The village was the home of the British writer Gerald Brenan in the 1920s, and he described its customs in South from Granada, one of his best-known books. Brenan stated in the book that he chose Yegen (at the time with no paved road connection or public transport) because of its favourable geography, including abundant water. In recent years the village has held events commemorating the writer's interest in local culture. A Brenan museum is being developed in the village.
At the end of the 19th century and all across the 20th century, Yegen, like most of the country, was a land of emigrants that left for better opportunities in Europe (Andorra, Germany, Switzerland) and America. This situation reversed in the late 1980s and now there is a small community with a few British and other European citizens that have bought houses in Yegen as a first or second residence.
- "Fonda-Museo de Gerald Brenan in Yegen inaugurated". Retrieved August 15, 2012.
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