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Loja is located in Granada Region , Andalucia

Loja is a town in southern Spain, situated at the western limit of the province of Granada. It is surrounded by the so-called Sierra de Loja, of which the highest peak, Sierra Gorda.

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Quick information of Loja Andalucía:

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20641 residents

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Schools

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Antequera 48km Málaga 73km Granada 55Km Sevilla 198km

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82km to Malaga

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Health clinic

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Municipal pool

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Beach 1 h

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41km to Granada

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Shops, Bars, Restaurants

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Golf nearby

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Bus and train service

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200km to Sevilla

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Loja Andalucía Location

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Local Information

Loja Coat of Arms Granada Andalucia

Ayuntamiento de Loja

Calle Duque de Valencia, 1 18300 Loja (Granada) Telephone: 958 32 11 56  Web: http://www.aytoloja.org/ayuntamiento/index.htm

http://www.aytoloja.org/

Loja landscape Granada Andalucia

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Loja Information

First occupation of this location took place on the XI century b.c. The remains of these prehistoric settlers of the Bronze Age rest under the surface of the Alcazaba neighbourhood.

In 1991 Historians demonstrated a Roman presence, although reduced, in the Cerro de la Alcazaba. In Roman times, the city was called Tricolia due to its settlement on three hills.

But everything indicates that Loja only acquired its true urban dimension with the coming of Arabs. In the XI century it was called Medina Lauxa and it was an important town due to its strategic value in the custody role of the Vega de Granada

As a border town, it was involved in lots of military events, including its attack and destruction by Fernando III el Santo in 1225. Boabdil himself handed over the city to King Ferdinand of Aragon in 1486, after a siege of several days.

There is a legend that says that Queen Isabel de Castilla said the famous phrase "Loja, flower between thorns", referring to the triumph of Christian rebirth over the Islamic environment "heretic”.

Church Loja Andalucia Granada

 

Fiestas

Feria Chica: It takes place the first week of June and is similar to the fair that takes place at the end of August.

Feria Grande: This fair is celebrated at the end of August and the most important day is the 29th August.

Semana Santa: Holy Week in Loja was declared in 2003 as Fiesta de Interés Turístico Nacional de Andalucía, due to its singularity. The figure of "The censers", groups of 8 members called "corrías", which wear the "morrión", a "capirote" covered with silk or satin and fully decorated with beads. Its existence is dated from 1765 and simulated a guard that believed in the innocence of Jesus and pay homage by burning incense.

Landscape Loja Granada Andalucia

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