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.
Area: 55 square kilometres
Altitude: 681 mtrs above sea level
Population: +/- 3,500
Distance from Nerja: 118 km
Driving Time: +/- 2 hrs 30 mins
Places of Interest
The 18th century Iglesia Parroquial de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación
Ermita de Nuestra Señora del Carmen
Torres Vigía (watchtowers)
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)
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
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.