Moraleda de Zafayona

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The residents of Moraleda de Zafayona are proud to uphold the tradition of living in cave dwellings in the town’s oldest neighbourhood. It is located at the foot of a slope descending to the Río Cacín, still maintains its structure as Madoz described it in the middle of the 19th century: “Located in the hill there are 80 caves that serve as shelters to the locals. At the foot of the hill some houses have been built.

The more modern part of town, built after the earthquake in1884, extends from the hill towards the Campo de Zafayona.

The main economic driver is agriculture; a lot of olives, cereals and animal fodder is grown here.

In the Cerro de la Mora, within the Moraleda de Zafayona district remains that testify the presence of an Iberian town in this area 3,000 years ago have been found. They have also been found vestiges of Romans and Visigoths, and some historians maintain the idea that the mythical civilization of the Tartessos also occupied these land. The present settlement was born in the Muslim period as a settlement that lives on the silk industry. Thus, its name could derive from the great amount of white mulberries that it had. With the Christianization campaign that the Catholic Kings culminated in 1492, Moraleda de Zafayona passed to depend of Loja for some time. In 1568 took place the revolt of the Moorish in the Kingdom of Granada. Once the rebellion was repressed, the Moorish were expelled from all the towns. Years later they would repopulate the area with settlers coming from other regions.

Moraleda is a place where they elaborate hornazos, good stews and Spanish stews. Among its homemade sausages the salchichones, longanizas and black puddings stand out. And among its desserts are the cakes, the twisted rolls of piñonates, the pestiños and torrijas. One of the most typical recipes is ajoblanco with black pudding.




Information about the Municipality

Region: Poniente Granadino
Postcode: 18370
Distance from Granada (km): 35
Number of inhabitants: 3043
People: Moraleños
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Iglesia parroquial de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias

Moraleda de Zafayona

This church with its slender tower was built in the 19th century. Up until a few decades ago, the small and very decorative Ermita de San Sebastián on the other side of the river belonged to it, but it was [...]

Classic Cars Museum

Moraleda de Zafayona

The Museo de Coches de Época is a private museum that exhibits more than thirty interesting classic cars.

Cerro de la Mora archaeological site

Moraleda de Zafayona

This archaeological site was declared an official Site of Cultural and Archaeological Interest. It contains fragments that date back to the later stages of the Bronze Age, to the Iberian period and the Roman Empire. Here traces of copper and [...]

El Caño

Moraleda de Zafayona

This is a fountain with three jets providing much of the town with clear and clean water. Next to it there is public laundry area that has been recently restored.

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

Moraleda de Zafayona

Se celebra en el campo. Existe la tradición de llevar una merienda con un panecillo redondo en cuyo interior se ha cocido un huevo de gallina. Ese huevo suele ser el protagonista de la fiesta, ya que se convierte en [...]

August celebrations

Moraleda de Zafayona

They are celebrated the first weekend of August. Until two decades ago they were celebrated in September and they were called La Funcion, a religious ceremony and a procession dedicated to the Virgen de las Angustias, patron of the village. [...]

Fair of October

Moraleda de Zafayona

This celebration, which lasts three days, is usually celebrated the 21st of October, although if this day is not a weekend they move it to the closet one. On its origin it was a cattle fair. Now they build stalls [...]

Celebration of the Candelaria

Moraleda de Zafayona

Of remote origin, the villagers form bonfires and they dance around them. During the celebration, the people usually eat bacon and savoury bread rolls with fresh beans, all of it watered with wine. The City Council usually has its own [...]


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