Illora – Granada

Illora in Granada province is located on the Sierra de Parapanda. From here you can see the multi-coloured landscape with its olive groves, farmland and orchards on the Vega del Genil, and the Sierra Nevada, which lies to the east. The white houses of Illora provice stand on the slopes of a rocky crag where they were originally built.

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The remains of the watchtower Atalaya de la Mesa still stand on the road towards Alcala la Real, as do the Torre de Tocon and the Torre de la Encantada in Bracana. You can enjoy excellent views along the entire length of the road to Montefrio, which goes up through the Sierra de Parapanda and the Sierra de Pelada.

Local information

Ayuntamiento de Illora
Plaza del Arco s.n. 18260 Illora (Granada)
Telephone: 958-433-926

Health Clinic Bars, shops, restaurants Schools Municipal pool Beach
1h 20 min
Golf nearby Malaga 105km Granada 40km Seville 230km Bus and train
Malaga airport
Granada airport
Seville airport


Main information

Some archaeological discoveries have been found in Illora in Granada belonging to prehistory, the Neolithic and mainly the copper age. Towards the year 600 b.c the Carthaginians landed in the Iberian Peninsula. Imposing their authority on the Phoenicians  consolidate the foundations of their empire. Illurco, which was the first name given to Illora.

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With the arrival of the Romans the colonies settled in the already existing villages. Of them, Plinio points out among the most celebrated of the interior to Illurco.

During the Muslim conquest there is less data on Illora in Granada province. Nevertheless it is deduced from the Christian chronicles that it must have been an important town with a fortress and suburbs. In June 1319 when the Vega of Granada was being devastated the town of Illora in came into the possession of the infantes Pedro and Juan de Castilla.

If they would have stayed one more day, affirms the Chronicle of Alfonso XI, they would have also taken its castle. On June 8 1486, the Catholic Kings conquered Illora.

After the Reconquest, the manors did not reach similar dimensions to those of other areas of the country. The abandonment of the original Muslim owners of the land, passing into Christian hands was the reason why this town lost its power. Economically, this period would be based on subsistence agriculture, with wheat and barley constituting the population’s food base.


    • Paparanda-Folk International Festival. It was declared festival of National Tourist Interest by its important relevance and the diffusion of the popular and ethnic culture of countries of the five continents. During one week groups of music and dance perform.
    • Festividad en honor de San Rogelio. The third weekend of August the celebrations in honour of San Rogelio take place. Cultural, religious and musical acts are celebrated.
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  • Dia de San Marcos. People still celebrate a curious tradition of tied the Devil to which they make knots in the branches symbolizing the fact of immobilizing the evil.
  • Feria Real de Ganado – One of the most important in Spain this Cattle Fair takes place in October.

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