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In the Serrania de Ronda, Faraján extends amidst chestnut, streams and streets of Arab heritage. The steep slopes, whitewashed houses and exceptional natural enclave on which this town rests makes Faraján a unique destination for history Genal Valley and the route of the venerado monje capuchino Fray Leopoldo (revered Capuchin monk Fray Leopoldo).
Its peace and charm in nature is preserved from the Andalusian era, and its original name is Arabic and means "joyful and delightful".
IN FARAJÁN YOU CANNOT MISS
The lovers of history will find in Faraján, the remains and monuments that come with the town over the centuries. The oldest archaeological remains dating from prehistoric times, such as the Dolmen del Romeral. From Al-Andalus, the remains of the old farmhouses of Balastar, Chicar and Majada del Juez are preserved.
As it could not be otherwise, the parish church is the most attractive monument. The church of Our Lady of the Rosary dates from 1505, although it has been profoundly remodelled through the centuries and rebuilt in the mid-XX century. In this last reform, the tower of Mudejar style was intervened, which has been, since then named as Federiquito Sierra in honour of the son of the couple who coasted reform. And a curiosity accompanies this church, the wife of this couple of patrons was a cousin of Pablo Ruiz Picasso.
Faraj is part of the Ruta de Fray Leopoldo, near Cartajima, Pujerra,Igualeja, Júzcar and Alpandeire. This Capuchin monk, beatified in 2010, is one of the most revered in Andalusia.
Faraján is to the south of the Serranía de Málaga about 120 kilometres from the city of Málaga. By car, you can take the A-357 motorway to the vicinity of the Conde del Guadalhorce y del Guadalteba reservoir. Then take the A-367 towards Ronda and continue on the A-369. Once you take the exit towards the MA-156, go left towards the MA-7302 until you reach Faraján.
Faraján offers multiple options to enjoy nature and the beautiful landscapes of the valley of Genal. One of the most interesting natural spectacles of Faraján is Chorrera de Balastar. This stream has two spectacular waterfalls of over 50 meters. On your visit you will also find the remains of an Arab mill and traditional irrigation systems with irrigation channels excavated in the rocks.
If you are interested in trekking, you find Faraján, an enviable appearance for active tourism. Oaks, cork oaks and pines are some of the native trees that are mixed with cultivated gardens for millennia and will accompany us on our routes. Faraján also has two trails certified by the Andalusian Federation of Mountain.
August is undoubtedly the most important month for farajeńos (locals). With the celebration of your Saint San Sebastian and also the August Fair. If you visit Farajan on these dates, you will find outdoor activities in the Plaza de Andalucia. The Espuma festival, parades and concerts are some of the events scheduled each year to celebrate it.
Other times during the year in which Faraján gather to enjoy are Feast of the Immaculate, held continuously since the early 1800s, the Carnival or Easter; in which the procession of Good Friday of Our Father Jesus of Medinaceli and Our Lady of Sorrows is highlighted. One of the traditions of the Faraján Passion Week happens on the street Amargura, when a neighbor wipes the face of Christ and recite a poem.
The fertile lands surrounding Faraján ensure that the products from their gardens are of excellent quality. In your visit to Faraján, we recommend you to try the artichoke soup, gazpacho (an ideal preparation for the summers with tomato, pepper, garlic and olive oil) rabbit with garlic and migas (pieces of toasted bread accompanied with meat and vegetables). The dishes perfectly combine the typical products and ingredients of each season.
And for the sweetest palates, we recommend inherited pastels of the Andalusian past. These candies are made with flour, sugar and olive oil and spices such as aniseed, cinnamon or sesame seeds.
Faraján emerged as a village in the days of Islamic Andalusia. In those days, there were several hamlets (Balastar, Chicar, Castillejo, Cenajen) housing tribes from the Maghreb. Jews and Christians also lived in the area, mainly as prisoners of the Moors. The Arabs called the settlement ‘Farhan’, meaning ‘happy, lively, quiet place’.
When the Christian army seized Ronda, the inhabitants moved to the population centre that became royal property. They remained there until the Moorish riots of the sixteenth century, which resulted in the expulsion of the Moors. People from different regions were called upon to come and live in the area.
During the war against the Moors, Faraján’s Church of Virgen del Rosario de Faraján was pillage by the captain of the royal army, Álvaro de Luna. He took down the altarpieces and brought them to his hometown, Huétor-Tájar in Granada, on horseback. In addition, the church, along with the rest of the village, was shaken by several earthquakes from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.
In 1814, Faraján was granted its village charter by King Ferdinand VII, ‘as a reward for its loyal perseverance and the sacrifices made during the Spanish War of Independence fought against the French.’ What is more, the King granted the right to include the coat of arms of the Spanish Crown alongside the blazon of the ‘very noble and truly loyal village of Farajén’.
Faraján’s cuisine offers a delicious artichoke soup, gazpacho, garlic rabbit and the famous migas. The dishes perfectly combine typical local products and seasonal ingredients. For dessert, cakes that date back to the town’s Al-Andalus roots stand out. Their main ingredients include flour, sugar, olive oil and spices such as aniseed, cinnamon or sesame.
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