origins: Huétor used to be a Roman settlement called ‘Vesci Faventia’ (literally meaning ‘fertile land’) and had a coin mint. Tájar had a mainly Arab population and was called ‘Tarayat’ by Ibn al-Khatib, hence the name ‘Taxara’, which later changed into ‘Tahara’ and finally into ‘Tájar’.

It was finally conquered in 1497, but its Moorish population continued to live there. Examples of their settlement are an Arab tower, which still stands today among the village houses, and a fantastic irrigation system. Many mulberry bushes grown for the production of silk have now been replaced by asparagus bushes.

Green asparagus is the main ingredient of the traditional dishes of Huétor Tájar. They can be fried in tortillas, boiled in soups, grilled or eaten with almond sauce.  To get the very best asparagus, we recommend that you go directly to the cooperatives and buy yours there.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Poniente Granadino
Postcode: 18360
Distance from Granada (km): 43
Number of inhabitants: 9154
People: Hueteños
Web: www.huetortajar.org
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Excursions

Iglesia parroquial de Santa Isabel

Huétor Tájar

This church dedicated to Santa Isabel with its beautiful brick bell tower is situated in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. It was built between the late 15th and early 16th centuries and was originally was dedicated to the Virgin de la [...]

Fortaleza de Tahara

Huétor Tájar

The watchtower of this fortress, despite being one of the strongest in the area, was destroyed in the spring of 1483, during an assault by the Castilian troops in order to protect Alhama and to threaten Loja. Its remains are [...]

Celebration of the harvest of the Asparagus

Huétor Tájar

The green asparagus is the most characteristic product and the one the villager are more proud of, since it is recognized with a Specific Trade Mark of Quality. For this reason the celebration takes place, where they mix gastronomy activities [...]

Celebrations in honour of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno

Huétor Tájar

The patron celebration of Huetor-Tajar honour Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno. They celebrate different religious events such as solemn masses and a parade. The celebration carries on at night with fireworks and the popular night party.

San Marcos

Huétor Tájar

Es una de las festividades que reciben más atención popular. Se celebra con una tradicional merienda en el campo y se realizan variadas actividades al aire libre, como bailes.

Washington Irving route

Washington Irving was the prototype of the pure Romantic traveller, who passed most of his life travelling round Europe, and, attracted by the “exoticism” which the country then offered, naturally landed up in Spain. He was appointed Ambassador of the [...]

San Marcos

Huétor Tájar

Es una de las festividades que reciben más atención popular. Se celebra con una tradicional merienda en el campo y se realizan variadas actividades al aire libre, como bailes.

Celebrations in honour of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno

Huétor Tájar

The patron celebration of Huetor-Tajar honour Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno. They celebrate different religious events such as solemn masses and a parade. The celebration carries on at night with fireworks and the popular night party.

Celebration of the harvest of the Asparagus

Huétor Tájar

The green asparagus is the most characteristic product and the one the villager are more proud of, since it is recognized with a Specific Trade Mark of Quality. For this reason the celebration takes place, where they mix gastronomy activities [...]



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