Town Hall Square (Yecla - Murcia)

What to do in Yecla

In the Altiplano region, one finds the municipality of Yecla. Owner of a particular charm, this town has great historical-cultural value, as over the centuries it has been the cradle of the Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs.

Currently, its attractions are divided between its gastronomy, its popular festivals, and a series of emblematic places that attract visitors from all over the world. Among them is Mount Arabí, also known as the Magic Mountain. This place, full of lush greenery, presents some traces of a prehistoric past. In the caves of “Mediodía” and “Cantos de la Visera”, you can see a series of ancient cave paintings, created no less than 10,000 years ago.

For lovers of history, Yecla is almost a leap back in time. With a past of Arab occupation, you can visit both the old Muslim fortress of Yakka, which dates back to the 11th and 13th centuries, and its old town. Currently in ruins, it allows for a better appreciation and understanding of some of the population's history, as well as its polycultural composition.

After the Arab period, and as a result of various clashes, Christianity won the region. Currently, the cult of the Christian faith continues to be of great importance to its inhabitants. Celebrated for 350 years, the patroness saint festivities of Yecla have been declared of National Tourist Interest. They are celebrated in December, in honour of the Immaculate Conception.

Also, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or "New Church", neoclassical style, is a must-see. With its hemispherical spiral dome, decorated in blue and white, the basilica is an architectural work of absolute beauty. Inside, paintings of great value are preserved, such as "Christ kneeling before the Cross" by Bonet and the paintings of the central nave, by Muñoz Barberán.

For those who like gastronomy, Yecla presents options worthy of all palates, both sweet and savoury. From its “gachasmigas” and traditional “gazpacho”, foods of popular origin, to the delicious honey “libricos”, Yecla offers true artisanal delicacies that one cannot fail to try. In addition, the region has always been linked to the culture of wine, so a tour of the vineyards and their cellars is an excellent option. A Wine Route is offered, in which various tasting experiences are available with products from the region.

As one can see, Yecla has a large number of options for its visitors. Dare to discover one of the most charming Murcian towns.
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