Yecla Wine Route
Bodega Barahonda. Yecla
Bodegas Barahonda. Yecla
The wine harvest. Yecla
Yecla, recovering traditions
Wine tourism. Yecla
The Yecla Wine Route is an excellent way of discovering all the attractions of this municipality in Murcia through its wine culture, and a series of unique experiences. Visitors will be able to enjoy a wide diversity of cultural options, featuring fiestas and festivals, typical local traditions, vineyards, ancient wine cellars and modern wineries, wine tasting, monuments and natural spaces… All this is served 'à la carte', as you can either opt for a guided 'package' or design your own itinerary.
Wineries on the route.
What are the wines like?
Over 6500 hectares of vineyards, unique varieties such as Monastrell, and a winegrowing tradition that goes back to the times of the Phoenicians are evidence of the importance of this Wine Route. Thanks to new techniques and technologies, wines from the Yecla Designation of Origin have evolved towards more balanced and elegant notes, without foregoing the hints of fruit and the freshness of its star variety, with an aromatic complexity to match its quality. Visitors to Yecla can choose, for example, an elegant Macabeo to drink with tapas in the local bars and restaurants, or an assertive red Monastrell to enhance the typical dish known as 'gazpachos yeclanos'.
What will I find?
Over thirty establishments including wineries, accommodation, restaurants, businesses, themed tourism companies, wine bars and travel and tourist information agencies. A variety of itineraries such as the Archaeological Route, featuring a visit to the rich historic heritage of Yecla; the Nature Route, involving a tour of the landscapes in the area; the Cultural Route around the city's monuments and artistic heritage; and the Gastronomic Route, the perfect way to sample all the typical local dishes. Experiences such as visiting wineries, wine tasting and wine courses. A broad calendar of events related to the world of wine such as the Wine and Tapas Route (in April), the Annual Wine Tourism Gala (in May), the Wine Harvest Festival (in September, with the traditional trampling of the grapes and the sampling of the first musts) and European Wine Tourism Day (in November, with the Noche Tinta, the Wine Tourism Marathon and the Wine and Spoon Festival to taste the first Monastrell wines).
How to get there
The most direct way to reach Yecla (in the northeast of the Region of Murcia) is by road. There are various options depending on your point of departure:
From Valencia: Take the A-7. Continue along the A-35. Take exit 11 and join the N-344 heading towards La Font de la Figuera. Take the exit towards Yecla.
From Murcia: Join the A-30, A-7. Take exit 763 B to join the A-30 heading towards Molina de Segura/ Albacete. Follow the signs to N-344 (signs for N-344 /Jumilla / Yecla / Valencia). Take exit C-3223 towards Yecla / Pinoso.
From Madrid: Take the M-23 (signs for Vicálvaro/ R-3 / Valencia). Continue along the R-3. Join the A-3 and continue along the A-31. Take exit 171 and join the N-344 heading towards La Font de la Figuera/Caudete /Yecla. Take the Yecla exit. If you prefer to go by bus, Yecla has a bus station that links the town with several points in Spain such as Jumilla, Murcia, Valencia and Barcelona. In addition, Yecla is located approximately 80 kilometres from the city of Alicante, with the Alicante-Elche Airport, which offers international connections.
A stroll around Yecla reveals a city that is steeped in history. Sites worth visiting include its Plaza Mayor square, the Concejo Palace and the Alarcos Palace, in the Renaissance style. Its Islamic past can be seen in the Hisn Yakka archaeological site in Cerro del Castillo. What's more, Yecla is home to one of the jewels of the Levantine Baroque, the chapel of Las Angustias in the church of San Francisco.
The 19th century is represented in the grand Concha Segura theatre. The house-palace of the Ortega family, dating from the 18th century, is the site of the Municipal Archive, the 'Cayetano de Mergelina' Archaeological Museum and the El Greco Replica Museum.
Nature lovers should on no account miss the landscapes in the Paseo de la Bandera or the magic mountain of Monte Arabí, of outstanding archaeological and palaeontological interest.
Any time of the year is perfect for a visit thanks to Yecla's busy calendar of cultural and leisure events.