Surface Area: 46.6 square kilometres
What the natives are called: Montejaqueños
Outstanding Sights: Parish Church of Santiago el Mayor, Hundidero-El Gato, Llanos de Líbar
Geographical Location: in the western part of the Ronda highlands, the region to which it belongs. It is 140 kilometres from the city of Málaga, 21 from Ronda and only 2 from Benaoján. The village is almost 700 metres above sea level. The area records an average rainfall of more than 1,600 litres per square metre and the annual average temperature is 16º C.
The municipality of Montejaque stretches between the valley of the River Guadiaro and the Líbar mountain range, and part of its territory is within the Grazalema Natural Park. Because of its location on the border between these two areas, the municipality is blessed with an extremely interesting wealth of scenery, which is enhanced by a rugged terrain notable for the peaks of Peñón de Mures (865 metros), Cerro Tavizna (899 metros) and El Hacho (1,065 metros).
It is surprising to learn that only two kilometres from the village, which sits amid the rock formations of the Montalate and Juan Diego mountain ranges, the country unexpectedly opens up and broad plains with grazing cattle appear. This is a zone that contrasts radically with all others in the municipality, which is otherwise characterised by extremely uneven terrain.
The village is sheltered by imposing rock formations and is composed of two well-differentiated areas: the lower part, with straight streets, and the upper, which is of Arabic origin and thus has steep and winding streets. The name if the place is also Arabic and is usually translated as "Lost Mountain". There is no record of settlements before the arrival of the Arabs, who apparently built a castle that dominated part of the Highlands. Beginning with the Christian conquest and the surrender of Montejaque and Benaoján to the Count of Benavente, both villages ceased to be considered sub-districts of Ronda.
During the Moorish uprising circumstances in Montejaque were quite unusual in that its mayor, the Morisco Mamad Idriz, was the victim of more than one attack for openly collaborating with the Christians. This course of action did not turn out badly for him since, with the Moorish population driven out, he was compensated with lands and even a lifetime pension.
Chronicles state that in the early nineteenth century, during the War of Independence, a famous guerrilla named José de Aguilar confronted the Napoleonic troops on 20 October 1810 at the River Gaduares bridge. José Aguilar commanded a troop of some 250 men from several more or less nearby villages (Benaoján, Atajate, Montejaque, Cortes and Jimera de Líbar) that defeated 600 French soldiers and 90 cavalrymen.
Leave Ronda via the A-376, and after travelling 4.5 kilometres take the MA-555 to Benaoján, and from there take the MA-506 to Montejaque. Another option is to leave Ronda by the A-376 and continue on that road about 12 kilometres before taking the MA-505 turning, which leads straight to Montejaque without passing through Benaoján.
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