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Cijuela is situated in the western part of Granada, surrounded by wide spaces and full of poplars and orchards, with the Río Genil running through it. The town is situated on the A-92 and is on the western edge of the Vega de Granada. It is an area of flat land that the Arabs used to call “the small plain”.

In the 10th century the town played an important role in the building of an advanced irrigation system that carried water to the entire area through a complex network of canals and ditches. The soil of the area is very fertile, resulting in farming being the mainstay of its economy.

Cijuela dates back to the Arab period and its name comes from the word zujuela, which means “small plain”. It is believed that the founder of the Kingdom of Granada, King Muhammad ben Alhamar, could from this town, control the irrigation systems and canals built by Al-Haken II in the 10th century and later extended by Yusuf I in the 11th century. In the 13th century this king also increased the number of drains and further organised the distribution of water. His successors populated these lands with mulberry trees to feed silkworms. The silk industry in Granada was so important that it became the main form of trade with Genoa, Venice and other Italian states.

In 1431 Don Alvaro de Luna fought to conquer the Vega de Granada, which culminated in the Battle de la Higueruela. In this batte the Nasrid tower, the Torre de Cijuela was destroyed – only ruins remain today. During the 15th century it was the residence of the sister of King Boabdil, Ceti Haxa. Once the Christians arrived from different parts of Spain to repopulate the area, the traditional crops were not grown anymore. The municipality grew poorer and the population declined. It became a town of some importance once again, illustrated by the construction of two high defensive towers that also no longer remain. It was not until the 19th century when it got its municipality status and the population stabilised.

Here vegetables such as courgettes grow in abundance. Local dishes include various salads made with white beans and leeks. It is also well known for stews and soups, such as the delicious chickpea and wheat soup.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Granada and its surroundings
Postcode: 18339
Distance from Granada (km): 18
Number of inhabitants: 2009
People: Cijueleños
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Aqueduct of the Canal de Cacín


This aqueduct, the Acueducto del Canal de Cacín, highlights the hydrological tradition of Cijuela. The aqueduct itself is of architectural interest and dates back to the mid-20th century.

Hoja de la Torre


This Moorish tower, officially classed as a monument and also known as the Pago de la Hoja de la Torre, is located near Cijuela. A wall of the original tower still remains, which was originally connected to the Torre de [...]

Iglesia parroquial de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno


This is a modern place of worship, which houses a beautiful painting of the Granada school dating back to the 15th century. This church was built on the site of another 18th-century church, which had been destroyed. It is dedicated [...]

Celebrations in honour of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno


The population of Cijuela celebrates the patron celebrations in honour of Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno in September. Throughout its multiple events the visitor could see the feeling and the devotion with which the villagers honoured their patron through parades, liturgical [...]


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