Ugíjar

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Ugíjar is one of the most authentic towns in the province, and certainly the richest in historical buildings and monuments. Pedro Antonio de Alarcón described it as ‘aristocratic’ and the illustrious 1950s Swiss traveller Jean-Christian Spahni thought Ugíjar was the most colourful town of La Alpujarra.

This area has many accommodation options, excellent restaurants and all kinds of shops and services. Its unique geographic location, at the edge of La Alpujarra, makes it ideal as a base for tours of the region and neighbouring towns.

Cherín, surrounded by olive groves, is the closest and most interesting of the nearby towns. But if the east of the town looks like an orchard, the south looks like an African desert: you just have to cross the Rambla Seca and get to Las Canteras. The arid landscape also encompasses Los Montoros, from where you can enjoy fresh air and fantastic views. The views from Jorairátar in the foothills of the Sierra de la Contraviesa are also spectacular.

Nestled in the valley of the Río Nechite, in the eastern part of La Alpujarra, Ugíjar was already a town in the Roman Empire. This is backed up by some historians who believe it was then was called ‘Hortum Sacrum’, a Latin name that means ‘holy orchard’. The first written reference of the town dates back to the 11th century in the chronicles of Al-Udri.

During the Moorish period it was part of the Taha de Ugíjar, but was given town status in 1493. This happened when Boabdil, the last Moorish king, moved his residence to the region after he handed over Granada to the Catholic Monarchs. At that time Ugíjar was a prosperous town that enjoyed a flourishing agricultural industry and was defended by a fortress in Cherín. However, this period of prosperity came to an end with the Moorish rebellion and their subsequent expulsion from Spain.

Local game dishes, especially marinated partridge, are very popular here. Ugíjar hams are also amazing. One of the best recipes is the Mojo, made with olives and cod.

A local family makes excellent handcrafted nougat and sells it all over Spain.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Alpujarra and Valle de Lecrín
Poblaciones del municipio: Jorairátar, Cherín
Postcode: 18480
Distance from Granada (km): 120
Number of inhabitants: 2524
People: Ugijareños o Ulijeños
Web: www.aytougijar.es
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Iglesia de la Virgen del Martirio

Ugíjar

Built in the 16th century, the façade has undergone several restorations, although it preserves the main Mudejar elements such as bricks, niches, arches, and typical foliage adornment. Inside there is a statue of La Virgen del Martirio, thought to date [...]

Centro Patrimonio Cultural Alpujarra

Ugíjar

This space is used to promote the area of La Alpujarra. The museum’s collection includes interesting agricultural and industrial objects as well as objects connected to traditional architecture.

Pozo de la Virgen

Ugíjar

This is a place of legend. During the Moorish revolt the carving of the Virgen del Martirio was burned and used as a bridge over a ditch, from where an unknown Christian rescued it and hid it at the bottom [...]

Celebrations in honour of Nuestra Señora del Martirio

Ugíjar

Ugíjar honours its patron, Nuestra Señora del Martirio, in the middle of October. On these dates, the town celebrates, with a fair format, many events to commemorate the Virgin, among them, the popular procession. Popular games, sport competitions and the [...]

Celebrations in honour of San Gabriel Arcángel

Ugíjar

Many of the population centres of Ugijar celebrate its celebrations in August. It is the case of Jorairatar, which honours the Archangel San Gabriel with an interesting Moors and Christians performance.

The dance of the Animas

Ugíjar

On Christmas day a group of people go around the streets playing their instruments to collect money for the patron celebrations. This tradition comes from the old custom of asking for money to bury the people who died without any [...]

Alfonso Baños Muñoz

Ugíjar

Pirotecnia Alpujarreña Nuestra Señora Del Martirio

The dance of the Animas

Ugíjar

On Christmas day a group of people go around the streets playing their instruments to collect money for the patron celebrations. This tradition comes from the old custom of asking for money to bury the people who died without any [...]

Celebrations in honour of Nuestra Señora del Martirio

Ugíjar

Ugíjar honours its patron, Nuestra Señora del Martirio, in the middle of October. On these dates, the town celebrates, with a fair format, many events to commemorate the Virgin, among them, the popular procession. Popular games, sport competitions and the [...]

Celebrations in honour of San Gabriel Arcángel

Ugíjar

Many of the population centres of Ugijar celebrate its celebrations in August. It is the case of Jorairatar, which honours the Archangel San Gabriel with an interesting Moors and Christians performance.



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