The fiestas patronales of Baza (Granada) are enjoyed during these days by this pueblo
of approximately 20,000 people. The combination of the fiesta del Cascamorras and the
feria has been declared of national tourist interest.
This area of Granada province has an archaeologically interesting and historic past, as
well as stark contrasts in its landscape - from the Sierra to land that is practically
desert with an oasis of green (vega) in between.
It is here that rural tourism has started to become popular, thanks to its unique
casa-cuevas (cave houses).The origin of this fiesta dates to the 15th-16th centuries
after the reconquest of Granada by the Catholic kings.
This fiesta commemorates a struggle between two towns and the return of the Virgen de
la Piedad which was recovered by a stonemason named Juan Pedernal in the 15th century.
Today's ammunition, however, bathes the townspeople in paint and colored water rather
than more lethal weaponry.