Poniente Granadino

The Poniente Granadino district spans the western part of Granada. It includes mountain ranges, valleys, plains and countryside that together form a rich and diverse landscape. The Poniente Granadino borders with the western mountain ranges as well as with the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama. This borderland is a mixture Christian and Arab cultures, with an ancient past.

Nature has been generous with this area. From the plains of the Río Genil to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada, this is a place where pines, cork trees and oak trees offer homes to the ibex, the golden eagle, the peregrine falcon and the goshawk. It is a natural environment that perfectly absorbs the typical Moorish villages such as Alhama de Granada, Arenas del Rey and Jayena.

The southwest is the most mountainous area and it is where the Tajos de Alhama – an impressive series of vertical walls topped by the town of Alhama de Granada – is located. The dolmens of the Peña de los Gitanos are a testimony to the megalithic cultures that once inhabited the region. Later the Iberians arrived, and then the Romans and the Visigoths. It was even the backdrop of the fall of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada. La Alhama was the doorway to the capital of the last Nasrid kingdom, made up of white villages with narrow streets built around old castles to defend the border from the Christian attacks.

This area’s traditional cuisine is based on ancient recipes inherited from the old Muslim and Jewish settlers. Ingredients of the finest quality are used. They include typical dishes from Andalucía such as gazpacho, stews, recipes using trout caviar from the Riofrio, asparagus from Huétor-Tájar, homemade goats cheese from Montefrio or the plains of Zafarraya, and typical Arab pastries from Loja.

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The Alcazaba, the military and administrative centre of the large medieval town, still maintains its ruinous look from the times of Philipp II. The town was first built in 895 and continued to expand until the 18th century.

Alhama Castle

Alhama de Granada/Monuments

This castle was built on an ancient Arabian citadel. It is made of irregular stone and was rebuilt in the early part of last century. It is located in the centre of town. It is privately owned and is not [...]

Antigua Casa de Cabildos


The Antigua Casa de Cabildos is located in the Plaza de la Constitución, the historic centre of this Renaissance town. It was the headquarters of Loja’s town council for 437 years, from its construction in 1490 until 1927, the year [...]

Arab baths of Alhama de Granada

Alhama de Granada/Monuments

The Balneario de Alhama is a monument of great historical interest. The balneario is a perfectly preserved set of baths dating back to the 12th century built by the Arabs.

Arab castle


This fort was part of the first line of defence of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, although its existence is already documented several centuries earlier. There are two separate areas of the castle and a large enclosure of considerable proportions. [...]

Arab watchtower


This watchtower dates back to the Arab period, and is the only one still standing of a series of watchtowers that guarded the route between Granada and Alhama. The watchtower is located in the Hacienda de San Rafael, near where [...]

Caño Wamba

Alhama de Granada/Monuments

This public fountain dates back to the 16th century. On it you can see the coat of arms of the Catholic Kings and Charles V. It is situated in the centre of the town.

Casa Almenada

Castillo de Tajarja/Monuments

This is probably the oldest building in the village. It was used as prison in the Moorish period. In the upper part you can see the railing of the door of the church dating back to 1840. José Alvarez de [...]


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