Written by Marta Palomo Hermoso and translated by Tanya Shew
Ferreira, a quaint little village in the Granada province, was named after the “iron” mineral, which is very abundant here.
WHAT TO DO OR SEE
One of the most important archaeological sites in the area has been found in Ferreira and include the remains of burials and urns dated back to the prehistoric era. The history and civilisations that have left their seal in Ferreira do not go unnoticed, because you find true historical and natural value in every corner.
Visitors can start by taking a look at the Argaric necropolis located next to the Cerro Juan Canal and from there, move on to the old iron ore sites. Nobody should miss an opportunity to check out a natural site called El Castañar, a forest of black poplar and chestnut trees, home to the chapel of Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza.
Returning to the village of Ferreira, there are also Arab baths built in the 13th and 14th Century, an excellent example of modest rural baths. There are three corridors running from north to south with ceilings vaulted with skylights. Unfortunately, they have been shut down since 1566, as they became too damaged to use and have never really been restored to their former glory, which is a pity.
Another footprint of the Arab times is the Almazaba, an ancient fortress that still conserves its outside walls despite the passing of time! The façade looks onto the main town square and there is a coat of arms over the door, albeit added later. The inside of the tower shows the ruins of an Arab house and the first thing you see upon entering is a bread oven, as surprising as it may be.
The cultural tour ends at the Parochial Church of La Anunciación built on what used to be the mosque.
In addition to learning about the rich cultural heritage, you can also connect with nature. Ferreira is located close to Puerto de la Ragua, in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, so ski or hiking lovers have many gorgeous routes to discover and keep fit at the same time!
The people of Ferreira know how to work with esparto grass and perform embroidery or crochet works, which can make very pretty souvenirs to take home with you.
Ferreira is well known for their traditional cheeses, almonds, cured sausages, garlic soup and roscos de vino.
The most important fiesta in Ferreira’s events calendar is held in April, traditionally during the last week, with the religious pilgrimage of Virgen de la Cabeza. It is a day where everyone goes out to the campo (countryside) to enjoy a day outdoors around a huge paella.
There are about 87 kilometres between Granada and Ferreira. To get to Ferreira from Granada, take the A-44 road towards Málaga until you reach the diversion on the A-44 towards Almeria. Go through Guadix on the A-337 and you’ll find that Ferreira is just after.