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An area comprising of three small villages; Gu�jar Alto, Gu�jar Fond�n and perhaps the most well known of the three Gu�jar Farag�it. The name Gu�jar derives from the Arab word Wa-run, which means steep, of difficult access. In recent years however the difficulty reaching the villages has become a bonus as the valley and villages of Los Gu�jares have retained the natural beauty and charm of traditional Spanish villages lost by more commercial towns. Through out the Los Gu�jares valley the ancient Muslim irrigation systems are still in use and used to cultivate the bananas, avocados and cherimoyas (custard apples) grown there today. Acueducto del poblado fortificado de El Castillejo. Diciembre de 2009
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The three villages share one town hall (Ayuntamiento), which is situated in Gu�jar Farag�it. This is usually considered the most important of the three villages, and in addition to the town hall and council has an old fortified town that is still well preserved. Known as El Castillejo the walled town is at the top of the hill near Gu�jar Farag�it, and is thought to have been built between the end of the XIII century and the beginning of the XIV, by the Almohads during Moorish rule of Spain. It was the same Almohads � a Muslim dynasty and religious group that ruled the Iberian Peninsula in the 12th Century � who were the first to settle in the valley, building farmhouses and cultivating the land. When Spain was retaken from the Moors by the Catholic Kings, the Gu�jares were divided up as spoils by some of the main lieutenants. Gu�jar Farag�it went to Luis de Portocarrero while Gu�jar Fond�n was given to Don Juan de Ulloa. In later years, following further explusion of the Moors, the farmhouses established in the valley by the Almohads were reduced to the three Gu�jares which remain today.


In addition to a bakery and fresh fish vans on a daily basis each of the villages has several bars and restaurants including one in Gu�jar Fond�n which serves very good pizzas! Especially popular are the homemade sausages, sun-dried tomato salads, apricots and choto al ajillo (baby goat in garlic sauce) - one of most famous dishes made in the region.

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