Los Guájares

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This municipality is made up of three villages: Guájar Faragüit (in which the town hall is located), Guajar Fondon and Guajar Alto. The Valle de los Guájares is a beautiful natural enclave.

The name Guájar comes from the Arab word Wa-run, which means steep and inaccessible, referring to the fact that all three villages are very difficult to get to. So much so that when the villages were built streams and irrigation systems had to be diverted and the layout of the fields had to be modified. These irrigation systems still exist today.

The first settlers here were probably Almohads who lived in farmhouses. With the Reconquista, the municipality was divided up by the Catholic Monarchs and given to some of their best officers. Guájar Faragüit was given to Luis Portocarrero and Guájar Fondón to Don Juan de Ulloa. The War of La Alpujarra was one of this area’s bloodiest episodes; the troops of the Marquis de Mondejar lined up along the Río Toba with orders to kill any Moor that crossed their path.

After the expulsion of the Moors and the subsequent repopulation of the area with settlers from other regions of Spain, there were only three farmhouses left in what are now the three villages of Guájares. The ancient fortified settlement known as El Castillejo was also abandoned.

Homemade sausages, casseroles, stews, sundried tomatoes, apricots and Migas are some of the delights on offer locally. Goat meat in a special local sauce is one of the most famous dishes of the area.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Costa Tropical
Poblaciones del municipio: Guájar Fondón, Guájar Alto, Guájar Faragüit
Postcode: 18615
Distance from Granada (km): 62
Number of inhabitants: 1274
People: Guajareños, guajaralteros o faraguleros
Web: www.losguajares.es

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El Castillejo

Los Guájares

The Castillejo is a 13th-century Almohad fortified village made from rubblework masonry and rammed earth. Its main entrance has two bends, with a U-shaped room that played a defensive role. A main street divides the town into two parts. On [...]

Celebrations in honour of San Antonio de Padua

Los Guájares

It is in Guajar Fondon where the patron celebrations of Los Guajares start earlier. San Antonio is commemorated with a solemn mass, a parade and a procession. In the afternoon and at night they have many acts, such as the [...]

Celebrations in honour of San Lorenzo

Los Guájares

In Guajar-Faragüit honour its patron in August as well as the other two populations centres of Los Guajares. In this case, in honour of San Lorenzo they have a mass, a parade and they celebrate other acts, such as the [...]

Dance of the crazies

Los Guájares

The people in charge of the celebrations organize a dance where the boys who want to go out with any girl must pay a certain amount of money to them. The girls can pay as well to avoid dancing.

Dance of the crazies

Los Guájares

The people in charge of the celebrations organize a dance where the boys who want to go out with any girl must pay a certain amount of money to them. The girls can pay as well to avoid dancing.

Celebrations in honour of San Lorenzo

Los Guájares

In Guajar-Faragüit honour its patron in August as well as the other two populations centres of Los Guajares. In this case, in honour of San Lorenzo they have a mass, a parade and they celebrate other acts, such as the [...]

Celebrations in honour of San Antonio de Padua

Los Guájares

It is in Guajar Fondon where the patron celebrations of Los Guajares start earlier. San Antonio is commemorated with a solemn mass, a parade and a procession. In the afternoon and at night they have many acts, such as the [...]



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