Fiesta del Jamón y el Queso (Ham and cheese festival). Campillos. November. Unique Festival
This festival has been declared to be of Tourist Interest by the Provincial Council of Málaga.
Please check with the local Town Hall or Municipal Tourism Office for the festival date before planning any sightseeing activities.
Campillos is located in the western part of the Antequera region, nestled among crop fields and olive groves. Its main environmental and landscape interest lies in the lagoons group made up by La Dulce, Salada, Redonda, Capacete, Marcela, Cerero and Camuñas. All of them have been declared a nature reserve by the Junta de Andalusia, and their surroundings are home to flamingos and storks, among many other species.
The town becomes a must-see for anyone who wants to acquire high-quality cold meats at the Ham Festival.
The central and iconic José María Hinojosa Park becomes a market for traditional products from Campillos and other villages in the area. Some of the most exciting exhibitors are those selling Serrano ham and other cured meats like chorizo, salchichón, morcón or morcilla. In fact, they play a pivotal role in this gastronomic fair given the high value attributed to the cold meat industry both in this village and in other surrounding areas. This increasing importance is reflected in the elaboration of cold meats and other pork products in these recent years.
Also, the event includes stands offering other traditional products from the Guadalteba and Antequera regions—goat cheese, homemade pastries and olive oil from the hojiblanca variety. A total of around fifty different stands are installed for visitors to taste and purchase traditional local products. The fair is a typical folk festivity and, as such, it lasts until late in the afternoon while featuring music and dancing performances by “pandas de verdiales”.
The fair aims to promote not only the local cuisine but also the natural setting and its people.
However, other attractions make Campillos worth visiting. Its town centre is an excellent mirror image of the village's urban features. With wide streets and hardly any slope, ancestral and stately homes dating from the 19th and 20th centuries still stand today.