SIERRA DE YEGUAS
In Sierra de Yeguas, whose surroundings are very plain and agricultural, the most recognised monument is the 18th century Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción (Church of Immaculate Conception. This building sticks out through all the white houses with their beautifully latticed windows and doors.
The archaeological sites in Sierra de Yeguas have revealed a very interesting story to the town. One particular site is the Roman baths from La Haza de Estepa, situated on the road to the Sierra de Yeguas (the detour from the San Jose farmhouse). Roman houses were also found on agricultural sites in Peñuela and Herriza and there have also been several sites found from the Neolithic period.
The town is located on the borders of the Seville and Malaga provinces. This helps us understand the reason why in the past, when the Albina streambed divided the population in two, these areas either side were known as Sevilla and Triana. The rivalry between the neighbours was particularly notable when celebrating Corpus Christi in Seville and the Octava in Triana.
The traditional crafts from the Serranos (a name given to people born in this region) are el calzado (footwear), artistic metalwork and embroidery.
In terms of cuisine, the most typical dishes from the region are the porra campera (a soup dish with bread, ham, boiled egg, tuna and tomato), el gazpacho (cold soup made with locally produced oil, garlic, pepper and tomato), but we can also enjoy other delicacies such as espárragos (asparagus served in a cassarole or in a tortilla), perdiz (quail), conejo (rabbit), migas (breadcrumbs), queso de cabra (goats cheese), setas (mushrooms), aceitunas (olives), and chacinas (cured meats). With regard to deserts, the top choice products are the suspiros (made from egg whites, sugar and lemon zest. Usually eaten in Semana Santa), the magdalenas (Also eaten in Semana Santa. A muffin made from egg, flour, sugar and oil), and the brazo gitano (a roll made from egg, sugar, flour, lemon zest, milk and powdered chocolate). It must also be noted that half the olive oil produced in this town is done in an eco-friendly manner.
Each year, the town celebrates the San Bartolome fiestas (the town patron) that take place between 24 - 26 August. Other important dates are the Romería de San Isidro on 15 May and the Fiesta del Espárrago (asparagus fiesta), which has a market of agricultural produce and is celebrated in April. Semana Santa and the Fiesta del Corpus Christi are also greatly celebrated.
Sierra de Yeguas is located around 91km from Malaga City. To get there from the capital, take the A-92 until exit 123, where you join onto the A-365, which takes you to the town.