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Located in the centre of the Río Guadahortuna’s basin, on a plain surrounded by low hills, Alamedilla has an important and ancient past dating back to Prehistoric times. Ruins have been found in the Cortijo del Hacho that were part of a Bronze Age necropolis over 2,700 years old.

There are two lines of thought regarding the origin of the name of Alamedilla. One version goes that the name refers to the abundance of populus trees in the area (Alamo in Spanish) the diminutive form of which would be Alamedilla. However, it is more widely believed that the origin of the name comes from the Arabic word for minaret. However, neither of these two versions is sufficiently documented.

You can get fantastic views from Alamedilla, as the semi-arid surroundings contrast with the fertile land watered by the Río Guadahortuna. The Puente del Hacho stretches over a large ravine made by French engineers in the 19th century. It is believed that it was designed in the workshop of the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel.

The Piedra de la Solana is in the Cortijo El Peñón, four kilometres from the town. It is a sort of natural fortress 1233 meters high and very steep. Formed by three enormous rocks, it must have been used as a refuge for local inhabitants in the medieval period, a theory confirmed by remains found there.

The history of the town begins with the settlement of tribes during the Palaeolithic and Neolithic eras. Then came Iberians, Romans and Visigoths, of which some remains can still be seen today. However, we attribute the foundation of this town to the Muslims, although in the 15th century Alamedilla was not much more than a large farmstead, one of many that were dotted around the area. Under the Arab dominion it was made up of clusters of dwellings around what would later become the town centre. In 1489 it was conquered by the troops of King Sancho de Castilla.

Alamedilla has a strong gastronomic tradition and includes homemade preserved meats such as ribs in olive oil, lomo, garlic sausage, black pudding, and dishes such as fried beef with roasted red and green peppers. The main ingredient of local dishes is extra virgin olive oil, combined with other natural products.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Guadix and El Marquesado
Postcode: 18520
Distance from Granada (km): 78
Number of inhabitants: 811
People: Alamedilleros
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Iglesia Parroquial de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción


This is the most interesting building in the town of Alamedilla. Although the documents preserved in the parish archives do not make reference to it prior to 1730, it is known that the construction of this church started in the [...]

Puente del Hacho – the heart of iron

The Puente del Hacho bridge lies between Alamedilla and Guadahortuna. It opened on 22nd March 1898. The two architects of the bridge were two pupils of the French architect Gustave Eiffel. In 1979 the structure of the bridge was sold to a scrap merchant from Madrid for one and a half million pesetas. However, public outcry finally prevented its demolition.



These are the main celebrations of the town and they are celebrated in honour of the Santisimo Cristo de la Luz, who has a great devotion in the area. The celebration program has all sort of activities.

Celebration of the Emigrant


The popular celebrations of Alamedilla take place in the summer and have the name of Celebrations of the Emigrant. In these towns there are a lot of people that went away in previous decades to work somewhere else. It is [...]

Patron celebrations in honour of San Anton


In the celebrations in honour of San Anton it is tradition that, during the day before, the last married couple in the church go around the village house after house collecting money to pay the making of the bread rolls. [...]

San Marcos


According to tradition, at the beginning of the XX century a devastating plague of locust was suffered in the province that devastated the fields of the region where Alamedilla is based completely. In this town, nevertheless, they did a vote [...]


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