Íllora stands at the foot of the Sierra de Parapanda, and is one of a series of villages in western Granada that are forming a ‘tourist trail’ highlighted by the characteristics of the region in which they are to be found.
Take a brief tour of the municipality of Íllora and you can admire the attractive villages and hospitable people that comprise it (the Ayumtimiento of Illora covers 5 villages), each with its own merits to belong to the tourist route in which gastronomy and natural beauty would certainly be highlighted, while amongst other reasons to visit would be the rich folklore and many traditional fiestas. These other 5 villages are Alomartes, Tocon, Escoznar, Obeilar and Brácana.
Illora was known as Illurco in ancient times. It was populated by Swabians, Visigoths and, with the Arabs, became a major population centre along the belt of the city of Granada.
The remains of what was a magnificent Moorish castle, which played an important role in the Spanish conquest, are to be found at the top of the gorge that dominates the town. It was one of the most important defenses of Granada, along with the fortresses of Moclín and Alcalá la Real.
Illora was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1483, the young Captain Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba became its first mayor.
Casa López Font
Church of Sorrows
Alomartes Mill Museum
Started in 1541, work on the major chapel and tower was performed under the supervision of Diego de Siloé on a plot of land that was probably occupied first by a mosque and then by a church in mudejar style. During the XVII and XVIII centuries the vaults of the nave and the choir were built unde the supervision of Juan de Maeda. The predominating style in the church is Renaissance, although Gothic survive.
Artistically it is a vast yet simple building, with two facades that allow entry to the interior. The first of these is the oldest, again attributed to Juan de Maeda. The other, lateral façade is of mannerist stylization, and we can note its sculptural group of the Annunnciation, two sculptural blocks, in classic form and with expressive carving. The church is a rectangular nave, divided in four by pilasters that end in a cornice that covers all the church. The tower that rises the high altar is an austere, tall and solid prism.
The church of La Encarnación is noted in the Registro General de Bienes de Interés Cultural since 20th of March 1980.
Beans, lentils and kidney beans are grown in the area, although olives are the most important crop. Most of these ingredients are used to make dishes like garlic soup, gazpacho, chickpea stew, migas, casseroles and ratatouille. Wild asparagus is cooked in ‘miguilla’, in an omelette or fried as in collejas and cardos. Typical recipes of the locality include: gachas de mosto, el remojon, beans ‘illoreno’, and las ‘pencas con miguillas’.
Leaving Granada. Continue along: A-92G. Turn right: N-432 heading to Atarfe – Córdoba. Pass Atarfe and Pinos Puente. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit Continue along: A-336. Pass Zujaira and continue until you reach Íllora.
Distances from Illora
Granada 33 km
Tocon 11 km
Brácana 13 km
Zujaira 11 km
Escoznar 8 km
Alomartes 4.5 km
Valderrubio 11 km
Montefrío 19 km
Pinos Puente16 km
Villanueva Mesia 19 km