Churriana de la Vega

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Churriana de la Vega lies between green poplar groves and the Río Genil on the plains, just 7 kilometres from Granada. This town has an interesting historical and artistic legacy. It has some Arab baths, the Via Crucis and an old laundry, which are all worth a visit.

The agricultural tradition of Churriana has given rise to its nickname “paradise valley”. It has many town squares and gardens, lovely places for recreation and relaxation, all within the town.

Salvador Povedano Sanchez, known as ‘Frascuelo’ was born here in 1843. He was one of the most famous bullfighters and performed in bullrings all over Spain.

There are no written records of Churriana de la Vega until the 14th century, when the chronicler Ibn al-Khatib’s refers to it in his manuscripts. So the first written references are from the Middle Ages, a period in which it was a farmstead. The town was the place of many battles and skirmishes due to its proximity to Granada. Between the 13th and 14th centuries, the city enjoyed a period of economic expansion, based on agricultural production and industry. But the war of Granada and the Reconquista affected Churriana, and it finally surrendered to the Catholic Monarchs.

The town played an important role in the history of Nasrid Kingdom. It was the meeting point of the delegations of Boabdil and the Catholic Monarchs. At this meeting the terms of the capitulations of Granada were agreed. In 1510 the names of Jurliana and Jurriana appear in parish registers, probably a derivative of the town’s current name, which was first mentioned with its current spelling in 1520. The invasion of the French in the 19th century slowed the growth of the town, but as soon as they were gone, Churriana began to flourish once more.

Here juicy fruits and vegetables are grown and are used in all kinds of recipes such as cabbage stew and migas. Local pastries include French toast, doughnuts, fritters and fried milk.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Granada and its surroundings
Postcode: 18194
Distance from Granada (km): 6
Number of inhabitants: 8679
People: Churrianeros
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Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza

Churriana de la Vega

This church was built in the 16th century and was originally called Santa María de la Vega, but it changed its name in 1614. It has a white rectilinear façade and has a single nave. This church is popular amongst [...]

Iglesia parroquial de la Visitación de la Virgen

Churriana de la Vega

This church was built by the Catholic Kings on the site of a former mosque after the surrender of the Nasrid kingdom. It is built in Mudejar style and is dedicated to the mystery of the Visitation of Mary. The [...]

Casa Calvo Valero

Churriana de la Vega

The building dates back to the 18th century. Its original courtyard and gallery, supported by marble columns, is still perfectly preserved, as are several rooms of the house. It is located in the Plaza de la Cruz and has been [...]

Aarón García Ruiz

Churriana de la Vega

Patron celebrations in honour of San Roque

Churriana de la Vega

A mass in which the vote or promise made to this protector saint due to the epidemic of cholera that Churriana de la Vega suffered in 1885 is renovated. When the ceremony has finished there is a parade with the [...]

Patron celebrations in honour of the Virgen de la Cabeza

Churriana de la Vega

The 29th of August they take the patron down, the Virgen de la Cabeza, in procession from its sanctuary to the perish, where the religious events will take place. This is the day of its celebrations and it goes out [...]

Celebration of ‘Jueves Lardero’

Churriana de la Vega

This popular celebration takes place the Thursday before the Wednesday of ash. This day, big part of the population, mainly the young ones, go to the field or the outskirts to spend the day eating, drinking and dancing. This celebration [...]

Celebrations of the Crosses of May

Churriana de la Vega

The City council summons annually a contest in this date, with which they award the best crosses (altars and streets and squares decoration) made by the population in the different neighbourhoods of the town. In the evening, after celebrating a [...]


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