Esfiliana was in 1974, merged into the municipality of Valley Zalabí. Esfiliana means in Roman Ex-Julia ("outside Guadix"), it was founded by the first Christians arrived in Acci (Guadix) around the year 306 AD.


With the arrival of the Muslims its name changed to Tustar or Xustar, and in the sixteenth century it was again Yxfilyana. After the rebellion of the Moors, in 1568, it was depopulated due to the expulsion of its 25 neighbors, repopulated later with some old Christians.


A street in Esfiliana
A street in Esfiliana

Points of Interest in Esfiliana

  • Church: Iglesia parroquial de "Santa María de la Anunciación;
  • Chapel: Ermita del Zalabí (Exfiliana);
  • Chapel: Ermita de las Ánimas (Exfiliana);
  • The caves of Los Anteojos and watch tower 11th century;
  • El Cigüeñí: ruins water tank;
  • Museo Ruiz del Peral en Exfiliana;
The church of Esfiliana
The church of Esfiliana

Festivities in Esfiliana

  •  On the 17th of January San Anton is celebrated;
  • In the last weekend of April the hermitage of Virgen de la Cabeza del Zalabí is held;
  • San Gregorio is celebrated on the 9th of May;
  • From the 24th till the 26th of June are the fiestas celebrated in honor of the patrons Santos Martires Juan y Pablo;
  • At the chapel Las Animas is Virgen del Carmen celebrated on the 16th of July;
Detail of a house in Esfiliana
Detail of a house in Esfiliana

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Basic Information Esfiliana

Exfiliana (37°16′01″N 3°06′13″O)

Altitude: 993 meters

Population: 557 inhabitants (2014)



Distance to Granada: 60 km

Distance to the beach: 100 km (Almeria)

Distance to Airport Malaga: 194 km

Distance to Airport Granada: 75 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low - medium - high


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

Location of Esfiliana

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