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Darro is located at 1200 metres above sea level, in the heart of the Sierra Arana, from where you can enjoy amazing views of the Cordillera Penibética. The town belongs to the municipality of Hoya de Guadix, where one of the oldest and most important prehistoric sites in the province is located, the Cueva Horá. This cave is almost like a natural bridge. Its two entrances connect the inner area of ​​the mountain range with the valley of Guadix, which throughout history has made it ideal for monitoring dams and stalk hunting. The area has been occupied by man for at least 30,000 years. It was discovered in 1925 by the German archaeologist Obermaier and it was excavated three decades later by the Swiss archaeologist Spanhi and the Spanish archaeologist Pellicer. It was not until the 1970s when its great value was really understood: according to experts and archaeologists, the presence of Neanderthal man and a settlement of the Mousterian culture are undisputable. Flint tools and bones of various animals such as deer, turtles and even rhinos were found here.

The town centre is a mixture of the architectonic styles typical of Andalucía and La Mancha. This was due to the repopulation after the Moorish rebellion, resulting in a curious combination of buildings. Here there is a famous fountain with 24 pipes, which is hugely popular amongst the people of this place. The agricultural activity of this municipality is based on the cultivation of cereals and olives.

This area has been inhabited in the Palaeolithic era, the Bronze Age and Neolithic period. The existence of fertile land so close to the rivers, as well as the iron and copper deposits, made this a popular site throughout the ages. Pieces of great value and historical importance have been found here, pointing to the existence of these prehistoric settlements.

The town has been known throughout its history as Harat Darro and Hadarro. During the Arab era it was not a town of great importance and after the Christian conquest its population plummeted with the expulsion of the Moors. Later, it was repopulated with settlers from other regions.

In the 18th century, the Marquis of Ariza donated the land where the parish church stands to the town. In recent times, new buildings have been built in Darro to complement the older ones.

Darro is famous for its excellent sausages, including chorizo, blood sausage and pepperoni. In its most traditional recipes include the grilled lamb and suckling goat. Some of the best local pastries are the Tortas de pringue and the Rosco de huevo.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Guadix and El Marquesado
Postcode: 18181
Distance from Granada (km): 45
Number of inhabitants: 1488
People: Darreños
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Iglesia parroquial Nuestra Señora de la Anunciación


This church is presumably a lot later than the stone plaque suggests, which states it was built in 1782. This inscription also explains that the land on which the church stands was a donation from the Marquis de Ariza.  The [...]

Abrigo de Luis Martínez


Here you can see Traces of rock painting. The remains dating back to the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age have been uncovered showing interesting schematic paintings.

Cuevas de Panoría


Some cave paintings were found here that date back to the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age. In all there are five small painted caves.

Portillo del Toril


This shelter houses some remains from the Neolithic period, the Bronze Age and the Roman period.

Celebrations in honour of San Tiburcio and Nuestra Señora del Amparo


They have a bigger religious character than the ones celebrated in August in this town. They celebrate a mass followed by the Procession of the Patron and besides, they have sport, cultural and recreational activities.

Celebrations of the emigrant


They last several days and they include sport competitions and recreational activities. They have as well the popular bull corridas.


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