Málaga Province - Jubrique

Traditional terracotta rooftops in Jubrique. © Michelle Chaplow
Traditional terracotta rooftops in Jubrique.

Jubrique

The village is easily approached by road, which skirts lower part of the village.  Whenr approaching from Estepona park up by the Morisco looking monument of the Hermitage of the Castanuelo, just above the town.  Looking down the immediate valley, the old Lavardero can be seen, which until the coming of electricity, was the main washing area.  A pleasant short track leads down to this.

Hotels

La Posada de Mirador de Jubrique, plus a number of apartments to rent and casas rurales. More >

Jubrique History

Genalguacil is the only village named after the River Genal, that played an important role in agricultural development. More >

Camping Genal

Camping Genal is located right beside the Genal river in a woodland location. Swimming is popular in the river in the summer. More >

Things to see in the Village

Parish Church of San Fransico de Asis
As in most villages aim for the church, as this is the focal point of the village. Most guidebooks will explain that this is a typical village founded by the Berbers in 711.  However everything we see today was not founded until after 1570 and Jubrique took at least 100 years to get established after its bloody past.  The Parish Church of San Fransico de Asis dates from the end of the 16th century.  It is not the old church depicted in the street murals, where the Moriscos were herded together.  The present church has a rectangular single nave with a small octagon shaped tower above the entrance.  Inside are various statues all dating from the end of the 18th century.  Major extensions took place in 1826 to meet the expanding population.  Further restoration work was not made until 1970, after the damaged caused by the Civil War.

Fuente Armona
Heading up the steep streets, there are various fountains and hermitages.  Towards the top of the pueblo Fuente Armona can be found. This used to supply the whole town’s water needs, having been sourced from a spring.  Nearby is the Hermita de la Llanada and another associated fountain.

The top end of the village can be reached by car on a circular route that goes by the Cruz del Chorrillo.  Drive doen out of the village and just under two kilometres a  road leads up to the right.  Having climbed up a steep hill a BBQ area and shrine can be seen.  Though in reality it is a small octagon chapel, it is the place that comes alive once a year on the Dia de la Cruz.  This is when Jubrique celebrates its saint’s day of Santa Cruz on the 3 May, when a romeria (pilgrimage) heads out to this hermitage cross which contains a Moorish influence in its structure.

Things to see outside the village

River Genal and Venta San Juan

Where the road crosses the Genal River you can find a popular roadside restaurant called Venta de San Juan. More >

Sierra Bermeja

Only a few places in the world where a 1449m summit is so close to the sea. More >

Deserted Villages of Jubrique

Jubrique la Vieja,Monarada, Rotillas, Benameda re the names of deserted Moorish villages near Jubrique. More >

Deserted Villages of Genalguacil

Benestepar, Almarchal, Benihexin are the names of deserted Moorish villages near Genalguacil. More >

Charco Azul

Charco Azul is a natural pool and waterfall in an isolated location on one of the small tributaries to the Rio Genal. More >

History of Jubrique

Man has been interested in the mountainside since he learned to smelt iron.  The reddish mountain side of Sierra Bermeja is full of ores and the Romans had a road that ran from Casares to Cueva del Baque, which can be found on the Jubrique / Genalguacil district junction, very near the top of the mountain.  The Romans were mainly after the iron, but other ores were extracted such as lead.  This will explain why after the Moorish invasion of 711 AD, this small area of 40 square kilometres of rugged mountainsides supported four communities.  More >   

 

Directions

To reach Jubrique, either go via Algatocin on the Ronda – Gaucin road and turn right down to the Genal valley, or take the mountain road from Estepona over the Puerto de Penas Blancas.  From Algatocin, the road crosses over the Rio Genal, which is one of the few spots on this secretive river’s course that can easily be visited by car.  For much of the river’s life, it is covered over by a tunnel of trees, taking advantage of the well-watered valley.

For the more adventurous, another approach to the village can be by a dirt track from Pujerra, which sets out over the mountains and the steeply wooded slopes.  This connects with the Estepona road a few kilometres south east of the village.  Jubrique is not as isolated as the neighbouring villages of Genalguacil or Benarraba, as some through traffic does pass by the village on its way to the coast.  Even so, the village clings to the Sierra Bermeja mountain range at 558 metres above sea level, heavily reliant upon forestry and market gardening.

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