Capitulations of Santa Fé

Capitulations of Santa Fé changed the history of Europe and the world.
This location to the west of Granada is famous for its Pionono cakes. Everyone associates the name of Santa Fé with this typical Granada cake. But it is also known historically for the Capitulations of Santa Fé in 1492.

Pionono´s if you aren’t familiar with them are cakes created by Ceferino Isla in Santa Fé at the end of the 19th century. Made with cinnamon. Honey and cinnamon were of course widely used in Muslim cuisine. This has been adopted by the catholics in their dishes too. The Piononos were named after the Pope Pius IX. Pio Nono in Latin. Supposedly the shape of the cake is the same shape as the Pope´s headdress. They are sold in cake shops throughout Granada. (you must try one if you get the opportunity..they are delicious)

Capitulations was the word used for agreements or contracts signed between Royalty and civilians at the time. This statue below (in Granada) captures the moment in 1492.

Isabel la Catolica and Christopher Columbus Statue - Gran Via, Granada Spain

The Capitulations of Santa Fe between Christopher Columbus and the Catholic Monarchs were signed in this location over 500 years ago. The documents actually took over 3 months to prepare. The originals have not been kept, the earliest copy is from 1493. The documents are kept in el Archivo de la Corona de Aragón, in Barcelona and in Seville in the Real del Archivo General de Indias.

You can actually look up this document as Capitulaciones del Almirante don Cristóbal Colón and see it online at Portal de Archivos Españoles (PARES).

At this time Santa Fé was an encampment set up by the Catholic kings to prepare the conquest of nearby Granada. This town is just 11 kilometers from Granada.

Sin título

This document is a key moment in Spanish history as his gave the support to Columbus project which went on to discover the Americas. Christopher Columbus would receive 10% of the riches and goods that he got along the journey.

Medieval Market

The festivities of this historic day are celebrated every April. 17th April is a local holiday. The town is a hive of activity with street parades, dancing, and concerts. There are Medieval market stalls and plenty of children´s activities. This year over 100 stalls will be set up at this market. There will be Falconry exhibitions and medieval dancing.

The stalls are along Calle Real and close to Plaza de España in the town of Santa Fé. Children’s activities will be mainly held on the Plaza Garcilaso. Storytelling, donkey rides and craft working sessions are just a few of the activities for the little ones.


Full  details in Spanish at the Link: Capitulaciones 2013 – Ayto of Santa Fe

This year activities are on 17th April and over the weekend 19th – 21st April when the medieval market is on. (Open 10am – till 11pm)