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Alhaurín el Grande

Diputación de Málaga
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    The Town Hall occupies the place that the ancient Franciscan convent / hospital used to and where the Montellano Palace is located. Some old caves have been restored under the building and are used...


    This ancient fortress, known as Fahala, is of Arabic origin and its rest have been found in the outskirts of town in the place known as Torres of Fahalas, specifically southeast of town, between the...

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    Wonderful golf course overlooking the Sierra de Mijas and the Mediterranean Sea, located just 20 minutes from Fuengirola and 25 minutes from Malaga airport and Marbella. Alhaurin Golf is a 18 hole,...

In Alhaurin el Grande, located on the Sierra de Mijas hillside, beside large crop fields typical of the area, you can appreciate the Guadalhorce Valley landscape. As well as natural landscapes, you can also enjoy the Easter Week, declared being of National Tourist Interest or learn about how olive oil is produced in the Molino de la Paca (La Paca Mill).

The village has an Agricultural Museum, where tools and objects used for the harvest in the region are kept, giving you a view into the daily lives of the inhabitants.

The famous writer Gerald Brenan lived in Alhaurin el Grande. The municipality pays tribute to him with an Annual Literary Competition.




Visitors to Alhaurin el Grande must visit the Paca Mill, a tourist attraction that has been in operation for over a century, where you can learn about the traditional method of olive oil production. Molino Morisco de los Corchos is also an interesting example of a hydraulic mill from the 15th and 16th centuries. On our walk, we come to the Calle San Rafael (San Rafael Street) crossing through a beautiful archway: this is the Portón de San Rafael.

There is also the Arco de Cobertizo, a part of what was once a defence wall in ancient times, as well as Roman archaeological sites.

The main religious monument is the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Church, built in the 16th century on the same land where there was an Arabic construction. The figure of the Virgen de Gracia, saint of the village, presides the church, which has three naves.

The village has two chapels which are the headquarters of two rivalling brotherhoods. One the one hand, there is the Santa Vera Cruz Chapel, headquarters of the Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz (Holy Christ of the True Cross) brotherhood, ""los verdes"" (the greens). On the other hand, the San Sebastian Chapel, headquarters of the brotherhood Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno (Our Father Jesus of Nazarene), ""los moraos"" (the purples).

Finally, from the Lucena or Doce Caños (Twelve-Spout) Fountain, just as you exit the village, the visitor can enjoy the pleasant sound of running water.

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Escudo de Alhaurín el Grande
Town Hall
C/ Convento, s/n, 29120 
Geographic Data
Surface 73 km2
Altitude 239 m
Latitude 36º 38'
Length -4º 41'
Distance to Málaga City 31,8 km
City 24705
Men 12344
Women 12361
Nationality Alhaurinos