The tiny village of Montejaque (population 1,030) lies in the south-western Andalucia region of Spain, 14 km from Ronda. It is one of the ‘white villages’ (pueblos blancos) in the Sierra de Grazalema natural park, majestically nestled between two bluffs to the north and south.
The tourist information office (www.montexaquez.org) is along the main street (Avenida Andalucia), on the right-hand side, opposite the school. Open Mon. to Fri. 10-2 and 5-8, Sat. 10-1. Information on the village is also available on the Town Hall website, www.montejaque.es.
A group of residents (mainly English-speaking) recently formed an association to encourage international tourism in the village. Check the Facebook page, Montejaque International Tourism, for up-to-date information on activities in Montejaque.
Twice-daily buses leave Ronda at 8.30 and 13.00 and arrive in the village (via Benaoján) half an hour later. The Montejaque taxi driver is Alonso (tel: 607 919 352) – Spanish-speaking only – and the price of the Ronda-to-Montejaque journey should be approx 20€.
See and do
Because of its magnificent surroundings, Montejaque is the perfect place for relaxing, for bird-watching and for adventure activities such as caving, climbing, hiking, horse-riding, mountain biking and road cycling. Visit the Hundidero dam, cave and valley, the mirador (lookout),for magnificent views of Montejaque, Serrania de Ronda and Guadiaro valley) and the speleology centre.
Fairs and Festivals: Carnival – February; Juegos de Cántaros (jug-throwing game) – Andalucia Day, Feb. 28; May fair – mid-May for 3 days; Cultural Week – second week of August: events include a food festival, flamenco dancing, lighting of the streets with 20,000 candles; August fair – mid-August for 4 days; Tourism Day – end of September; Battle of the Bridge – end of October.
Guided nature walks and bird-watching – Eva Monika Bratek (666 265 088) email@example.com
Hike + Bike: mountain bike hire, guided mountain bike rides, road cycling and hikes – day trips or holidays, catered or self-catering. (638 873 279) firstname.lastname@example.org
Recommended reading: Walking in the Ronda Mountains by Tony Bishop and Eva Monika Bratek. email@example.com
The Montejaque Cookbook and Village Guide (bilingual, Spanish and English) – produced in 2012 by local resident Carolyn Emmett – includes a compilation of more than 90 local recipes as well as the specialties and opening times of Montejaque’s many mini-supermarkets, shops, bars and restaurants. Also has information on the gymnasium, pharmacy, doctor, day-care centre, public swimming pool, walks in the area, etc. firstname.lastname@example.org
There are two banks in Montejaque (Unicaja and La Caixa) with ATMs that accept foreign cards. Both banks are located on the main road into the village.
Eat and drink
There are more than a dozen typically Spanish bars and restaurants serving food and tapas in Montejaque. Average price of tapas is 1€, with beer and wine costing from 1.20€ to 2.00€ a glass.
La Casita resturant is run by 2 international chefs, one who has worked in Michelin stared restaurants and has cooked for the Queen at the Royal Asscot Races. It's internationally inspired menu has been drawn from their experience of working in Italy, Japan, France and the UK. They also have a kids menu and pizza.
There are many accommodation options in the village, including:
Cortijo Fuente Marchal – This renovated farm consists of seven self-catering casitas (houses) for 2, 4 or 6 people, plus two double rooms. Groups of up to 25 people are also welcome. (650 725 684) email@example.com
Casitas de la Sierra, situated in the village and close to shops, has 9 self-catering villas, with on-site restaurant and car parking. Spectacular views of the dramatic, rocky landscape that surrounds Montejaque, provides the perfect backdrop to the shared pool, children's playground, flower garden & fruit trees that fills it's grounds. (952 167 392) firstname.lastname@example.org Casitas de la Sierra
Casas de Montejaque – Located only a minute’s walk from the village square, the cottages at La Posada, each with its own terrace, are set around a swimming pool. With magnificent views over the valley and surrounding mountains, the gardens provide a wonderful oasis in which to relax. Each fully-equipped cottage has been designed and decorated in typical Andalucian style. Good quality accommodation for a perfect and relaxing holiday. (670 718 593 or 952 168 120) email@example.com
Casa el Corchito B&B – Sleeps max. of five: 1 double room with private bathroom; 1 room as double or 2 singles with a 3rd bed option, also with private bathroom. Tariff: 60€ per night (or 65€ for a one-night stay); 3rd person 25€. (952 167 233) firstname.lastname@example.org
Posada del Fresno – B&B or fully-catered. Five double rooms with bathrooms; possibility of additional bed in three of the rooms. Communal dining room for breakfast, lunch, dinner; common living room with books, games, TV, internet access. (952 167 544 or 649 972 979) email@example.com
‘Las Hormigas’ is a spacious 3-bedroom family home. The well-equipped kitchen has electric oven, microwave and dishwasher. Satellite TV (English channels) and DVD player with a range of movies. Five-minute walk to semi-private swimming pool. From 375€ a week. (600 203 740) firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a twice-daily bus service to Ronda, at 9:00 and 1:30, although you may want to drive or hike through other pueblos blancos nearby, including Grazalema and Benaoján. Nearest station (Estación Benaoján-Montejaque, 6km downhill from Montejaque village centre) is on the line that runs from Granada to Algeciras and links with Ronda and many villages along the Guadiaro river valley. Great for connecting with one-way walks or bike rides.