Cijuela is a village of Arabic origin; originally named “Zujuela” which means “little plain”. It possesses very fertile soils and a series of fluvial networks, which provide water and irrigation for the whole area.
The most important archaeological remains found in Cijuela is an old Nasrid tower. It can be found in the outskirts of the village and has become a key destination for pilgrimages, nowadays it is known as Pago de la Hoja de la Torre.
To delve deeper into the history of Cijuela, visit la Iglesia de Jesús Nazareno. Inside this church there is a 15th century painting, as well as works from La Escuela Granadina, a famous school of art and sculpture. You should also take a look at el Acueducto del canal de Cacín, an aqueduct of special architectural interest.
Just next to the village, there is a poplar forest where visitors can enjoy the pleasant walks. In the municipal park, there is a lake with waters rich in minerals such as iron.
Local crafts include ceramic works and wooden carvings which you can purchase as souvenirs.
The diet in Cijuela is mainly comprised of products grown in its fields, such as potaje de garbanzos (chickpea stew) or guisantes con jamón (peas with ham). You should also try sandías (watermelon) and melones (melon) which are grown locally.
Cijuela celebrates its patron saints days in the middle of September, in honour of Jesús Nazareno. Another important fiesta is la Candelaria o del fuego, on 2 February.
Cijuela is 21km from Granada city. Take the A-329 and after Santa Fe change to the A-92.