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The municipality of Gójar is part of the Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada and is located in the area known as La Campana Granadina, the area of the plain in which the ringing of the bell of tower Vela de la Alhambra can be heard. It is an extensive natural area, streaked with numerous hiking routes where you can visit interesting places including the Boca de la Pescá, Collado del Fraile, Fuente del Artillero, Molinos de Ampuero, Cerro del Bufón and Molino del Buquete.

These natural resources are complemented by an interesting group of ancient buildings, scattered both inside and outside of the town. In a bucolic environment, Gójar’s core is made up of old original houses, preserving the taste of history, and is free from any modern developments.

Henríquez de Jorquera, in his Annals of the Kingdom of Granada, dates the foundation of this town in the Muslim era, particularly in the Arab-Andalusian period. However, this is not based on any specific evidence. During this period, the population mainly worked in agriculture and forestry.

Later it was conquered by the Catholic Kings on their way to Granada. After the rebellion of the Moors, they were expelled from the town and in the second half of the 16th century Felipe II repopulated the town with settlers from other parts of the country. According to Tomás López’s dictionary and other documents, the town was known as Gójar de la Vega until the early 19th century.

The most typical agricultural products are used in all local dishes. They include almonds and oil. Particularly good recipes are the local leg of lamb and dishes that contain rabbit or veal. Other recipes include the many different types of soups and stews and the famous partridge with cabbage.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Sierra Nevada
Postcode: 18150
Distance from Granada (km): 8
Number of inhabitants: 4813
People: Gojeños o Paveros
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Ermita de las Tres Cruces


Although this shrine was originally located in the outskirts of Gójar, the growth of the town means that it is now located in the town centre. The Shrine of the Three Crosses was built in the 18th century.

Iglesia de la Santísima Virgen de la Paz


This church dedicated to the Most Holy Virgin of Peace dates back to the 16th century and has been well maintained. It has an octagonal tower made of brick and rubblework masonry, and is dedicated to the cult of Our Lady [...]

La Casa del Arco


This villa was built in Mudejar style, one of the many villas built in the past in this area, allowing its inhabitants to enjoy the area’s mild climate and beautiful scenery. It is located in the Haza de la Peña [...]

La Casa Grande


This is the name of one of the larger manor houses that are located in Gójar. This one dates back to the 16th century. Inside it has its own chapel that belongs to the Villanova family, as well as valuable [...]

San Marcos


The Party of the Spring is celebrated, the hornazos are cooked, typical bread buns with a boiled egg inside, and the people go to the river to have their lunch.

Celebration of the laurel


On the afternoon-evening of Easter Saturday the men of Gojar flirt with their girlfriends, and the girlfriends of the others as well, and they get together in groups and they offer them flowers and plants, laurel among them, as a [...]

Celebrations in honour of the Divina Pastora


During the celebrations of Gojar, all sort of activities and celebrations are organized. All types of sports (tennis, football indoor, volleyball, handball and bowlies tournaments) cucañas for kids, band races, foam parties, skate board exhibitions and crazy autos race among [...]


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