Yunquera, once a small Roman settlement called Juncaria (meadow of Reeds), was part of the kingdom of one Omar Ben Hafsun during Moorish times. Omar Ben Hafsun, variously regarded as rebel or bandit, ruled a large part of Andalucía during his dispute with the Caliphate of Córdoba and Yunquera was only recaptured in 928 after the defeat of Omar's sons. In 1485 it was captured by Diego de Barrassa on behalf of the Catholic Monarchs during the reconquest of Spain.

Statistics

Area: 55 square kilometres Altitude: 681 mtrs above sea level Population: +/- 3,500 Distance from Nerja: 118 km Driving Time: +/- 2 hrs 30 mins Location

Places of Interest

Torre-Ermita mozárabe The 18th century Iglesia Parroquial de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Ermita de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Torres Vigía (watchtowers)

Local Cuisine

Local specialities include: Embutidos artesanales (home-made cured meats), Caldereta de Cabrito (kid stew). Sartená de Papas Fritas con Pimientos Verdes (chips with green peppers), Olla de Berza (cabbage stew) and Cagarría (mushrooms)

Local Festivals

Romería de la Virgen de Porticate (August 13th - 15th) - Traditional pilgrimage. Fiestas de la Virgen del Rosario (October 6th - 9th) - Celebration in honour of the Patron Saint of the village. Fiesta del Corpus - Corpus Christi

Useful Info

Tourist Office Tel: 952482501

Where to Stay

Camping Pinsapo Azul Parque Sierra de las Nieves, Camino Forestal Open from 1st April to 30th October. Services: bungalows, bar and restaurant, supermarket, laundry, hot showers, power supply. Telephone: 952482754 Asencio** Mesones, 1 Telephone: 952482716 Fax: 952482716 E-mail: jgarciam@offcampus.net