It would not make sense to know the world and not know our own country. Therefore, in the coming months we will try to create a section called something like "Letters from Uncle Matt" or "Stories of Spain" or I know ... where we will be making articles of our small local getaways. Let's see if we are focusing the subject.
And within these, we will inaugurate it with this weekend by Jumilla, land of good wine, great gastronomy and a lot of historical and cultural interest.
Jumilla It is a municipality of Murcia of around 25,000 inhabitants and a large area (the tenth municipality of Spain in extension). It is also a town, because of its geographical location, which has a very intense story: Iberians, Romans, Arabs until finally the Aragon crown and then the Castilla's crown They incorporate it into their reigns.
We disembarked ... There we planted ourselves from Murcia, by the highway to Albacete and the N334, located between fields dedicated to agriculture (especially vineyards as expected).
The city of Jumilla itself breathes Castilian or even Andalusian city atmosphere (Forgive us if someone does not fit this definition, it is one day only). It is also a pleasure to observe among its heritage how it has a wide repertoire of religious monuments as well as civil monuments. Moreover, the historic center was declared Historical Artistic Ensemble on November 27, 1981
Starting with the first, just park near the Glorieta Square, and after buying a water and a tomato pie (delicious, hehe, € 1.40) we find the Church of El Salvador dating from 1787 and was built on the plot of the Hermitage of Loreto. Breathe between neoclassicist and baroque.
Its streets look very empty this Saturday morning. It does not look like a very lively town, especially in summer, with the heat that must hit here. Although it is also true that we have a wedding and there, in the Church of Santiago, people gather. There we go down the streets ...
The Santiago church It was declared a national monument in 1931. It dates from the 15th century and is of late Gothic style. A true architectural pimp
It is from here where the alleyways most beautiful of Jumilla, very picturesque and unique. In fact, the city is full of interesting places, places, ... integrated in a series of Tourist Routes
The cultural and religious value of Jumilla is endless, Teatro Vico, City Hall, Santa Ana Convent, El Casón (as most prominent), BUT if something monumentally characterizes this city is its Castle or Fortress Its ascent begins very close to the previous church.
Strange cacti, grasshoppers and a long and heavy slope are our companions for this subway whose origin is doubtful, possibly Arabic. Just for magnificent views from the plateau that poses at your feet the castle is worth it.
He Jumilla Castle It is an ancient fortress. Its origin dates back to the Bronze Age, where the first settlements appeared. There they left their sand granite Romans, Arabs and our own Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon. This can be seen in the main tower and the surrounding Arab fortress, as well as its walls.
It is not surprising, observing it closely, that it has become the true symbol of the city, not only for its interest, visit and history but for the great location.
Mmmm, snack time like anywhere in Spain, right? Run run ... that touches the noon beer ... Behind we leave our particular expedition, rediscovering the way up, now much easier to get off.
We had two ideas to eat, Loreto Restaurant o Lerma Restaurant. In the end we decided on the first one, so the beer will be taken in the Lerma, a very nice place.
Have we not talked about gastronomy and wine yet? The jumillana kitchen It is clearly influenced by Mediterranean and La Mancha cuisine, due to its geographical location and its climate, being its most tasty and varied dishes generally of great caloric value. The best known are "jumillanos gazpachos", "good meat", "goat cheese", "rice and rabbit", "fried kid", etc ...
He D.O. Jumilla is. Today, one of the most promoted in Spain and a great discovery. It covers several districts, Jumilla being the only one in Murcia and the rest of Albacete (Montealegre del Castillo, Fuentelamo, Ontur, Albatana, Tobarra and Hellín). Its modernization in recent years has been key to its expansion and its recognition in the Spanish wine scene.
It is precisely this fact, its modernization, that has made the traditional Monastrel grape wines have been combined to produce products such as Denuño 2004 that we have stuck between eyebrows and eyebrows.
And after the beer it was time to try the gastronomy and Jumillan wines and we have gone to eat, as we said before, at Loreto Restaurant, a true Jumillana jewel (€ 67). Upon entering we see a house with a very "Andalusian" patio and several dining rooms. We had to book before but there weren't many people. From the picturesque town of Jumilla, !!! until next time !!!
Isaac, from Jumilla (Murcia)