The municipality of Yunquera is situated to the west of the comarca (region) del Valle del Guadalhorce, bordering that of Ronda and is within the Sierra de las Nieves. The village is 680 metres above sea level, is 36 kilometres from Ronda and 63 from the city of Málaga. The area receives an average rainfall of 910 l/m2 and the average annual temperature is 16.4 º C
More than a thousand acres of fir, the jewel of the Sierra de las Nieves, face towards Yunquera, land of reeds or rushes, which is where it got its name. The “yunqueranos” pamper these regal trees as monarchs or benefactors. Because Yunquera sits facing the mountain, from which comes a sense of peace and harmony and sometimes morels, a type of mushroom which grow in the shadow of the firs.
Yunquera was a Roman villa called Juncaira, meaning a meadow of reeds. Its name is due to the abundance of water and from its rich land full of reeds and watery areas and this was without doubt one of the main reasons why the Romans settled and built houses to work and rest.
Later came the arrival of the Arabs, who decided to settle in the village due to its unique geographical location, not forgetting the presence of the Romans who had been in this area. Given these circumstances, the Arabs were forced to build a fortress, located in the current position of the parish church, but remains found of this ethnic group show that the tower was in fact a beacon tower commonly known as the ´torre vigia´, whose mission was to establish visual communication within the entire area. Also still existing is the Mozarabic chapel, surrounded by vineyards and situated on a hill half a kilometre from the village, next to the watchtower and the road that runs from Yunquera to El Burgo .
In addition to the settlements that might exist in the areas of Rio Grande and Porticate, it is thought that there was a village called Toranjibal, situated along the creek that runs through the venta of Yunquera.
Yunquera was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs in the mid-sixteenth century; on May 22nd, 1485, 150 residents of the village, consisting of Moors, consented to being vassals of the king, so that he respected their religion, property, life and customs, but in return they had to surrender the fortress to a Christian governor they appointed. The Kings settled in Ronda and took the decision that the town of Yunquera was to be governed by Diego de Barrasa.
Following all these facts and over the passage of the years Yunquera became a Christian village.
Platos típicos Typical dishes
* Potaje de vigilia
* Rabbit with garlic
* Cod and orange salad
* Roasted pepper salad
* Tortillas de Bacalao (cod omelette)
Pastry: French toast, raisins in brandy and rice pudding with cinnamon.
The most advisable route to reach Yunquera is from Malaga, where you must take the A-357 towards Campillos. After about 14 kilometers you will arrive at Cártama, and immediately after you must take the A-355 to Coin. From here you continue on the A-366 (the same road as before, but with a different number) to Alozaina, and hence, by the same route to Yunquera.
If you should start from Ronda, also, take the A-366 (direction Malaga). About 25 kilometers away is El Burgo, and after about 9 kilometers is Yunquera.
Distances from Yunquera
Malaga 63 km
Torremolinos 70 km
Monda 33 km
Casarabonela 20 km
El Burgo 9.5 km
Ronda 40 km
Ardales 29 km
Cuevas de Becerro 53 km