Ugíjar, Alpujarra Granadina
Ugijar is to be found in the eastern part of the ‘Alpujarra Granadina’, about 105 km from the provincial capital, in southeastern Spain. The town is bordered the Granadina municipalities of Nevada, Valor, Alpujarra de la Sierra, Cádiar and Murtas and by the Almerian municipality of Alcolea.
The ugijareño Ayuntamiento is formed by the nuclei of Ugijar, Cherín, Jorairatar, Los Montoros and Las Canteras.
Ugíjar-situated in the valley of the river Nechite-, is considered the ‘gateway’ to the province of Almeria.
The name ‘Ugíjar’ seems to come from Roman times, from the Latin ‘hortum sacrum,’ which means sacred garden.
Having profound Arabic roots, it was capital of the Moorish taha of the same name, had a thriving textile industry, and is quoted in the Chronicles of authors such as al-Udri (XI century), al-Idrisi (XII century) and al-Khatib (XIV century). It received the title of city in 1493, while Boabdil was still Lord of the Alpujarras.
Monuments in Ugíjar
Church of the Virgen del Martirio, Mudejar style.
San Antón Chapel
Manor houses in the Plaza of the Constitution, built between the XVI and XVII centuries)
. Fuente del Arca (1785).
Pozo de la Virgen. (well)
Plaza de Ayuntamiento (Town Hall Square)
Calles de Convento and de Aguilera.
Urban areas of Cherin and Jorairatar.
Manor houses (XVI and XVII centuries).
Very popular and well thought of in Ugíjar are game dishes, including pickled partridge. Ugíjar hams also are well known, but one of its most original and tasty recipes is a marinade prepared with olives and cod. Moreover, this town is also known for a variety of turron, (a kind of nougat) made by a craftsman, a member of an ancient family who take it from feria to feria (fair to fair) throughout all of Spain.
Arriving from Madrid by the Autovia de Andalucia
Coming from Madrid, about 30 km before arriving in Granada, turn off towards Iznalloz and Guadix.
In Guadix go towards Almeria to the intersection for La Calahorra.
Pass through el puerto de La Ragua, altitude 2000 metres, and you will arrive in Laroles, where you can choose to go down to Cherin, or continue and Mairena and Mecina Alfahar.
This route allows you to admire magnificent landscapes, although it should be taken at an easy pace, as these are all high mountain roads.
Arriving from western Andalucia by A-92
Before coming to Santa Fe, continue along the autovia, direction Baza, until you reach Guadix.
Then direction Almeria……. from Granada
You can choose to take the highway to Madrid and head towards Baza to Guadix or also go towards Motril, turning off towards Lanjaron.
Before you get to Orgiva turn off towards Capileira and head towards Alpujarra Alta.
Via Pitres, Portugos, Busquistar, Trevelez, Juviles carry on until you come to an intersection for Bechules, which will take you to Cadiar or Mecina Bombarón.
You can also go via Orgiva and go towards Torvizcon and Cadiar.
From Cadiar go by Mecina Bombarón,Yegen and Valor.
At the exit for Cadiar there is an intersection indicating Yator. This road will also lead to Ugijar.
Arriving from Motril
Go in the direction of Granada and turn off towards Velez Benaudalla along the road towards Orgiva to Cadiar.
Arriving from Almeria
Take the motorway to El Ejido, and climb towards Dalias and Berja.
Distances from Ugíjar
Yegen 13 km
Yátor 10 km
Valor 7 km
Cádiar 15 km
Laroles 15 km
Órgiva 53 km
Granada 105 km
Jorairatar 10 km
Láujar de Andarax 22 km