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Zagra

Villages in Granada

Zagra

The municipality of Zagra borders the municipalities of Algarinejo and Loja, being very close to Iznajar reservoir . This town is situated at the foot of a high hill atop which you can still see the remains of an ancient castle from which there are magnificent views. Its origin, like many other southern Spanish towns and villages, is Arabic. The name comes from the word “sajra” which means rock or pit.

The main economic activity is agriculture: olive groves occupy almost the entire municipal area, except of course the town itself.

Its name, derived from the Arabic, means border. This area, which straddles the districts of mountains of Granada and Loja, was the scene like so many other places in all Western Granada, of fierce fighting between the Muslims of the Nazari kingdom and the Christian troops of the Catholic Monarchs in the latter stages of the War of Granada.

Monuments

Iglesia Parroquial (Parish Church, XVIII century).

Archaeological sites

Remains of fortifications on top of the rock.

Urbanism

Casco urbano singular. (old town)
Ventorros Zagra.

Zagra Gastronomy

Locally produced made kid casserole and homemade sausages. Local recipes for ‘sobrehúsa’ and ‘la porra’. Among the noteworthy desserts are rosquetes, ‘roscos de viento’ (a kind of donut), and ‘borrachuelos piñonate’.

Directions

Leaving Granada. Take A-92 direction: Málaga – Sevilla – Airport. Keep going towards Málaga – Sevilla. Pass near Fuensanta and Loreto. Take the exit towards: Exit 193, A-4154 – Loja. Pass Loja. Continue along: A-4154. Pass Ventorros de San Jose and continue to Zagra.

Distances from Zagra

Salar 27 km
Loja 18 km
La Viña 4 km
Milano 30 km
Iznájar 34 km
Granada 73 km
Huétor Tájar 31km
Villanueva de Mesia 36 km
Moraleda de Zafayona 39 km


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