Juzcar: A day guide in the Blue Village of Andalusia

Welcome to Juzcar, a charming town situated in the heart of the Serrania de Ronda mountain range in Andalusia. Juzcar has gained worldwide popularity for its blue-painted buildings, making it the only “Smurf Village” in the world. Juzcar is a destination that offers something for everyone. Kids will undoubtedly feel like part of the Smurf film and adults will reminisce about their childhood and enjoy this fairytale town. It’s a perfect spot for a day trip or a weekend getaway that is suitable for families. So why not plan a visit to Juzcar and experience its magic for yourself?

Why is Juzcar a blue village?

Andalusia is famous, among other sights, for its small white villages and Juzcar used to be one of them. However, in 2011, the town was chosen by Sony Pictures as the location for the world premiere of their Smurf movie. The town was painted blue to celebrate the occasion to resemble the Smurf Village. They couldn’t have chosen a better place since you can find a vast variety of mushrooms around the village. Let’s not forget that Smurfs were using mushrooms as their home. The agreement was that after the premiere they would paint the village with the traditional white color of the region. However, the residents weren’t ready to say goodbye to this fairy-tale destination and to the fame and tourism that it brought. As a result, the town was left blue, and both locals and tourists embrace this magical “Pueblo Pitufo” or Smurf Village!

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El Pueblo Pitufo

Top 5 things to do in Juzcar

Juzcar is a charming and unique town that offers a blend of culture, adventure, and natural beauty. The blue-painted buildings add to the town’s playful atmosphere, making it a must-visit destination in Spain. Take a stroll through the cobbled streets, or hike through the stunning Serrania de Ronda mountain range and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Here are the Top 5 things to do in Juzcar:

1. Graffiti Route

Juzcar has a unique graffiti route that showcases the beloved Smurfs characters; Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Smurfette, and Gargantuel are some of them. You will find them hidden all around the village. The graffiti artists have transformed the blue-painted buildings into works of art, featuring different Smurf characters and scenes from their adventures. In each of these graffiti drawings, you will find a QR code that you can scan. There are 14 graffiti, so start your hunt because only after you scan all of them will you gain access to a hidden secret. This route is a must-see for fans of the Smurfs or anyone who appreciates street art. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as there are plenty of great photo opportunities along the way!

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2. The Blue-Painted houses

The blue-painted buildings are the main attraction in Juzcar. Not only houses but also other buildings like the Town Hall have been painted blue, giving to the village a unique and enchanting character. Stroll through the narrow streets and marvel at the town’s beauty. Parque de Juzcar offers plenty of activities for kids and adults. Play hide and seek in the large-size mushrooms and enjoy the view from the park’s balcony. Moreover, you can visit the local church Iglesia de Santa Catalina de Siena which was first built in 1505. Today it is the only blue church and it matches the fictional character of the village.

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Parque de Juzcar

3. Miradores

In addition, as in most cities in Spain, the viewpoints, “miradores”, are always a great way to enjoy the sunset and admire Spain’s culture from a different point of view. Some of the best viewpoints you shouldn’t miss are Mirador de la Torrichela and Mirador el Jardon. Also, if you follow the hiking path Sendero de los Molinos you will find Mirador del Nacimiento las Zuas. You can enjoy the peacefulness of the running water of the river and eat some snacks. And who knows you may even find Smurfs blending in with the beautiful nature of Andalusia.

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4. La Antigua Real Fábrica de Hojalata San Miguel

La Antigua Real Fábrica de Hojalata San Miguel, located in the small town of Juzcar was the first factory producing tin plate in Spain. Built in the 18th century, the factory after a few decades was abandoned and fell into disrepair. However, recently, the factory has been restored and plays a crucial role in the production of one of Andalusia’s greatest wines. The factory’s unique, historic architecture and location provide the ideal environment for the aging and maturation of the wine, which is carefully crafted using traditional methods. Today, visitors can tour the factory and witness the wine-making process. La Antigua Real Fábrica de Hojalata San Miguel is 45 minutes walk from the center of Juzcar. It’s a great opportunity to go hiking in the natural beauty of the region and experience the rich history of this once-thriving industrial site.

5. Where to Hike in Juzcar

Juzcar also offers a plethora of hiking trails that connect it with its surrounding villages. These trails wind through stunning landscapes, including dense forests, rivers, and steep mountain paths. One popular route is the Sendero Juzcar-Cartajima, which leads hikers to Cartajima village. Another trail is Sendero de los Molinos, a short path of less than 1.5 km. However, if you are up for a more challenging hike you can try the path towards Pujerra and get the opportunity to visit another nearby Spanish village. Furthermore, you can follow the river towards Farajan which passes through forests and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. These trails not only provide an opportunity for outdoor adventure but also offer a glimpse into the region’s rich cultural heritage, as they pass through historic towns.

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How to get to Juzcar

Juzcar is a small town situated in the heart of the Serrania de Ronda mountain range. The easiest way is to get to Juzcar by car, as public transportation options are limited. The town is approximately 120km from Malaga, and it takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach Juzcar by car.

If you’re coming from Malaga, take the A-357 towards Cartama, then the A-367 towards Ronda. After Ronda, take the A-397 for 10km and then the MA-7303 towards Juzcar. The drive to Juzcar is breathtaking, with stunning views of the mountain range.

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If you don’t have a car, you can take a bus from Malaga to Ronda and then take a taxi to Juzcar. Also, since it is a small city, you can combine it with a trip to Ronda or to Marbella.

For more information, you can read the guide Best things to do in Ronda Spain: Top 10. If you want to combine Juzcar with a trip to the beautiful Marbella read about the Best things to do in Marbella Spain: Top 10.

And for hike lovers make sure to check out the Top 10 off-track Trails in Malaga.

You can find more about public transportation, like fees and timetables here. And for the hiking paths, you can check out Juzcar’s official website.