Iznate is a municipality situated within the Axarquia, of Arab origin, built on the hill of the same name, watered by the river Iznate, offering a typical landscape of the region, covered with olive trees, almond trees and vineyards, which has been consolidated as an area of agricultural production, producing the muscatel grape, from which is obtained excellent raisins and the best wines. The surrounding area offers breathtaking views of all the mountains that frame the Axarquia, from Pico Chamizo, in the Sierra de Camorolos, through Maroma in the Sierra Tejeda, and even Navachica, roof of the Sierra de Almijara.
Average annual rainfall in the municipality is 530 l/m2 and the average temperature is 17.6 º C
It is not known when the town of Iznate was founded, however, it is known that in ancient times it enjoyed the privilege of Behetria,, by which its population were absolute owners, without accepting the rule of anyone other than someone they designated, usually one from among themselves.
Its Arabic name is derived from hisnat, castles, or Hisn Aute, Castle of Aute. Some historians say that in the year 879, in a hamlet close to the village of Hisn Aute was born the famous rebel Caliphate, Omar Ben Hafsun.
Iznate surrendered to the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella when they conquered Vélez-Málaga in 1487. Later, being in one of the areas of conflict during the Moorish rebellion in mid-sixteenth century, the village joined in the revolt that was put down by John of Austria, and its inhabitants were expelled.
The village was deserted until 1574, when by order of Philip II and as recorded in the book of foundation kept at the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), there came a special commission to make an equitable distribution of land and inheritance of jurisdiction between Old Christians. These new settlers were from Antequera , Estepa and other cities of the interior, in a total of 59 families, whose names, origin, age, condition and other circumstances were listed in the book of foundation.
The church is built along a single nave and preserves some Tuscan paintings of great value.
Fuente Arabe de los Tres Deseos
San Gregorio Church
Fuente de Palsonada
Among the typical dishes of the cuisine of the malagueño municipality of Iznate must be mentioned the dishes of chickpeas and chard, ajo blanco, garlic soup, sopa de maimones and cod tortillas. Other dishes cooked in the Iznate style are tripe, squash casserole, salad Cateta, ensalada de pimientos, roasted peppers with cod, gazpacho iznateño, gazpachuelo, egg donuts and tomato soup.
Among the pastries worthy of mention are hornazos, pestiños, muscatel grapes and sweet wine.
From the Costa del Sol, take the Autovia Mediterraneo A-7 (N-340) from Malaga towards Motril. Some 20 kilometres before arriving at Vélez Málaga follow signs towards Cajiz and onto the MA-177, and on to Iznate. From Vélez Málaga, take the A-335, and just two kilometres from the capital of the Axarquia take the turning onto the MA-135 to Benamocarra. From this village continue on the MA-136 to Iznate.
Distances from Iznate
Almáchar 15 km
Vélez-Málaga 17 km