Canjayar (Almeria)

Canjayar Travel Guide


Coat of arms of Canjayar (Almeria)

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Coordinates: 37.010445°, -2.740622°

Distance to Almeria: 47 km

Elevation: 618 m

Population: 1,153 inhabitants (2023)

Demonym: Canjilón (a)

Canjayar is a municipality located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, in front of the Sierra de Gador, and has a climate with little rainfall, with very hot summers and very cold winters, whose temperatures range between 0º and 15º Celsius.

To find the origins of Canjayar, we have to go back to the Copper Age, as the prehistoric remains found in the Nieles Cave show. Also found in Canjayar are vestiges of Roman origin that allow historians to certify their presence in these lands.

The first mentions of Canjayar are made by the Arab geographer from Dalias AI-Idrisi in the 10th century. Later, during the 14th and 15th centuries, Canjayar was already located within the Taha of Luchar, where it enjoyed a prosperous economy due to its water resources.

In the 19th century, the famous Ohanes grape created an important economic development that reached its peak at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, when the population grew to 3,000 inhabitants. Currently, table grapes are maintained as the main crop, in addition to the olive tree (making Canjayar one of the most important olive-producing towns). Vegetables and fruit trees are produced in the same way.

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