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The village of Jete is located inland from the Costa Tropical in Granada province, and has become a popular destination for rural tourism. It is to the south of the Sierra de Almijara, and its village centre extends between the banks of the río Verde.
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Architecturally speaking, the most important buildings are the Iglesia Parroquial de San Antonio, built between the 16th and 17th centuries and home to works by the Granada sculptor Alonso de Mena; and la Ermita de la Virgen de Bodíjar, named after the patron saint of the village. This chapel is located four kilometres from Jete village centre, at the top of the Bodíjar ravine, and offers an amazing panoramic view of the río Verde valley and the Mediterranean Sea. Two other viewpoints, the Mirador de los Acebuches and the Mirador de los Algarrobos, also offer great views over the surrounding area.
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Avid hikers can choose between seven routes which pass through the outskirts of Jete. One of these is the Cortijo del Guarda, which leaves from the Camino de la Hoya and finishes at Cueva de las Vacas, on a 1.5km route. Others are the Gelibra, from the centre of Jete to the Cortijada de Gelibra (3km); and the Ruta Forestal, which starts at the foot of Sierra Bodíjar and finishes at the Cueva de las Vacas (2km).
The most important element of Jete's gastronomy is the wine: whites and reds which are considered some of the best in Granada. Tropical fruits such as custard apples, mangoes and avocados are also grown here. Typical dishes include migas de pan (a dish made with breadcrumbs, garlic, olive oil and other ingredients), choto al ajillo (veal in garlic), puchero de hinojos (fennel stew) and various recipes made with local tropical fruits. Popular desserts and snacks in Jete are pan de higo (fig bread), mantecados (cupcakes), almendras garrapiñadas (caramel coated peanuts/almonds) and tortas de chicharrones (pork scratchings).
The three most popular fiestas in Jete are the patron saint's festival in honour of the Virgen de Bodíjar, which takes place between the end of December and the start of January; la Romería a la Ermita de la Patrona, last Sunday in April, and Semana Santa, with the usual processions.
Jete is 70km from Granada city. Take the A-44 (direction Motril), and after passing Salobreña and Almuñecar, take the A-4050 to Jete.