Pujerra, a town surrounded by the orange color of chestnuts trees in autumn where the legend of the Visigoth King Wamba lives on.
Where is Pujerra located
Pujarra is located 110km from Malaga capital with a population of 301 inhabitants. The municipal term has a dimension of almost 24km square.
Demonym of the people of Pujerra
The inhabitants are called “pujerreño or pujerreña“.
Monuments and places of interest in Pujerra
- Church of Espíritu Santo
- Hermitage of San Antonio of Padua: During the Spanish Civil War, the residents of Pujerra, Antonio Chicón Mena and Benito Guerrero Calvente, saved the image of the village’s patron. To avoid the destruction of the image of the Patron of Pujerra, San Antonio de Padua, they hid it under some corks in a place located two kilometers from the village, known as Bentomiz. After the war, a neighbor named José de Amalia, aware of this whereabouts, went in search of the image to take it to the municipality of Cartajima, so that a worthy restoration is carried out. It is known that this neighbor made several kilometers on foot through the fields and steep slopes but fulfilling his mission. Years later, when democracy arrived in the 90s, a hermitage was decided in the place where the image was hid. The day of San Antonio de Padua is celebrated on June 13, but the Pujerra pilgrimage has been celebrated in the Bentomiz complex on the second Saturday in August to avoid that it does not join the town fair.
- Monument of King Wamba: Monument located in the Plaza Vieja. King Wamba, who ruled the Visigoth Kingdom between 672 and 680, legend says that this Visigoth king was born in this village. The legend tells that this king was a countryman dedicated to the cultivation of the land and that he was chosen to be monarch after the death of Recesvinto. The Visigoth throne was left vacant without a monarch. A committee made up of nobles and ecclesiastics was commissioned to search for King without knowing where he lived, searching through villages in the mountains until the moment they heard a woman who shouted the name Wamba on several occasions from the Tajo de la Zorra, who called Wamba to to come up for his lunch. This fortuitous incident caused them to locate Wamba, the supposed king-elect. He resisted the knights who “came to threaten him with death,” claiming that he wanted to serve his country, but that his advanced age and scarce culture would be an impediment. After a long discussion, the Goth left it in the hands of the divine will: and said “when this goad that I have in my hand blooms I will be the king of Spain” he exclaimed. It is said that, when sticking the dry stick into the ground, it “It suddenly turned green, covering itself with numerous white leaves and flowers”, for which he had to accept the Crown.
For more information about Pujerra Village: visit the City Council page