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Set in the middle of the highlands, between the coastal mountain ranges and the La Mancha plateau, Yecla paints its visitors a picture of exceptional beauty, where arid stone landscapes contrast with fields of olive trees, cereals and vineyards.


Life in this 'Noble, Loyal and Most Faithful' land, as it was recognised by Felipe V in 1707 in the title granted to the town, revolves around wine and furniture, its most deeply-rooted traditions. In the present day, the modern, industrial town coexists with the town of the past, blending heritage and traditions.

The Plaza Mayor is an excellent starting point for your visit. Presided over by the Town Hall, the square boasts several historical and architectural gems such as the Alarcos Palace (16th-17th Century), the Council Palace (16th-17th Century), the old Granary (16th-17th Century), the Auditorium (19th Century) and the Clock Tower (19th Century).
The La Asunción Parish Church or 'Old Church', where the Holy Week Museum is located, is just down the road from here. The building houses a collection of images, standards, processional thrones, embroidery, tunics and other items of interest from Yecla's Holy Week. Right in the heart of the old town, visitors can also see the Isabel la Católica Arch, built for the triumphant entrance of the monarchs in 1488, and where the San Blas niche is located. You can also see the Balcón sobre la Torre viewpoint. Particularly worthy of mention are the most traditional districts, such as the Judería, which was probably once a Jewish settlement; and Jabonería, a street named after the ancient craft of soap-making since 1715. The El Hospitalico Church and the Casa Palacio de los Ortega mansion, now the town Cultural Centre and home to the Cayetano de Mergelina Archaeological Museum and the 'El Greco' Reproductions Museum, are also in this area.

Wandering around the most picturesque corners of the town, you will come across a pleasant literary surprise: several mosaics where writer José Martínez Ruiz 'Azorín' tells of his experiences in the town.

Yecla also enjoys a very active cultural scene, with places of interest such as the 'Casino Primitivo', a leading social and cultural centre, and the Concha Segura Theatre, named in honour of the actress from Yecla.

Another of the loveliest places, which is also well worth visiting, is La Constitución park, a haven of nature in the midst of the town, where local people like to walk.

The town retains a profound sense of religion. Just by taking a look at some of its churches, visitors will get a feel for the great devoutness felt by the people of Yecla for their religious patrons. On the same note, a visit to the Purísima Concepción Basilica or 'New Church' and to the San Francisco Church, where you can see a real gem of Murcian Baroque architecture, the Virgen de las Angustias Chapel, is highly recommended.


In a similar vein, on the outskirts of town, there is a route that will introduce you to other holy buildings of great meaning and importance to the people here. These include the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception Church and Enclosed Order Convent; San Roque Church, which is the oldest in Yecla; Niño Jesús Parish Church; San Juan Parish Church; and the Santa Bárbara Chapel. Nearby is the Bullring, which is home to a museum featuring countless items from the world of bullfighting.

In addition to its fascinating cultural and religious attractions, the town has another surprise in store: the Cerro del Castillo (Castle Hill) Route, where you can enjoy places of great scenic, archaeological and monumental interest. The route takes you via the Paso de la Bandera, a beautiful viewpoint right next to one of the ramps leading up the hill and will also enable you to visit the Castle Sanctuary; the 'Virgen del Castillo' Marian Museum, where all manner of items and documents related to the worship of the Virgen del Castillo are on display; and, lastly, the Hisn Yakka archaeological site.
A tour of Yecla


Yecla's landscape is characterised by its extensive steppes, which are a valuable refuge for certain species of birds that are endangered elsewhere in Europe. In addition to fields of cereal crops, in this area you can also see vineyards, almond and olive trees, as well as various country houses, most notably the Casa del Nene, La Fianza, Venta de Gloria, Derramadores, etc.

Another of the nature trails worth taking is the one running through the hills and the Rambla de Tobarrillas, a gully of great ecological and biological value. As you follow the gully, you will come across several springs, a house at Tobarrillas Baja, some Roman remains and several caves.

Further south, are the Sierra de Las Pansas and Sierra del Carche. There is a small spring on the lower north-facing slope of Las Pansas and several caves such as the Cueva de Jaime el Barbudo which, according to popular tradition, was the hiding place of this famous bandit.
Other places of interest in this area include the Casas de la Ermita, the Barranco del Saltador and the Sierra del Carche, which is a Regional Park.

Declared a Site of Cultural Interest by UNESCO, Monte Arabí is home to Neolithic rock paintings, which adorn the Cueva del Mediodía and Cantos de la Visera I and II caves. Also of interest are the sculptures called 'cazoletas' (pots) and 'petroglyphs', the precise significance of which is unknown. Indeed, there are many legends about this mountain that are reflected both at popular level and in written sources and which form an inseparable part of this legendary place.

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The Neoclassical style Purísima Concepción Basilica or 'New Church' has a remarkable semispherical dome made out of blue and white glazed tiles in a spiral pattern. Inside, there are different chapels, works of art and sculptures to be seen, with highlights including 'Christ kneeling before the Cross' by José Esteve Bonet, the 'Virgen de las Angustias' by Francisco Salzillo, and, above all, the paintings on the vault of the central nave and transept, which are the work of Manuel Muñoz Barberán from Lorca.


The Sierra de Salinas is located in the south-west of Yecla and is one of the most important areas of natural countryside in the Altiplano highland district. This is a rugged area with beautiful mountainsides of great ecological importance interspersed with ravines. The summit of the mountain range is known as the 'Capilla del Fraile' (Friar's Chapel) and is at a height of 1,237 metres above sea level, making it the highest point in the Yecla district and the second highest in the highlands.


Yecla cuisine is another irresistible temptation. 'Gachasmigas', 'gazpachos', potato pasties, 'pelotas' and fried cheese with tomato all used to be traditional peasant fare in this area. There are also other delights such as 'tortas fritas', fried cakes that can be eaten with sugar, anchovies and honey; 'olla gitana', or potatoes in broth.

Highlights amongst its most typical sweets include 'libricos', which are made in the traditional way, according to recipes handed down from parents to children, using wafers and honey. 'Pan bendito' (holy bread) made from flour, eggs, oil and sugar which, as well as being delicious, is particularly striking because it is normally decorated with eye-catching animal or flower shapes. 'Sequillos', 'magdalenas', 'toñas', 'galletas', 'rollos de anís' and 'ensaimadas' complete the repertoire of cakes and pastries.


Yecla also offers many options for trekking, cycling and caving. Declared a UNESCO Site of Cultural Interest, Monte Arabí has Neolithic rock paintings in the Cueva del Mediodía and Cantos de la Visera I and II caves. Also of interest are the sculptures called 'cazoletas' (pots) and 'petroglyphs', the precise significance of which is unknown. Indeed, there are many legends about this mountain that are reflected both at popular level and in written sources and which form an inseparable part of this legendary place.

Very close to Monte Arabí is the Cerro de Los Santos hill, the site of numerous archaeological finds, including the statue of a female offering-bearer that can be seen in the Casa de la Cultura in Yecla, and the 'Rosa de los Vientos' or Compass Rose, a giant slab of stone with a star carved into it, also found very nearby. If there is one legend about Monte Arabí that is really well-known by all the local people, it is the story of the 'Cueva del Tesoro' or Treasure Cave, which it is said has a series of narrow passageways leading to a big door protected two armed guards, behind which there is a valuable treasure. Others say that this cave was, in reality, a secret way out of the Arabilejo fortress, located barely 500 metres away.


In the middle of May, Yecla rediscovers its agricultural traditions during the Fiestas de San Isidro, which have been declared of Regional Tourist Interest.

Street parties, processions, performances by the town's folk groups and even a wine competition, bring the town to life between May 4th and 26th. The highlight is the Grand Parade, which takes place on the Saturday closest to St. Isidore's Day. During the parade, the members of the fiesta 'peñas' or clubs dress in traditional costume and distribute wine and local produce amongst all those present.

Today, these fiestas are made possible by the hard work of the 'peñas' in creating their floats, which represent different aspects of spring and farming. Once the design and the metal or wood structures that are hitched up to tractors have been made, the floats are decorated with tiny pieces of tissue paper, and some of them can be as big as five-and-a-half metres high and between three and six metres long.

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