Zújar

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Zújar is located at the feet of the Cerro del Jabalcon, 1496 meters above sea level, between the Sierra de Baza, the Hoya de Baza and the Sierra del Pozo. This is a place made up of many ravines, with underground waters and a leafy fertile plain. The historical town centre has a Moorish part with whitewashed houses dating back to the 17th century. It also a beautiful area full of cave dwellings. The numerous Arab fountains and springs dotted around the town are worthy of note.

The places of interest are the Iglesia de la Anunciación, la Almazara and Chimenea de don Periquito, the ruins of the Pósito, the Casa de los Rebolledo, the Casa de los Herederos de Eladio Hortal, the Casa de la Torre and a number of small chapels. In addition to these, there are many mills in the area as well as the remains of Roman baths. It is an ideal place for for trekking, cycling, rock climbing and water sports.

Carramaiza is a town in Zújar made up of a group of cave dwellings. It is located next to the reservoir and the Cerro del Jabalcon, and has great views. Here there are some special walks that take you all over the Valle del Guadalentín and the surroundings of the Parque Nacional de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas.

The name Zújar comes from the Arabic ‘sujayra’, meaning ‘great sorrow’. There is evidence of human settlements as far back as the Neolithic and Argaric periods. There is also evidence that there was an Iberian settlement here in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. In Roman times Zújar belonged to Baza and was called Hactara. Under Muslim rule the neighbourhoods of Alcazaba, Jarea and El Lugar were built, and the town took on its present appearance and layout. It was protected by a fortress, of which little remains today, that helped resist the attacks of the Catholic Monarchs. However, the town was eventually conquered in 1489. The Moorish population, (about 95%) was expelled to the town was repopulated by Christians from other parts of Spain.

In 1649 it was declared an independent municipality and received the title of town. In the late 19th century the town grew to include Cuevas del Campo until the 1970s.

The Gurullos (pigeon or rabiit), Puchero, Migas, Gachas and Gurupinas are specialities here, as are many dishes using locally produced prok.

The delicious desserts and pastries include Roscos and Tortas de chicharrones.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: El Altiplano: Baza and Huescar
Postcode: 18811
Distance from Granada (km): 110
Number of inhabitants: 2746
People: Zujareños
Web: www.zujar.es
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Iglesia de la Anunciación

Zújar

This parish church was built in the 16th century on the site of a former mosque. It was restored in the 18th century in Neoclassical style. The façade and decoration of the chapel ceilings are inspired by the Baroque movement. [...]

Casa de los Rebolledo – Cuartel Viejo

Zújar

This Baroque building was built in the 17th century. It is in very good condition, although it has lost the two coats of arms that were originally on its façade. It is currently being used as the headquarters of the [...]

Pósito (wheat storehouse)

Zújar

This building was constructed in the reign of King Carlos III, which today houses the remains of its original façade.

Zújar Health Resort

Zújar

For many centuries the town of Zújar has been famous for its medicinal waters and its ancient baths. Years after the original baths were swallowed up by the Embaslse de Negratín resevoir, the new Baños de Zújar were built. This [...]

Celebration in honour of the Santisima Virgen de la Cabeza

Zújar

In Zújar, the Moors and Christians celebrations get complete with the romería to the Sanctuary of the Virgin in the Jabalcon hill. The anonymous and versified text that is shown in Zújar shares title with the one shown in Benamaurel. [...]

The saint Angel

Zújar

There is a parade around the street of the village. After, rolls with sweet made of pumpkin and syrup inside are distributed among the participants.

The saint Angel

Zújar

There is a parade around the street of the village. After, rolls with sweet made of pumpkin and syrup inside are distributed among the participants.

Celebration in honour of the Santisima Virgen de la Cabeza

Zújar

In Zújar, the Moors and Christians celebrations get complete with the romería to the Sanctuary of the Virgin in the Jabalcon hill. The anonymous and versified text that is shown in Zújar shares title with the one shown in Benamaurel. [...]



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