Yecla Wine Route: Almazara Deortegas in Yecla
Organic extra virgen olive oil in Yecla Although the name of Yecla is synonymous with wine, it is also the scene of significant olive oil production, and visitors to Yecla are strongly advised to make every effort to either visit the Deortega olive oil mill or sample this exceptional Organic Extra Virgen Olive Oil which is on sale in some of the Bodegas and widely served in restaurants throughout the municipality. As anyone who pays a visit..

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September 10 Free guided walk at the mystic mountain of Monte Arabí in Yecla
Whet your appetite to learn more about the fascinating mountain in the north of Murcia This free tour is described as an “aperitif” visit, with participants not only working up an appetite for lunch but also whetting their appetite to learn more about Monte Arabí, a mountain which has fascinated and intrigued the residents of what is now northern Murcia for millennia. The walk, entitled “Enamórate de Arabí” (fall in love with Arab..

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Yecla Wine Route; Bodegas Castaño
Principal labels; Dominio Espinal, Castaño, Pozuelo, Hécula, Castaño Colección, Casa Cisca, Castaño Monastrell Dulce. Start to research the wines of Yecla on any wine page worldwide and there are two words which recur again and again; Monastrell and Castaño. Bodegas Familia Castaño is synonymous with wine production in Yecla, and the family was instrumental in promoting new techniques and innovation when it became the first bodega..

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Yecla Wine Route: Bodegas Evine
Ecological production, family run winery, can be visited as part of the Rutas del Vino de Yecla Bodegas Evine is an ecological family run winery operating under the Denominación de Origen Yecla (D.O. Yecla) which produces small volumes of wine, the emphasis being on quality, not quantity. Wine is sold principally to the domestic market with a growing channel of sales in nearby Alicante Province of the Comunidad Valenciana. Bodegas Evine..

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 Monte Arabí in Yecla, prehistoric rock art, and a multitude of legends
Rock art at the sites in Yecla show several different periods of Prehistoric rock art The archaeological sites on Monte Arabí in the municipality of Yecla are considered among the most important in the Region of Murcia, containing prehistoric art from different periods and providing evidence of sophisticated human habitation here well before the start of the Copper Age in Europe. Monte Arabí Monte Arabí dominates the northern side..

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Iglesia Vieja, the old church of Yecla
The Iglesia de la Asunción is now the Easter Week museum of Yecla  It can be confusing to talk about the churches of Yecla because the most important ones go under a variety of different names, and the Iglesia Vieja (old church) is no exception. Officially this Gothic/Renaissance-style building, which is located between the Town hall and the Santuario del Castillo in the higher part of Yecla, is known as the Iglesia del Salvador or..

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The Town Hall in the Plaza Mayor of Yecla
A 16th century building is home to the Town Hall of Yecla The main Town Hall building in Yecla is the building formerly known as the Concejo in the Plaza Mayor, the main square of the old town centre which also contains the tourist information office, the clock tower, the old grain store and the Palacio de los Alarcos. The Town Hall building dates from the first half of the 16th century, and features a classical stone façade punctuated..

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The Lonja of Yecla, the old meat and fish market is now the auditorium
The Lonja stands on the site of part of the old grain store in the Plaza Mayor of Yecla The municipal auditorium of Yecla occupies the building formerly known as the “Lonja”, or fish and meat market, although in its long history it has also served as the town’s grain store and fulfilled various other functions before becoming a venue for exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events. The first references to buildings standing..

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The Pósito, the old grain store in the Plaza Mayor of Yecla
Old cloisters on the southern side of the main square in the old town of Yecla This 16th-century two-floor building in the centre of the old town of Yecla used to be part of one of the most important structures in the town: the municipal grain store, where it was decided how and to whom the valuable cereal crops should be distributed. The building fell out of use in the 19th century and part of it made way for the Lonja market (now the..

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The Palacio de los Alarcos in the Plaza Mayor of Yecla
A 16th century palatial residence built in Yecla by an important noble family The Palacio de los Alarcos is one of the historic baroque and Renaissance buildings which stand around the Plaza Mayor in Yecla, and was built in the 16th century by one of the most important noble families of the time, who went under the lengthy name of Gil de Alarcos y Palao de Alarcos. The family coat of arms is clearly displayed on the side of the building..

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How to book and navigate the Yecla Ruta del Vino
Visit the wine bodegas, olive oil mill, stay overnight or enjoy a day trip to Yecla Don´t be deceived by the small number of bodegas in Yecla which form the Yecla wine route. The Yecla wine route is like the Monastrell grape which is such an integral part of the winemaking tradition in Yecla today; it may be compact, but it’s bursting with powerful flavour and character, its roots tunnel deeply into the earth which roots it to the..

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The Torre del Reloj, the clock tower of Yecla
The Yecla clock tower previously belonged to a church in the Plaza Mayor The clock tower of Yecla stands in the Plaza Mayor, in the heart of the old town, between what remains of the old grains store (or “Pósito) and the former meat and fish market which has now been converted into the municipal auditorium. Originally this was the bell tower of the church dedicated to Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, consecrated in 1605, but in the 19th..

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The Basilica de la Purisima in Yecla
Construction of the “Iglesia Nueva” in Yecla took a hundred years The Basílica Arciprestal de la Purísima is the most important church and the most emblematic building of Yecla in the north of the Region of Murcia, and is dedicated to the “Purísima Concepción de Nuestra Señora” (the Immaculate Conception). However, locals tend to shorten this, and the basilica is most often referred to as simply “La Purísima” or the “..

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The Cayetano de Mergelina archaeological museum in Yecla
150,000 years of history and pre-history at the archaeological museum of Yecla The Cayetano de Mergelina archaeological museum in Yecla documents history and pre-history in the Altiplano area in the north of the Region of Murcia between approximately 150,000 years ago and the Late Middle Ages, with the exhibits reaching the 15th century AD and tracing the story of human habitation in Yecla until just a few hundred years ago. The 500 square..

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The Arco de los Reyes Catolicos and the shrine to San Blas in Yecla
Traditions date back to the late Middle Ages at these modest Yecla monuments On the south-eastern edge of Yecla, next to the hill on which the remains of the castle and the Santuario del Castillo stand, is a small and initially unimpressive-looking arch. Despite the modesty of its design, though, this arch is held by local tradition to commemorate the visit made by the Catholic Monarchs of Spain to the Villa of Yecla on 4th August 1488..

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Santuario de la Virgen del Castillo, Yecla
The sanctuary of the Virgen de la Purísima offers views out over the town of Yecla The Santuario de la Virgen del Castillo is a relatively small church which was built as a sanctuary for the figure of the Virgin Mary known as “La Purísima” in reference to the Immaculate Conception, and stands in the mountains behind Yecla alongside the remains of the Moorish castle. Historical research has led to the conclusion that a Christian..

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Yecla Wine Route: Bodegas Barahonda
Principle wines produced; Barahonda, Carro, Heredad Candela, Tranco, Summum Bodegas Barahonda offers a complete package for those who enjoy not only learning about, and appreciating the different nuances of wine from each of the wine-producing D.O areas within the Murcia Region, but also those who take pleasure in combining fine wine with fine food in attractive surroundings. Bodegas Barahonda is steeped in the history of winemaking..

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Yecla Wine Route; Bodegas La Purísima
Principal labels: Estío (young wines), Valcorso (100% single variety wines), Valcorso and Estío (organic), Iglesia Vieja ( crianza and reserva), Trapío ( 100% Monastrell pie franco), Enesencia (sweet wine). Bodegas La Purísima is one of the largest bodegas in the Region of Murcia, and the 800 agriculturalists who grow and produce its wine own 60% of the entire production capacity of the D.O. Yecla. Between them, they cultivate 3325..

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The church of San Francisco and the chapel of the Virgen de las Angustias in Yecla
Franciscan monks built the church in Yecla with their own hands over 400 years ago The restored church of San Francisco in Yecla and the Chapel of the Virgen de las Angustias, which is an annex of the main building, stand on the northern side of the Parque de la Constitución, on Calle Camino Real, and date from the 16th and 17th centuries. When it was built by the Franciscan order of monks the church of San Francisco was, in the eyes..

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