Town of 750 inhabitants that is located in the south east of the region of Alhama. There are prehistoric remains from the Neolithic period. On the other hand, there are also indications of the presence of the Romans. However, it seems that its foundation corresponds to the Islamic period, in which it was known as Chayyana.  In the nineteenth century Napoleon's troops passed through this place during the War of Independence. In 1884 an earthquake destroyed completely the town, but it was rebuilt thanks to the contributions received. The people are living from agriculture (almonds and olives). Half of the munipality is situated within the Natural Park Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama.

Detail of the church in Jayena (inside)
Detail of the church in Jayena (inside)

Points of Interest in Jayena

  • Church: a iglesia parroquial del Santísimo Sacramento;
  • Arabic tower Peña Gorda;
  • The mansion of the Marquis of Campotéjar, attached to the church through a shed;
  • Various caves: El Puntal, Las Grajas, Cerrabé, Alacranes, Toril, Zocahí;
  •  Natural Park Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama
A "tinao" in Jayena
A "tinao" in Jayena

Festivities in Jayena

  • On the 13th of June the people celebrate San Antonio de Padua by having a picknick on the country side.
  • In the third week of August the fiestas are held in honor of the patron Virgen del Rosario with numerous and various activities.


The town hall of Jayena
The town hall of Jayena

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Basic Information Jayena

Jayena (36°56′56″N 3°49′22″O)

Altitude: 912 meters

Population: 1212 inhabitants (2014)



Distance to Granada: 46 km

Distance to the beach: 52 km (Almuñecar)

Distance to Airport Malaga: 117 km

Distance to Airport Granada: 37 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low - medium - high


  • Supermarkets: yes
  • Banks: yes
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Bars: yes

Location of Jayena

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