MontecortoPlaza de Andalucía, 1, Montecorto, 29430
Of prehistoric origins, Montecorto is a small town in the province of Malaga located on the slope of the mountainous hill Malaver, in the Serrania de Ronda. In your visit to this town you will find traces of all the cultures that have populated Andalusia over the millennia. A necropolis and a spectacular Roman theatre, or a Moorish castle, are some of the treasures guarded by this city located next to Natural Park of Sierra de Grazalema.
IN MONTECORTO YOU CANNOT MISS
In Montecorto, you will discover the past of the region through its ancient inhabitants. from the Neolithic, we will find the necropolis known as the Dolmen del Chopo. Although one of the most spectacular remains belong to Roman times. It is related with the ruins of Acinipo, located at 15 kilometers from the center of Montecorto. Only part of the amphitheatre carved into the rock is preserved, but in the past, there was a temple and several public buildings. In the surrounding area, the remains have been found with respect to coins, inscriptions or capitals, by giving us an idea of the importance of this city in Roman times.
From the Arab period, dates the Castillo del Moral and Torre de Audita (Tower of Audita), although little remains of these buildings because they were destroyed by the Catholic Monarchs in their conquest of Ronda. To observe the Castle, we recommend you doing it from the viewpoint of the famous Moorish border, located at kilometre 20 of the highway A-2300. In addition to the Castle, from this place, you will have wonderful views of the Sierra de Ronda, with its lush landscape of pines.
Montecorto environment is full of water, and this is the reason why in 2006 the Fountain of Dolmen rose. Located in the plaza, Pablo Ruiz Picasso, this fountain is a tribute to the history of the town, a history linked to water. In this sense, it is also interesting to see the acequita Benito, a canal of rocks crossing Montecorto from the area known as ""the twelve pillars"" until a watermill located in the suburbs.
Near the Fuente del Dolmen we find the church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, patroness of Montecorto. After several landslides and reforms, it was last rebuilt in 2002.
HOW TO GET TO MONTECORTO FROM MÁLAGA
Montecorto is located at approximately 120 km from Málaga capital. If you commute in car, the fastest route is the highway A-367 and A-357 until Ronda. Once you reach there, take A-374 until Montecorto.
Montecorto covers part of the Natural Park of Sierra de Grazalema, declared as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO thanks to the high ecological value of its landscapes. This park has over 50,000 hectares of area and offers unique landscapes of valleys, canyons and caves. If you like practicing sports in nature and trekking, the surroundings of Montecorto offers you the routes to enjoy on foot, bike or horseback and viewpoints from where to observe the local fauna. Climbing, canoeing and caving are some of the sports that will make you discover the Serrania de Ronda.
To taste the wines of Montecorto, we recommend you to visit the winery Cuesta La Viña. In addition to testing its excellent organic wines, you can visit the vineyards and learn more about the wine culture of the area.
The most representative festival of Montecorto is its May pilgrimage. This celebration involves all residents of the municipality that are directed at sunrise between animated songs by the pilgrims' choir, on the shores of Lake Zahara, where a Mass is held on behalf of the Virgin of the Immaculate.
In the month of July, the celebrations of the patron saint, the Virgen del Carmen are held. You will also find in Montecorto, the activities and traditions during Holy Week, in its August Fair and Andalusian Market, which takes place in the town during the month of October. In the stands, you can buy typical products of the area, while enjoying the streets parades, concerts and popular games.
Montecorto gastronomy is closely linked to local agricultural products and livestock. Vegetables and all kinds of food from irrigated cultivation are essential in any plate of the local of this town. We also find among its ingredients, small wild game meats such as rabbit and partridge, and pork sausages.
Some of the most popular dishes of Montecorte is the asparagus soup and "olla" (pot). The latter composes a combination of chickpeas, thistles, old bone, poultry or pork and bacon. All accompanied by the typical liquor of the area, "sweet wine" prepared with different herbs in the area.
We recommend you to try the many homemade desserts such as rice pudding, custard and sweets like borrachuelos (delicious sweet dumplings), donuts, zancaíllos de fraile, greaves cake (a preparation with the sweetness of cinnamon and forcefulness of pig ) roasted almond . If you prefer something lighter, you will find that the star fruit in Montecortois the fig.
- Inhabitants (501-1,000)
- Inland area