MontecortoPlaza de Andalucía, 1, Montecorto, 29430
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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.
Montecorto is approximately 120 kilometres from Málaga. The fastest route is via A-367 and A-357 to Ronda. Once there, take the A-374 to 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.
The first human settlements in Montecorto date back to prehistoric times. The fertility of the land and the abundance of water in the area meant that small farming communities settled on these lands from the Neolithic period onwards. Those primitive dwellers also took advantage of other resources offered by the environment, such as the existence of flint for the manufacture of tools and implements.
During Roman times, the territory now occupied by the municipality of Montecorto came under the influence of Acinipo. Fifteen kilometres from the village you can visit the ruins of the ancient city, known as Ronda la Vieja. Its archaeological remains include the baths, the forum and the theatre, with its basic structure carved into the rock.
From the subsequent Muslim domination, the remains of Del Moral Castle and Audita Tower are still preserved. Both buildings were destroyed by order of the Catholic Monarchs when they conquered Ronda in 1485. After the return of the Christians, Montecorto was constituted as a rural "Mudéjar" municipality directly dependent on the Crown. In 1505, however, Montecorto became dependent on Ronda as a district. This administrative situation was maintained until 2002, when the locality was constituted as an Autonomous Local Entity. In 2014 the definitive segregation of the population centre from the municipality of Ronda took place, making it the 102nd municipality in the province of Málaga.
The most popular dishes are asparagus soup and olla, consisting of chickpeas, Spanish oyster thistle, salted porked bones (hueso añejo), poultry or pork and bacon. People will eat it with the traditional local mistela liquor made with herbs grown nearby. As for desserts, you can find rice pudding, custard, and sweets such as borrachuelos, buñuelos, zancaíllos de fraile, the torta de chicharrones or the almond tostaíllo. Montecorto's main fruit is the fig.
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