Standing some 500 metres from the village centre, this conical, almost cylindrical tower is popularly known as El Castillo and appears in the register of Items of Cultural Interest in Spain’s...
It is reached via the Carril de la Sierra, some five kilometres from the village centre. It was built in the 18th century and renovated in 1929. Of rectangular ground plan, it is covered with a...
WALK DESCRIPTION The name of the street, calle Istan, indicates the starting point of our route in Monda, coinciding with the old pathway to the village of Istan. The first part of the way...
The villages in the Sierra de las Nieves have been chosen by men as the best places for living. These were strategic places, which used to be easy to protect and had access to streams, rivers and...
Yunquera is a town of Roman origin with a medieval layout belonging to the district of Sierra de las Nieves. Head into the Natural Park of Sierra de la Nieves, discover the "Catedral de la Serranía" (Cathedral of the Highlands) or take part in the "Pinsapo Trail", one of the most important mountain runs in Andalusia, these are just some of the reasons to visit this town at any time of the year. The name of Yunquera dates back to Roman times and means "meadow of reeds (juncos)". The Roman, Visigoth and Arab heritages have combined in the buildings, farming traditions and cuisine to give this corner of the Costa del Sol a unique atmosphere.
YUNQUERA IS NOT TO BE MISSED
The so-called "Catedral de la Serranía", built in 1505, can be found in Yunquera. The church dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación is the largest temple in the Sierra de las Nieves. It has three naves and the cupola of the transept is decorated with relief work. On arriving in Yunquera you will also recognise the blue enamel tiles covering the bell tower. Inside the church are the figures of Nazareno from the 18th century, San Sebastián, the Virgen del Rosario or the Virgen de la Salud and Esperanza, among others.
The Torre Vigía, better known as the "Castle", was built between 1808 and 1812. It served as a watch tower for the Spanish troops during the War of Independence and was declared a Place of Cultural Interest of the Spanish Historical Heritage.
A circular cylindrical-shaped watch tower remains from the Arab period and is known as the Torrecilla Árabe, together with the ruins of the Castle, which is where the Parish Church is to be found.
Water and snow are some of the natural riches that have accompanied Yunquera over the centuries. Try the crystal clear water from El Poyo Fountain and discover the Pozos de Nieve de Yunquera (Ice Houses), if you visit in winter. These wells are in los Ventisqueros Mountain Pass at an altitude of 1600 metres and were used to store and supply ice to the whole of Malaga province.
Art lovers will particularly enjoy the Casa-Museo Paco Sola. The museum is home to a collection of some 20 oil on canvas and wood paintings. This space also includes the tourist information office where you can find out more about the routes, monuments and history of the city.
A good example of local architecture can be found in the hermitage of the Cruz del Pobre. Located next to Yunquera cemetery, it dates back to the 19th century, and houses the figure of Cristo de la Cruz del Pobre. This figure features strongly in the Good Friday procession, when men and women separate for the evening, the men following the outbound journey of the saint while the women follow the homeward journey.
The tiny hermitage of Nuestra Señora de Porticate is always filled with light and decorated with flowers. It was built in the 18th century and remodelled in 1929. One of its curious architectural features is the cupola, which is painted Rococo style.
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