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The town of Loja is located in the westernmost part of the province of Granada and borders with the provinces of Malaga and Cordoba. Among the highlights of the municipality is the glacial lake (also known as Charco del Negro) located in Sierra de Loja, its nature and its rich cultural heritage which will be discussed throughout this guide.
The name comes from Lauxa surely given in the past by the existence of stone quarries in Sierra de Loja and exploited by the Romans. Loja´s name comes from the time of Al-Andalus, during which the city reached great importance.
The earliest human remains found dating back more than 150,000 years ago and the first settlement of the Bronze Age, exactly beneath the neighbourhood of the Alcazaba. The Phoenicians would flourish the city thanks to its trade and culture.
During the Roman period the city was called Tricolia as it is situated between three hills. It was not until the arrival of the Arabs when Loja reached its true potential and eventually became a border city of strong strategic value until it was finally conquered by the Christians.
The great cultural legacy of Loja includes important buildings, including dishes and Arabic influences and festivals throughout the year.
Church Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion
Bridge of Gran Capitan
San Marcos Day
Hiking Trails in Loja
How to get to Loja
If you drive from Malaga to Loja take the direction north towards Casabermeja and Villanueva del Trabuco following the signs until finally you get to Loja.
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