Yunquera - Nearby

Porticali

Two routes can be used to reach this deserted medieval village. The old road to Tolox can be seen leading down beneath the cliff to the left of the present day cemetery. This route gives any explorer the best view of the town, sat upon a high cliff. Cliffs have been carved out by nature and man and are even used today for keeping goats and sheep. Head down to the valley bottom and then take the semi-paved road to the right. Alternatively just north of the tower and town, turn right to enter into the nature park. This soon comes to a dead end and the route of 4km to the deserted site continues on foot.

Parque Natural Sierra de las Nieves

Heading towards Ronda, the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park is very evident on the right. The best access is via the track just passed the Torre Vigia (see Porticali). The track soon gives way to a path, but the routes are well marked out with visitor maps and colour-coded marker posts. The route takes you up into an area that has one of the largest concentrations of endangered Spanish fir trees anywhere. The rare pinsapo, left isolated after the last Ice Age, can last without water for some time. This area makes an ideal habitat during the hot, dry summers and the cold, wet winters.

Modern Yunquera

After thousands of years Yunquera still specialises in cattle farming, forestry, olives and fruits, and it is renowned for its fruit products (including mosto, a non-alcoholic wine-like drink) and also its confectionery, much of it almond-based. These are most in abundance during the town's two ferias, 16 August and 8 October, both celebrating the local saint, La Señora del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary).

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