The union of four Moorish villages gives rise to Jubrique, a town in the Serrania de Ronda with a long tradition in the production of wines and spirits. Its whitewashed houses and narrow streets conform to the surface of the area, making the walk through Jubrique, a surprise around every corner. Discover the reminiscences of the Arab past, try their traditional spirits or roaming around or riding are just some of the reasons why Jubrique can be your next destination.
IN JUBRIQUE YOU CANNOT MISS
The Fountain of River Lavar was the public laundry and single point of water supply in the town in the past. However, their role remains as important in the village that will surprise you to see some neighbours who still come to collect water from this fountain.
The foodies will discover that Jubrique was one of the most important wine producers in the XVIII century, growing to sixty liquor factories. At the Museum of Popular Arts and Liquor, you can learn the history of the town and processes of grape production and manufacture of these traditional drinks.
Jubrique churches have an important historical and artistic value. We started with the picturesque church of St. Francis of Assisi. In its sacristy, we find the images of Virgen de la Candelaria of XVIII century and that of Jesus of Nazareth with natural hair. This church was built in the XVI century on an ancient mosque and is today one of the most emblematic buildings of the town.
Our next stop will take place in the chapel of the Santa Cruz del Choricillo. This temple traditionally harboured a single altar dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, and accompanied by a revered Cruz. This chapel also stands out as the place of pilgrimage that the town celebrates in May.
The protagonist Castañuelo Hermitage is also a cross through which the residents of the municipality feel great devotion. This rural chapel was built on the estate of the same name, Finca del Castañuelo.
Jubrique is located approximately 125 kilometres from the city of Maáaga. If travelling by car, take the Mediterranean motorway (A-7) to Estepona. From here, get on the A-557 that will take you to the village.
Jubrique is surrounded by natural landscapes with lush vegetation. The vineyards of its wine industry give way to pines and chestnut trees. Around this town in the Serrania de Ronda, there are nearly a dozen routes to enjoy practicing cycling, trekking or horseback riding. A good eye and good luck can discover the wild boar, roe deer or mountain goats that inhabit the area.
In May, Jubrique hosts two major festivals: the Great Pilgrimage, developed around the hermitage of Santa Cruz del Choricillo; and Festivals of Máscaras. In this curious celebration, the town moves back in time to the Medieval era. The neighbours of Jubrique exhibit the clothing of the Middle Ages, represent old trades and show some work done throughout the year.
The festivals of Saints of Jubrique take place in the month of October, with the festival of St. Francis of Assisi. You can enjoy four days of holidays with a wide range of activities. On Sunday, taking advantage of the season, the roasting of chestnut is done, event in which exquisite tasting of roasted chestnuts is done.
We can not forget other major celebrations in Jubrique such as the Verbena of San Juan, in June; Burning of Judas during Easter Sunday, or the Holy Meeting on Good Friday, in which the Virgin of Sorrows blesses the image of Our Father Jesus Nazareno.
In August, residents offer a nice tribute to all the neighbours who had to leave the town in search of livelihood, which is the Festival of the Emigrant.
Among the cuisine of Jubrique you will find the fennel stew and hot gazpacho (tomatoes, peppers, bread ... in a casserole topped with oranges and olives usually), typical dishes of the cold months. Cod fritters and young garlic and pork and pork products, we can find throughout the year. To accompany these meals, we can drink a refreshing wine grape juice, of the grape land. Regarding pastries, Jubrique is famous for its delicious hijuelas; a sweet made with flour, egg, oil and honey.
Jubrique"s present-day boundaries are the result of the merger of four Arab villages. This is recorded in the capitulations with the Kingdom of Castile. The name "Jubrique", though, emerged later. It is believed to have a Latin or Mozarabic origin. Coins found in the area point to the presence of the Romans, but they never settled there.
The Moors living in Jubrique were fierce against the Christian invaders. They waged a battle against the Christian troops that had come to quell the rebellion, killing Captain Alonso de Aguilar and most of his men. When they were finally defeated, they were sent into exile to North Africa and Galicia. Several returned as bandits later. The gang led by Marcos el Meliche, for instance, can be considered the forerunners of the bandits that mushroomed in Serranía de Ronda in the nineteenth century.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Jubrique reached its zenith, courtesy of the mining activity in the sierras and the eau-de-vie making industry, which was still in full swing in the early decades of the twentieth century, with as many as 60 distilleries in operation.
Legend has it…: The Holy Cross
The old wood cross in the Shrine of El Castañuelo was spared the ravages of the Spanish Civil War thanks to the woman in charge of watching the shrine, who kept it at home. When the militia visited her, they saw the cross and were ready to set it on fire. But she persuaded them that it was her husband"s coat hanger instead.
Jubrique's traditional dishes include fennel stew and hot gazpacho that are common during the winter months. You'll also find cod and garlic omelettes, and the pork products from the slaughter and cold cuts. You must pair this with must made from local grapes. Then for dessert, Jubrique is famous for its delicious hijuelas, a sweet made with flour, eggs, oil and honey.
- Inhabitants (501-1,000)
- Inland area