Jérez del Marquesado

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Jérez de Marquesado is located in the Marquesado del Zenete, one of the highest plateaus in Spain, with an average altitude of over 1,000 metres above sea level.

The first settlers in Jérez del Marquesado were in the Argaric period. The oldest Neolithic remains are located in the Peñón de Alrutan, where other remains from the Iberian period (3rd century BC) have also been found. However, the town’s Arab past is very evident, with its winding streets and squares, its windows and balconies overflowing with geraniums. The Mudejar-style parish church dates back to the 16th century, and the remains of a Moorish castle, with several towers still intact, are also very interesting.

Located in the Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada, the municipality has beautiful surroundings. The refuge Posterio Alto, situated at 1,880 metres of altitude, is the starting point for mountain excursions in the Sierra Nevada. Less difficult is the path that leads to the mines of Santa Constanza and to the Molinos de los Regas. We also recommended the walk to the recreation area of ​​La Tizná, located in the Barranco de Alcazar, at 12 kilometres from the town. It is reached by walking along a forest track surrounded by chestnut trees.

Jérez Marquesado is famous for its running of the bulls and its bullfights.

Jérez del Marquesado was built on the site of an earlier settlement called Mecina, a place that had an abundance of water and that from the 12th century onwards had several public baths and even served Guadix. At that time the town was called ‘Xeris’ and produced a lot of grapes and fertile crops. A fortress was built for the Judge of Wadias (present-day Guadix), which he mainly used as a summer residence. It was to here that some of the people fleeing from the conquest of the city escaped and hid. After the Reconquista its population was supressed, resulting in the uprising of the Moors. They were expelled and the town’s population dropped significantly. However, it was later repopulated by people from Galicia, Asturias, Castilla and León.

The finest local dishes include Rin ran de bacalao (cod), Migas de pan, potatoes and Olla de habas. Depending on the time of year, we highly recommend local sausages and hams.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Guadix and El Marquesado
Postcode: 18518
Distance from Granada (km): 73
Number of inhabitants: 1092
People: Jerezanos
Web: www.jerezdelmarquesado.net
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Iglesia parroquial de Nuestra Señora de la Anunciación

Jérez del Marquesado

This church was built in the first half of the 16th century. It has three naves separated by arches resting on Doric columns and entablatures. The church was designed by Francisco Antero and built by Ambrosio Villegas. The main nave [...]

Fiestas patronales a Nuestra Señora de la Purificación (Running of the bulls)

Jérez del Marquesado

The highlight of this festival is the running of the bulls like in Pamplona. The festivities take place in September in honour of the town’s patron saint, the Holy Mary, Nuestra Señora de la Purificación, popularly known as Tizná. She [...]

Jérez del Marquesado – Among chestnut trees and marjoram

The Jérez del Marquesado-Balsilla del Partidor route is a pleasure to the senses. The autumn reds and ochres of the trees and the aroma of marjoram accompany the traveller throughout the journey.

Jérez del Marquesado – Postero Alto

The district of El Marquesado del Zenete, important for its history and its natural beauty, includes ten municipalities and attracts visitors due to its abundance and variety of sights. This area reaches from the slopes of Sierra Nevada to the plateau extending at the foot of the mountain range.

The rescue of an American aeroplane walk

On 8th March 1960 an aeroplane with US Marines on board crashed into the side of Picón de Jérez. The weather was very bad, but with much courage and intimate knowledge of the mountains the people of Jérez, Lanteira and other villages managed to rescue many of the wounded. This walk is dedicated to the memory of those people.

Fiestas patronales a Nuestra Señora de la Purificación (Running of the bulls)

Jérez del Marquesado

The highlight of this festival is the running of the bulls like in Pamplona. The festivities take place in September in honour of the town’s patron saint, the Holy Mary, Nuestra Señora de la Purificación, popularly known as Tizná. She [...]



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