Igualeja

Going up, following the road that connects La Costa del Sol with Ronda, we find this town with a population of some 1.000 inhabitants. The town has a labyrinthine, urban setting, with winding streets and low- lying houses. All of which is surrounded by an environment on which there is an abundance of chestnut trees and which is so uneven that it hardly leaves any possibilities for any other agricultural use.

The only information available concerning the history of the town, mentions the Arabs as the first to settle in the town, by then belonging to the Cora of Takuranda. Later on , since the conquest by Los Reyes Católicos, it came under the jurisdiction of Ronda as the feudal estate of the Infante Don Juan.

It’s most important monument is the Church of Santa Rosa de Lima, built on a mosque during the Sixteenth century.

Holy Week is worth reviewing in Igualeja, especially the Corpus procession. Furthermore, “Las Fiestas Grandes” take place on the 23rd of August, in honour of Santa Rosa de Lima, and on the 12th of March, in honour of San Gregorio.

“El Salmorejo”, “las gachas”, “las migas” and “el gazpacho”, all of which are home- made, are the most appreciated dishes of its gastronomy.