Loja – Granada

Loja in Granada province is a town in southern Spain. It is surrounded by the so-called Sierra de Loja, of which the highest peak, Sierra Gorda.

Local information

Ayuntamiento de Loja
Calle Duque de Valencia, 1, 18300 Loja (Granada)
Telephone: 958-321-156

Health Clinic Bars, shops, restaurants Schools Municipal pool Beach
1 h
Golf nearby Antequera 48km Malaga 73km Granada 55Km Seville 198km Bus and train
Malaga airport
Granada airport
Seville airport


Main information

First occupation of Loja in Granada took place on the XI century b.c. The remains of these prehistoric settlers of the Bronze Age rest under the surface of the Alcazaba neighbourhood. In 1991 Historians demonstrated a Roman presence, although reduced, in the Cerro de la Alcazaba.

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In Roman times, the city was called Tricolia due to its settlement on three hills. But everything indicates that Loja only acquired its true urban dimension with the coming of Arabs.

As a border town, it was involved in lots of military events, including its attack and destruction by Fernando III el Santo in 1225. Boabdil himself handed over the city to King Ferdinand of Aragon in 1486, after a siege of several days. There is a legend that says that Queen Isabel de Castilla said the famous phrase ‘Loja, flower between thorns’, referring to the triumph of Christian rebirth over the Islamic environment ‘heretic”.

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  • Feria Chica – It takes place the first week of June
  • Feria Grande – At the end of August this fair is celebrated with the most important day the 29th August.
  • Semana Santa – Holy Week in Loja was declared in 2003 as Fiesta de Interes Turistico Nacional de Andalucia, due to its singularity. The figure of ‘The censers’, groups of 8 members called ‘corrias’, which wear the ‘morrion’, a ‘capirote’ covered with silk or satin and fully decorated with beads. Its existence is dated from 1765 and simulated a guard that believed in the innocence of Jesus and pay homage by burning incense.

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