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Diezma is nestled into the plain at the foot of the Monte de la Yedra, at 1,233 metres above sea level. From here you get wonderful views of the Sierra Nevada and this is why the town is also known as ‘El Mirador de Sierra Nevada’ (meaning ‘the viewpoint of the Sierra Nevada’). Part of the municipal district is included in the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Huétor, so it is the ideal place to go hiking, biking and climbing, especially around the Castillo de Cabrera. The Cueva del Agua, a natural cave with stalactites and stalagmites, is of particular interest.

The climate here is pleasant: it is warm in summer and cold in winter. The local economy is based on agriculture, especially on olive growing. The original old town is well preserved, with its labyrinthine network of narrow streets.

The town dates back to the Roman period, when it served as a stopping place for travellers going along the Via Augusta from Acci to Iliberis. Its name comes from the term that alludes to a religious tax, the tithe (‘diezmo’ in Spanish) that residents paid to the church, which was a tenth  of the produce of the town.

In the Arab times the town was set away from the road and became a farmhouse called Dexma. In its new location it was constantly hit by raids from the Zirids and also the Christians led by Alfonso VI of Castile. From here, Christian troops tried to surround Guadix and access Granada.

When the Catholic Kings conquered the area in 1490, the lands were granted half to Luis Giral and half to Juan de la Cueva. However, in 1536 the former bought all the lands off Juan de la Cueva and established the title of Mayorazgo de Diezma, which later became an independent municipality. The first references to Diezma date back to the synod of Guadix and Baza.

During the 19th century French troops were also stationed here.

Diezma is famous for its excellent partridges cooked in a special sauce or marinade, as well as for its handmade cheeses and liquors. The local cuisine is certainly influenced by Moorish dishes. Other typical specialities are the Gachas, roast lamb, ham and gazpacho. For the festival of San Blas, special pastries are made, which are certainly worth a try.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Guadix and El Marquesado
Postcode: 18180
Distance from Granada (km): 40
Number of inhabitants: 860
People: Diezmeros o Diezmaritas
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Casa del Marquesado de Diezma


This is a manor house that was built in the 18th century.  Its façade, with its large arched gate, is particularly interesting. The artistic bars on the windows and balconies are very decorative. It is located in the square next [...]

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Anunciación


This church was built in 1545 and was dedicated to Our Lady of the Annunciation and later to Santo Cristo de la Fe as well after it was renovated in the 18th century. It is rectangular in shape and has [...]

Castillo de Cabrera


This Arab structure is situated on the upper part of the Río Fardes, which passes through Diezma. Two original structures made of big stone blocks, still stand today. Parts of what most probably was a cistern and some of its [...]

Los Bañuelos


This is a thermal water spring. It is a place that is used by many locals and foreigners to rest and relax.

Ibn al-Jatib Route

This route follows the itinerary from Murcia to Granada made by the last historian of Moorish Spain, Ibn al-Jatib, who was born in Loja in 1313 and died in Fez in 1370. It crosses beautiful landscapes in the Sierra de [...]

San Blas


La romería a San Blas se celebra generalmente el primer fin de semana de febrero. Son típicos la ‘rosca grande de San Blas’ (la hacen los mayordomos y quien ayuda a subir el santo al cerro es quien se la [...]

Celebration of San Anton


It is celebrated with bonfires the night of San Anton, the 16th of January. Around them they spend the day together and they burn the traditional manchos, esparto torches. Some people go around all the bonfires and they eat and [...]

Santísimo Cristo de la Fe


These patron celebrations, which last four or five days, include on its program two parades of the Cristo de la Fe around the town, one of them very quick. The other one it lasts four hours in which they hardly [...]


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