A2 – Writing: Description of a place

The town where I live

Loja, which is one of the most important towns in the west of Granada, is the place where I live. It’s a medium sized town in the area known as the Poniente Granadino and it has a population of about 22,000 people.

Loja isn’t very rich industrially. Its economy is based on the service and agricultural sectors and it also has a small marble industry. It’s a clean and interesting town full of a rich monumental heritage, too. Loja has been declared a World Heritage site. There are three main Renaissant churches: Major Church of La Encarnación, St. Catherine’s church and St. Gabriel’s church. In the historic centre is the alcazaba district , the only walled neighbourhood from the old Medina Lawsa, but there are some districts around the town with modern residential areas full of blocks of flats, restaurants and places where you can buy things.

The weather is typical of the continental Mediterranean climate. Winters are cold and rainy and summers are dry and hot. The annual average temperature — about 16 degrees — is ideal for sightseeing.

Loja is famous for its Holy Week celebrations, declared an Event of National Tourist Interest, where you can see elements as the “corrías de ìncensarios”. It’s also famous for its food and has many local specialities, like the nationally well-known “rosco de Loja” (which comes from an Arab recipe), trout and sturgeon from Riofrío, extra virgin olive oil, asparagus, lamb with own designation of origin, honey, hams and other cured pork products. They’re delicious! One of its best tourism attractions is free gliding activities.

What I like best about Loja is that we are so close to nature. There are a lot of routes routes where you can be in touch with nature. One of them is the Water Route, which has numerous springs, rivers and streams, as well as over one hundred fountains. 
María Ascensión Moral Fernández. 2º Básico, Semipresencial

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