Festival of Wine and Chestnut in Yunquera
Last weekend on October 29 and 30 Yunquera celebrated its annual festival of wine and chestnuts. We decided to visit it and share this experience with you.
Yunquera is a lovely village with white houses, very narrow streets, adorned with flowers, located in the province of Málaga. It will take you about an hour to drive up there. A picturesque mountain road will lead you there, during which you will be able to enjoy spectacular views!
On your way to Yunquera you will see various “miradores” – viewpoints, where you can stop to take pictures and enjoy the views. Also, you will be passing by such villages as Ojen, Monda, Guaro and Alozaina. If you will have enough time, you can stop by there too, these nice villages are worth visiting.
Gastronomy was the star of the weekend in Yunquera. The festival had an extensive program that included parades, craft markets, musical performances and tastings.
On both days there were guided tours through the surroundings of the municipality visiting chestnut forest and vineyards, departing from the Plaza de la Constitución, to learn about the cultivation of chestnuts and grapes.
There were tastings of the grapes grown in the cold lands of the Sierra de las Nieves, “aliñás” olives, “malcocinao” (a typical Yunquera dish made from chick peas, bacon, tripe, chorizo and black pudding) and toasted chestnuts.
During all the festivities, there was a commercial and craft area where visitors could buy everything from the most typical products from the mountains, such as cheese, honey, bread or oil, to the traditional pottery of the region.
We really enjoyed this event! It was a great opportunity to learn more about the culture of the region by tasting traditional food, viewing musical and dance performances, enjoying the environment of the mountains of Sierra Cabrilla y la Sierra de las Nieves, between which Yunquera is located.
We highly recommend you to visit Yunquera even on a regular day, not during the festival. It is a great day trip from Marbella!