The history of Alquife is linked since ancient times to the extraction of minerals in the area. A farm that started this during the Roman Empire were the first inhabitants that captured the importance of the iron deposits. However, its name comes from the Arabic stage, when the villages was called "al-Kahf", which means the cave and referers likewise to the mines that were exploited during centuries. The old mine of Alquife was in operation until 1996 and is an open deposit, is considered to be the largest in Europe of its class and is the main attraction of the town. The mine monument located at the entrance of the village, gives a good reflection of it. Next to the town is now an abandoned mining town that even had  a church. Inside the mines has formed a lake by the flow of groundwater, which currently is a reservoir with a depth of about 30 meters. 

Points of Interest in Alquife

The church of Alquife
The church of Alquife

Festivities in Alquife

  • With Eastern are several procession held (Thursday and Friday);
  • In the weekend that is the closest to the 25th of April the fiestas in honor of San Marcos are celebrated;
  • At the end of April / beginning of May the festivities in honor of the patrona San Hermenegildo are celebrated (processions);
  • The Barrio de San Antonio (Meninas), celebrates the festival of San Antonio on the 13th of June;
  • Alquimia is a feast of cultural attractions which is held the first week of August;
  • The feast of the Virgen de Begoña takes place on the 15th of August, the day of the Assumption of the Virgen Maria;
  • On the 4th of December are the fiestas of Santa Bárbara celebrated;

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Basic Information Alquife

Alquife (37°10′48″N 3°06′57″O)

Altitude: 1191 meters

Population: 701 inhabitants (2014)



Distance to Granada: 80 km

Distance to the beach: 80 km (Adra)

Distance to Airport Malaga: 213 km

Distance to Airport Granada: 94 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low - medium - high


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  • Banks: yes
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  • Bars: yes

Location of Alquife

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