La Calahorra

Its name comes from "Qalat al-horra" whose meaning is not clearly defined by experts, but it seems clear that refers to a defense tower. This town, "Puerta de la Alpujarra" has had great historical significance which is reflected in the defensive walls of its impressive castle. Phoenicians, Visigoths, Arabs and Christians have inhabited the land which resulted in a great cultural mix. 

The castle is one of the first Italian Renaissance castles outside Italy. It was also the first time in Andalucia these architectural features where displayed. The castle was constructed between 1509 and 1512 on the site of a former Moorish fortification. It combines three different constructive and stylistic trends: the Spanish defensive architecture, purest Renaissance and Mudejar. The result is in its appearance a fortress and exquisite and intimate palace inside.

Historic building (ruin) in La Calahorra
Historic building (ruin) in La Calahorra

Points of Interest in La Calahorra

View of Calahorra and its castle
View of Calahorra and its castle

Festivities in La Calahorra

  • On the night of the 16th of January San Anton is celebrated;
  • On the 19thth of March the festivities of San José are held;
  • With Eastern processions are held;
  • On the 25th of April San Marcos el Evangelist is celebrated;
  • On the night of the 2nd to the 3rd of May you can enjoy the feast of Crosses;
  • On the 9th of May the festivities of the patron of the village, San Gregorio Nacianceno, start (procession);
  • In May is the day of the la Ascensión celerated;
  • The fiestas of Virgen de Fátima are celebrated on the 13th of May and the San Isidro Labrador on the 15th of May;
  • The day of Corpus Christi is celebrated in June;
  • On the 18th of July is the patron of Spain Santiago celebrated;
  • On the last days of August and the 1st day of September Santo Cristo de las Penas is celebrated (procession);
  • On the 12th of October Día de la Raza is celebrated;
  •  Santa Bárbara is celebrated on the 4th of December;

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Basic Information La Calahorra

La Calahorra (37°10′46″N 3°03′44″O)

Altitude: 1192 meters

Population: 748 inhabitants (2014)



Distance to Granada: 75 km

Distance to the beach: 75 km (Adra)

Distance to Airport Malaga: 208 km

Distance to Airport Granada: 89 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low - medium - high


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

Location of La Calahorra

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