Igualeja, a hidden gem in the heart of the Serranía de Ronda where the Genal river rises, transforming the town as if it were an aquatic paradise.
Where is Igualeja located
Igualeja is located 105km from Malaga capital with a population of 763 inhabitants. The municipal term has a dimension of almost 44km square.
The origin of the name Igualeja
There are two theories:
- The name of the town of Igualeja perhaps comes from the Arabic term “al-walay”, which means “the bend”.
- From the word in Castilian “Iguales” (equals), which would refer to the equal distribution made by the Christians after the expulsion of the Moriscos who rebelled in 1570.
Denonym of the people of Igualeja
The inhabitants are called “igualejeño or igualejeña”.
Monuments and places to visit in Igualeja
- Church Santa Rosa de Lima: Built at the beginning of the 16th century on the remains of the old mosque after the reconquest of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. The only part that remains of the orginal church is the tower that is the old seminary of the mosque. In the 17th century a deep reform was made to reinforce the bell tower of the tower. Inside the church are the images of Saint Anthony of Padua, the crucified, Child Jesus and Saint Gregory the Great who is the patron saint of the town, all from the 17th century. Other images inside the church are Santa Rosa de Lima, Virgen del Carmen and Virgen de la Inmaculada.
- Birth of the river Genal: A natural monument in a picturesque place at the entrance to the town of Igualeja. Here where the Genal River is born and then ends at the Guadiaro River. The river is born in a grotto that creates a relaxing place next to a park with a playground, a perfect place to rest and relax.
- Chapel of Señor de la Misericordia: Located in Plaza de Andalucía, a small 18th century chapel also known as the Niche of the Lord of Mercy that houses the image with the same name. Inside you can see a painting from the 18th century Granada school. Near this hermitage, the bandit Juan “Zamarilla” was shot on November 10, 1851 by the soldiers of the Barbastro Hunters Regiment battalion.
- Hermitage of Divino Pastor: The hermitage is an 18th century construction. This hermitage is believed to have been part of a historical nunnery. The hermitage is built in Andalusian-Baroque style. It was restored after its destruction during the Spanish Civil War and the latest restauration is from 2001. The hermitage houses the images of Saint Joseph and the Divine Shepherd. On the ceiling you can see a painted fresco.
Where to eat and drink in Igualeja
- Bar Restaurante El Nacimiento:At the entrance of the town you can find the source of the Genal River. In this fabulous picturesque place there is Restaurante el nacimiento which from its terrace you can enjoy the views and listen to the stream of the water. It is a family business with homemade dishes and meals. The owner Miguel very friendly explaining curiosities about the town. If you are going to visit this place, do not forget to mention that you have seen it on the Inside Malaga page.