Yes. In Júzcar, in the Serranía de Ronda, is the first and only Smurf town in the world. A surprise for children and adults who, like the mushrooms where the Smurfs of the comics live, arose almost spontaneously a few years ago in the interior of the province of Malaga.
Actually, it wasn't something totally spontaneous. As it happened, in 2011 the Sony Pictures production company was looking for a town in any corner of the planet that could be transformed into a Smurf village, and that would serve to set the events of the world presentation of his movie «The Smurfs in 3D». And the chosen and winning population was ... Júzcar.Smurf village poster - Landahlauts / Flickr.com
Júzcar, painted blue smurf
The initial proposal to the neighbors of Júzcar was that Sony would bear the expenses of paint all the houses of that characteristic blue smurf tone, so that they would remain that way throughout the promotion phase of the film. And after that, Sony would once again pay for the painting of all the facades in their original color.Júzcar - Nukamari / Flickr.com
However, when it was time for that return to normal, the people of Júzcar democratically decided to remain a Smurf people. Something that undoubtedly makes them a place different from any other of its surroundings of the Serranía de Ronda, where the most common are white houses and whitewashed in the traditional way.
Júzcar's international fame
The reason for Júzcar to renounce his original color is that he discovered that it was suddenly a known place on all five continents. His name and image had appeared on televisions, magazines and newspapers around the globe, and It was already known as the only smurf villa in the world.
«It doesn't matter where you come from, what matters is who you decide to be.«
- Phrase of Papa Smurf in «The Smurfs 2-
That has made Júzcar a prominent tourist destination within the province of Malaga, a place very visited by travelers from all over the world for a large part of the year, especially for its Costa del Sol. Well, from the shores of the Mediterranean they leave excursions towards the interior of the mountain range, and in less than an hour tourists can arrive until Júzcar and its particular color.
The growing attraction of Júzcar
Since 175 buildings in the town were painted blue, including the cemetery, church or town hall, The tourism boom has been enormous, and has materialized in several jobs and the opening of a few tourist businesses.Smurf market -manuelfloresv / Flickr.com
These establishments reach their zenith during the summer months, when there are even days that fail to supply. Thus many hikers drift to the surrounding villages, like Alpendeire, Faraján, Pujerra, Igualeja or Cartajima, who have also benefited more or less from this smurf influence.
Júzcar maintains the relationship with Sony Pictures
On the occasion of a new installment of The Smurfs, the Sony producer again established contact with Júzcar. But now it was not necessary to repaint the houses of the characteristic blue smurf, since all the neighbors keep it in perfect condition. And even there are those who have added in their facades paintings with scenes of the characters of the famous comic devised by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo.Júzcar Pharmacy - KnitSpirit
Instead, enter Júzcar and Sony reached an agreement to promote and finance the reforestation of areas around the town that had been razed by several fires. Undoubtedly, a replanting of trees that fits perfectly with the country atmosphere of the smurfs and that helps to recover places of the Sierra de Ronda.
In addition, the contrast between the green of the forests in the area and the blue of the population is still more beautiful today. Why Júzcar and its surroundings is, above all, a very photogenic place to take an excursion.
There, after the initial impact of discovering the blue of the world's first smurf town, You can take advantage of some hiking route through the area, or discover the old mills that are preserved along the Genal River. And next to these mills are the ruins of what was the Royal Tin Factory, built in the eighteenth century in the reign of Felipe V and was the first in Spain.