Diezma, at 1,233 m of altitude, next to the carriageway that links Guadix and Granada, has outstanding features in the old part of town such as: the Church of Santo Cristo de la Fe, with a Neo-Mudéjar tower, and the 18th century Palace-House of the Marquis of Diezma. In the outskirts, a thermal water spring, called Los Bañuelos, is very popular amongst the locals, and the Cave of the Water, a natural grotto with stalactites and stalagmites, can be seen.
HistoryThe word diezma refers to the money that in the past was paid to the Church for agricultural exploitation, i.e. the tithe; the Moors called it Dexme, probably a derivation of the Visigoth toponym. Although the history of this village dates back some time, it was an enclave in the Roman Augusta Road, which linked Acci with Iiiberis.
It was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1490, and from 1530 it was known as an alquería (farmhouse AREA). It was purchased from the Crown of Castile by Luis Guiral in 1536 with the title of Mayorazgo de Diezma, as an entailed state.
José Higueras, tennis player.