Churriana de la Vega is a village known as the lungs of Granada city, due to its vast natural environment; it is a breath of fresh air outside of the city.
The Muslim legacy is evident in every corner of this village, whose population dates from the 14th century. A very important historical event in the Nasrid era took place here. After a meeting between the Catholic Monarchs and the delegates of Boabdil, Granada was surrendered.
Visitors to Churriana de la Vega can enjoy some ancient Arabic hammam baths. These have been declared Bien de Interés Cultural (a Property of Cultural Interest) and date from the 12th and 13th century.
Also worth visiting are two houses, Casa Calvo Valero and Casa de Don Bernardo. The latter was a cavalry barracks during the war of Independence. Other monuments to visit in Churriana de la Vega include la Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza and la Iglesia de la Visitación de la Virgen, this church was built on the site of an old mosque.
Lovers of rural tourism will find various houses and estates here to enjoy nature in its purest form.
Churriana de la Vega is traditionally an agricultural village and its produce features heavily in the typical diet. You can try dishes such as puchero del col (cabbage stew) or migas (a dish made with breadcrumbs, garlic, olive oil and other ingredients). For dessert, try torijas (Spanish french toast), pestiños (a type of doughnut usually topped with sugar or cinnamon) and leche frita (“fried milk”- made by adding milk and sugar to flour which is then fried).
The patron saints days are in August and are usually marked with a procession. It is also traditional to celebrate the fiesta of las Cruces de Mayo, with a competition for the best floral decoration of streets and plazas.
Churriana de la Vega is 7km from Granada city. Take the A-44.