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  • Sierra de Yeguas is a municipality in the Guadalteba region on the border between the provinces of Málaga and Seville. Various findings have shown us that the history of the area goes as far back as the Neolithic era. These days, the town"s wooden and iron handcrafting traditions stand out.

    In addition, Sierra de Yeguas has a wealth of attractive nature spots and leisure areas for visitors to enjoy such as the Sierra de los Caballos, or the Llanos de Navahermosa, among others.

    MUST SEE SIGHTS IN SIERRA DE YEGUAS

    MONUMENTS

    The town of Sierra de Yeguas has been the subject of important archaeological discoveries such as the Roman villages and farmhouses of Peñuela and Herriza, the Haza de Estepa thermal baths, and a diverse range of Neolithic remains.

    Right in the heart of Sierra de Yeguas is the iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción (church of the Immaculate Conception) with a choir and atrium dating back to the 18th century, it is probably the most interesting building in the town.

  • There are two ways to get to Sierra de Yeguas from Málaga. The first route, of 94 kilometres, goes on the A-45 and the A-92, then ending with 11 kilometres on the A-365. The second route, of only 84 kilometres on the A-357 and A-365. Both routes take around an hour and five minutes.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES

    Sierra de Yeguas has ample open spaces to explore. Bordering on the province of Seville is the Sierra de los Caballos, an area of land with holm oaks and shrubs.

    The Llanos de Navahermosa is another landscape of particular interest. Olive and almond trees, vineyards and other farmlands form part of the picturesque scenery that has been included in the Málaga Landscape Environment Protection Plan.

    Both the Sierra de los Caballos and Llanos de Navahermosa offer many options for lovers of hiking and cycling.

    El Acebuchal is the ideal place to spend a day in the countryside; it has barbeques as well as other services. In addition, the area also has some interesting salt lakes where the mineral is extracted using traditional methods.

    POPULAR EVENTS

    On the 2nd February, the Candelarias festival unites neighbours from the town"s districts around bonfires, upon which a variety of pork products are cooked.

    Halfway through the same month is the Sierra de Yeguas Carnival which is quite the party. It features acting troupes and "chirigotas" (humoristic shows).

    In Holy Week up to six religious brotherhoods walk through the streets of the town in a procession. The collective singing of ""Pregón de Jesús Nazareno"" on Good Friday is a highlight. On Easter Sunday there is a possession of children carrying smaller thrones.

    Food festivals are also important in Sierra de Yeguas: in April there is the Asparagus Festival. The celebration of such an important product in the area draws thousands of people. In addition, the town gained notoriety for breaking the Guinness world record for the most ham carvers in 2015 with 202 participants.

    Other festivals include the romería de San Isidro (a pilgramage) in May, the Corpus Christi in June and the Feria de San Bartolomé (Patron Saint of the town) in August.

    FOOD

    Asparagus omelette is one of the region's most typical dishes. But of course, as with other towns in the area, the "porra campera" (a cold, creamy tomato soup with a mix of ingredients) cannot be missed of this list.

    Cod dishes are also a very popular feature of the town's diet; the fish is most commonly served in a stew or fried.

    Lastly, from the pastry shop we would like to point out the cupcakes, "sopaipas" (thin fried breads), "suspiros" (meringues) and "piononos" (pastries topped with toasted cream).

     

  • Town history

    The earliest settlements in Sierra de Yeguas date back to the Neolithic. Polished stone items from this age were found across the municipality. Better-quality evidence has come down to us from Roman times, with archaeological sites containing pottery, columns and coins. The Cortijos of Peñuela and La Herriza revealed the ruins of two Roman villas, and vestiges of Roman baths were unearthed in Haza de Estepa.

    The next attested period in the history of Sierra de Yeguas is the sixteenth century. According to some historians, during the conquest of Antequera by the Christian troops, Infant Ferdinand spent the night on the banks of the river Yeguas. However, no records of this fact have been found.

    In 1549, the village belonged to the jurisdiction of Estepa. Due to its association with this marquisate, it was part of its vere nullius vicarage, which meant it reported directly to Rome. With regard to civil authority, the village was part of the province of Seville until the nineteenth century. The parish was only annexed to the diocese of Málaga well into the twentieth century, becoming attached to Málaga Province in 1960.

  • Like in other area towns, Sierra de Yeguas's cuisine stands out for its native products. One of its most special dishes is the asparagus omelette. You can't miss the porra campera and the gazpacho. Another typical product is cod, either fried or in a stew.As for dessert, the standout pastries include the suspiros common during Easter Week, muffins, sopaipas and piononos.


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  • Inhabitants (2,501-5,000)
  • Inland area

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