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Located in the centre of a plain of orchards and olive groves, Órgiva is the capital of the region of La Alpujarra. It has a wide choice of tourist accommodation, good restaurants, countless bars and entertainment facilities.

The district of Órgiva is part of the Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada and lies on the south side of the mountain range, at the confluence of the Río Guadalfeo and its tributary the Río Chico. It is a market town that traditionally has always supplied the entire region. The appearance of the town and the local lifestyle are a perfect combination of modern and traditional.

Although all the historical references seem to indicate that this town was founded in the Arab period, the origins of Órgiva go much further back in time. It has been linked with the Greek colony of Exoche, mentioned by Ptolemy.

During the Nasrid period it took the name of Albastch, (which means plain), and for several centuries it was called Albacete de Órgiva. In 1492 King Ferdinand gave it to Boabdil as a place to which he could retire. During the revolt of the Moors, during the reign of Philip II, a famous scene took place in the tower of the mansion of the Counts of Sástago. The governor Gaspar de Sarabia and 160 men, women and children, resisted a 17-day siege by rebels led by Aben Farag.

Local specialities include Pimentón de bacalao, Ajo tostado, Remojón, Choto al colorín and Tortas de higo.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Alpujarra and Valle de Lecrín
Postcode: 18400
Distance from Granada (km): 59
Number of inhabitants: 5370
People: Orgiveños
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Casa Palacio de los Condes de Sástago


This palace dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Of particular note is its architecture of Arab influence, unusual for the time. The tower, with its 26 battlements is particularly well preserved. The construction includes a number of different [...]

Ermita de San Sebastián


This chapel, with a single nave, is where the patron saint of Órgiva is worshipped.  It was built in 1589 on a former Visigoth fortress. It was left in ruins during the Civil War and rebuilt in 1951. The façade [...]

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Expectación


The building of this church began in 1580. It is built in classical Renaissance style, with barrelled vaulted ceilings and rounded arches. It has two soaring twin octagonal towers covered in slate, which create the famous picture of Órgiva. It [...]

Archivo Museo Ruiz de Almodóvar


This cultural centre is made up of a number of rooms containing art from the 19th and 20th century. It also contains furniture and objects d’art as well as paintings by the Granadan artist José Ruiz de Almodóvar and other [...]

Celebration in honour of San Sebastian


There is a mass in honour of San Sebastian, being the carving taken out in a parade around the village later.

Patron celebrations of San Sebastian (Bayacas)


They are celebrated the 20th of January if it is a Sunday and if not the next one. They honour the saint with a mass and a parade. The day ends with fireworks.

Procession of the Christ of the Expiration


The Friday previous to the one of Dolores – ten days before the beginning of Easter – the alpujarreños of the valley of the Guadalfeo have an appointment in Órgiva with the Christ of the Expiration. A magnificent carving attributed [...]


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