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Montejaque

montejaque-and-olive-grovesPopulation: 1200
Altitude: 690 m above sea level
Distances: 21 km from Ronda

Named Montexaquez by the Moors which, according to some, means “lost mountain” and to others “sacred mountain”, the village is a paradise for walkers and naturalists. Embedded in the limestone between the mountains of El Hacho, El Fuerte, Mures and Tavizna, the white-washed houses seem to add to the beauty of the natural surroundings. Spanish and foreign birdwatchers come to Montejaque in search of the many exciting species of birds; the absolute star species being the Bonelli´s Eagle which has managed to nest successfully nearby for many years. The valley of Llanos de Líbar, a ten minute walk from the village, is a very special place with unforgettable landscapes and a wealth of plants and animals. Several species of wild orchids can be found around Montejaque from January to September.

montejaque-3The old Moorish quarter called Barrio Nazarí offers many self-catering accommodation options “with charm”. This high part of the village is truly beautiful, the steep narrow streets resembling the streets of an Arabic medina. If self-catering is not for you, the charming village inn, Posada del Fresno, run by Angel and Romi, is well known amongst walkers and offers breakfast and home-made dinners. The village house, located in a very quiet corner of Montejaque,  Casa El Corchito has been restored with a great attention to detail by a Dutch couple Coby and Rob who are excellent hosts. More accommodation choices can be found here: www.montexaquez.org

There are around 15 bars in the village. Personal favourites are Bar La Cuesta for best tapas, Bar Las Campanitas for tapas and atmosphere and Meson El Serrano for a comfortable terrace.

Fiestas

Carnival in the beginning of February

Juego de Cantaro February 28th

Semana Santa/The Holy week processions in March or April depending on the year

Romeria de la Virgen de Escarihuela 17th-19th May. A mini-pilgrimage to the small hermitage on top of a pass from where there is a superb view to the village. The Virgen de la Concepción is carried from the church to the top of the pass. Great fun, lots of food and drink including the traditional giant paella.

Feria de Santiago, 26t-28th July

Feria de Virgen de la Concepción, 15th-18th August

Re-enactment of the 1810 Battle against Napoleon´s troops – September/October depending on the year. The whole village joins in the preparations and the result has been stunning so far. More events in the Event Calendar.

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