According to most historians, "Zafarraya" comes from the Arabic "al-ra Faha iyya" meaning "field of pastors," although others argue that rather derives  Saiarraya which can be translated as "limit of territory." Anyway, this place has been human settlements from the Neanderthal. The  evidence for this are the remains of the so called 'Zafarraya man' (in the cave Boquete de Zafarraya), which is dated back to 30.000 years ago. The town was occupied by the Romans and Muslims. With the earthquake in 1884, 30% of the village was  destroyed. In the town are two monuments; the church Inmaculada Conceptión and the hermitage Christo de la Tres Marias. 


Countryside of Zafarraya
Countryside of Zafarraya

Points of Interest in Zafarraya

  • Church: Inmaculada Conceptión;
  • Hermitage Christo de la Tres Marias.

Festivities in Zafarraya

  • The traditional fiestas are celebrated from the 1st untill the 3rd of May in honor of the Tres Marias.

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Basic Information Zafarraya

Zafarraya (36°58′25″N 4°08′29″O)

Altitude: 893 meters

Population: 2023 inhabitants (2014)



Distance to Granada: 88 km

Distance to the beach: 34 km (Torre del Mar)

Distance to Airport Malaga: 79 km

Distance to Airport Granada: 76 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low - medium - high


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

Location of Zafarraya

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