The town is located in the south of the Sierra de Almijara, on the banks of the Río Verde, which divides the town into two districts. The main attraction is its architectural and historical heritage. Its most interesting buildings are the Iglesia de San Antonio and the Ermita de la Virgen de Bodíjar, dedicated to the patron saint of the town.
On the last Sunday of April, the statue of the Virgin Mary is carried in pilgrimage to her sanctuary situated 4 kilometres from the town. It is an ancient tradition, as in the 17th century it was a very well-known pilgrimage. Today the religious festival includes prayers, songs and dances until sunset, when the statue of the Virgin is transferred again to the Iglesia de San Antonio.
The festivities in honour of the Santísima Virgen de Bodíjar are held on 31st January until 2nd January.
From the Santuario, located on the edge of the Barranco de Bodíjar, you can enjoy magnificent views of the surroundings, over the valley of the Río Verde out to the sea.
There is evidence of human settlements as far back as the Neolithic period, as graves, graves and stone and ceramic objects have been found around here. Jete mixed with civilizations that arrived by sea, such as the Phoenicians. However, the first documented settlement dates back to the Arab era, as many Arab geographers referred to the place as ‘Set’, ‘Xet’, or ‘Yeth’ (all meaning ‘bank’ or ‘shore’) in the 11th and 12th centuries. In that period the town used to be a farmstead belonging to the alfoz of Almuñécar.
The Muslims made the most of the town’s location and fertile land. After the Reconquista and the revolt of the Moors, the population was expelled and the area was severely threatened by Berber pirates. In the late 20th century, Jete finally prospered due the development of tropical agriculture and the tourism industry that has flourished in the area.
The Bodegas Horacio Calvente produces some of the best wines of the province. It uses new techniques and old vines planted at high altitude to produce elegant red wines with grapes such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. Its white wines are made with Muscat of Alexandria. The subtropical climate of the area enabled the growing of custard apples, mangoes, avocados and other tropical fruits from the late 19th century onwards.
Sausages and rice are a large part of the local cuisine, which includes goat with garlic, Migas, fennel stew, fried potatoes and delicious pastries. These sweets and desserts include fig bread, pralines, Chicharrones cakes, Mantecados and different types of doughnuts. In addition, you can enjoy delicious fresh fish, given its proximity to the coast.