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Júzcar is visited by more than 250 people a day from countries around the world.
This town in the Serrania de Ronda is located in the natural setting of Valle del Genal (Genal Valley). A Landscaped enclave that makes Júzcar, a tourist destination for weekend for fans of sports such as trekking or canyoning.
IN JÚZCAR YOU CANNOT MISS
Throughout its history, the church of Santa Catalina has undergone several modifications and reforms. Built in the XVI century, the temple architecture composes a rectangular flat roof which hides the remains of Moorish armour.
Another mandatory stop in Juzcar is the Old Tin Factory, of the year 1731, the first of Spain.
In the Mycological Museum you can learn more about the variety of mushrooms in the region. This is also a cultural centre that organizes seminars, conferences and workshops in these fungi.
Júzcar is also part of the Route of Fray Leopoldo, the most revered saint in Andalusia. It is a tourist path of rural character comprising the towns of Alpandeire, Pujerra,Igualeja, Cartajima and Faraján. On this route, that remembers the most revered saint in Andalusia, you'll find landscapes of almond trees, daffodils and white jara.
Júzcar is located 155 kilómetros from Málaga in the Serranía de Ronda. If travelling by car, take the A-7 to San Pedro to continue on the A-397, a road that leads to Ronda. Take the MA-525 and then the MA-518 until you reach the village.
Júzcar is an exceptional destination to enjoy nature as it is in the environment of the Alto Genal. If you like adventure sports, we recommend you a mountain canyoning in the Sima del Diablo. It is a canyoning through which the river Zúa descends over 50 meters high.
A little quieter are the trekking routes through places such as Torcal de los Riscos or Juzcar or Castańar de Júzcar. From the viewpoint of Jardón, it opens the horizon overlooking the Sierra de las Nieves, Cartajima, Igualeja and the Natural Park of Royals of Sierra Bermeja.
Mercapitufo is the space used by Júzcar for promoting their films. In this centre you will find crafts and products related to the stars of the film 'Los Pitufos' (The Smurfs).
The municipality of Júzcar held in August is one of its main festivities in honor of its patron saint, the Virgin of Moclón. This fair brings together a large number of tourists and neighbours, doubling its population during the eight days of the festival.
Other notable events are the Carnivals, the Tostón of All Saints in November and the Mycological Days of Genal Valley in Júzcar, also in the month of November. If you visit this town on March 19, St. Joseph's Day, you can enjoy the procession of the image of San Jose by the entire town and a festival of playful character.
However, the most unique tradition is that of 'El Huerto del Nińo', held at the end of Holy Week, Easter Sunday. The locals of this town build a pine hut to host the meeting between the Child Jesus and the Virgin.
As we approach the kitchens of Juzcar, we discover that their dishes include local products such as mushrooms, garlic sprouts, wild herbs or garlic joints. With these ingredients, we recommend the scrambled eggs with mushrooms, asparagus or thistles (a wild plant that thrives in Andalusia). For cold weather, migas (bread sliced roasted and accompanied by cold cuts and vegetables), the 'sopeao' collejas (dish cooked with this fine herb) or rabbit in garlic sauce are good choices. Borrachuelos (irresistible dumplings), products of chestnuts, wine donuts and honey guitarrones and musts/wines of the region are highly recommended for the sweetest palates.
Most probably, the village of Júzcar existed before the arrival of the Moors, but there are no records to prove this. The region was under Muslim control until the Reconquista in 1485. After that, the Muslims converted to Christianity and were forced to live according to very strict rules. This led to a series of riots that began in 1570. The rebels were crushed and all Moors expelled in 1609.
In those years there lived El Tajarillo, a forerunner of nineteenth-century Andalusian bandits. He refused to leave the Iberian Peninsula and took refuge in the sierras, committing acts of banditry. Only legends about him have come down to us, and a place known as "Paso de Tajarillo", close to the bungalow where El Tajarillo is said to have died by accident.
In the eighteenth century, Júzcar house the first tinplate factory in Spain. Established in 1731, the plant had a curious name: "The Never-Seen-Before-in-Spain Royal Tinplate Factory and Member Companies, Established during the Reign of the Unvanquished Catholic King Philip V and Queen Consort Elisabeth Farnese". The factory was closed down during Peninsular War.
Local products from the area such as mushrooms, garlic (ajetes), wild herbs or leeks stand out. With these ingredients, we recommend scrambled eggs with mushrooms, asparagus or Spanish oyster thistle. Winter options include Migas, maiden's tears "sopeao" or garlic rabbit. For those with a sweet tooth, you can't miss the borrachuelos, chestnut products, wine doughnuts and the guitarrones with honey, along with the town's must win
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