Cuevas del BecerroAyuntamiento, C/ Real, 41, Cuevas del Becerro, 29470
CUEVAS DEL BECERRO (CAVES OF BECERRO)
Cuevas del Becerro (Caves of Becerro) is a municipality belonging to the district of Guadalteba, Malaga, and is located in northern part of the magical locality of Ronda. Cuevas del Becerro is a village of Moorish origin (Christians who lived in Al-Andalus) and is located in a predominantly natural environment, surrounded by the Sierra de Vijan and the cerro de los Tercios. Among them is the rio de las Cuevas (river of the Caves).
Cuevas del becerro is a beautiful Andalusian village of white houses. The tourist offer of this town is quite rich, with monuments like the Church of San Antonio de Abad and places of interest such as Fuente del Nacimiento.
IN CUEVAS DEL BECERRO YOU CANNOT MISS
La Cueva del Moro is a cave that is included in the map of El Torcal de Antequera, declared as World Heritage by UNESCO. The lovers of nature, sports and caving shall have a pleasant time visiting this cave.
La Casa de las Viñas, archaeological site that gives the hints of a possible settlement of the Roman Empire in this town. There are plasters, ceramics, coins ... traces of a potter complex of two Roman ovens and part of another in which pottery was produced are still maintained.
Fuente del Nacimiento, form pipes, canals and reservoirs and was known as Las Fuentes of Huéxbar. The history of this source comes from the times of Alfonso XI "El Justiciero (The Righteous)" in the Middle Ages, who rested in this place before attacking Ronda in 1330.
The Church of San Antonio de Abad It was built in the early twentieth century with a simple architecture. It has a nave and in its exterior, there is a belfry (bell tower with a single wall). Inside the temple, you can see eight images and among them is featured that of San Antonio, with two calves at feet.
The Resbalaeros and Eras are natural enclaves of this town. The Resbalaeros were used as water slides for the village children as there are three very steep and expended slits located near the Fuente del Nacimiento. Las Eras is a small plain where Wheat Kernels were air-popped.
Cuevas del Becerro is about 84 kilometres from the city of Malaga. To get there by car, you have to take the A-357 and, later, the A-367 until you reach Calle de Andalucía in Cuevas del Becerro. The journey takes about an hour and 15 minutes.
The landscape of Cuevas del Becerro is dominated by the Sierra de Vijan and the Cerro of tercios, which form a natural corridor through which rio de las Cuevas (the river of Caves) pass. Its volume collects water from several streams before flowing into the river Guadalteba. The environment of this municipality offers a unique contrast between rocky landscapes and the flatlands of the valley, covered with olive trees and cereal fields.
One of the most striking natural enclaves in Cuevas del Becerro is the cave of Moro, frequent destination of enthusiasts of speleology.
The calendar of festivals in Cuevas del Becerro begins on January 17 with Festival San Antonio of Abad, saint of animals. On this special day, a blessing to pets of the inhabitants of the town is done and then the procession of the saint takes place.
The Festival of Candelarias is celebrated on February 2. On this special night, the remains of the cutting of olive trees of the town are burned, the flames reach high altitude and the tradition is that young villagers jump on them.
The festival of "Partir la vieja" coincides with the end of Lent and its strict rules. On this day, singing, dancing takes place and typical desserts of Cuevas del Becerro are tasted.
Other festivals are the pilgrimage of San Isidro, in May and the Feria de San Antonio Abad, on the initial days of September.
The products that are part of the recipes in this town are honey, oil, and those coming from pig slaughtering. The lagarto ibérico (Iberian lizard. It is actually delicious pork) and dishes such as stews of asparagus, "simmered" soup, pot of "targaninas" (delicious wild plant) or "cueveño salmorejo" (which has nothing to do with the traditional and which is made from a dressing of potatoes, eggs and oranges) which put the finishing touches to the cuisine of Cuevas del Becerro.
Prehistoric findings unearthed in the area around Cuevas del Becerro attest to the presence of man since the dawn of time. Early settlers came to Cerro del Castillón, near Fuente del Zorro and to the north-eastern edge of Cerro de las Palomas. Roman evidence was found too, like the kilns of the pottery workshop and other traces in Las Casas de las Viñas (mosaics, stuccos, ceramic tiles and coins from the Roman Empire). Given its location and geography, the village was a transit area for merchants trading in the regions of Ronda and Antequera.
Little evidence of the Arab times has come down to us. Activity in the village in those days must have been similar to that in neighbouring towns where records are more abundant. The village was seized by Alfonso XI of Castile in 1330, in his second military campaign against the Moors. Teba, Ardales, Cañete, Priego and Ortejicar also fell in this operation.
About the village's name, there are two different stories. One of them says that a golden calf was found in a cave in the area. In the other, a young ox got trapped in a grotto, its bellowing drawing locals. Still others believe a stud used to live in the caves and cattle breeders took their cows there for reproductive purposes.
Cuevas del Becerro's typical dishes have traditionally-grown and cultivated products as its main ingredients, such as honey, cheese, olive oil and products from the pig slaughter.
Among the standout delicacies of this town are its hearty stews, cocido stew, migas, salmorejo and pork rinds.
As for pastries, noteworthy homemade sweets include aniseed cake, olive oil cake, torrijas (similar to French toast) and the suspiros.
- Inhabitants (1,001-2,500)
- Inland area