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Álora

Diputación de Málaga
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    The Cristo de la Veracruz Chapel is a small building constructed in the 16th century. It has a somewhat irregular floor layout and has suffered quite important transformations over time which have...

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    The Viewpoints of the Paraje Natural reserve After a kilometre and a half of service road leading along the banks of the Guadalhorce reservoir and quite near the quarries...

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    Alora, which is located at the foot of the Sierra de Hacho high up on top of a rocky outcrop, has been inhabited from prehistoric times as is witnessed to by the discoveries of Neolithic axe heads...

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    It is placed on the Las Torres Hill. A famous popular romance poem, named 'La Bien Cercada' [Well Protected One], is written on the walls of the castle. From the entrance to the castle you...

Located in the heart of the Valle del Guadalhorce is Álora, a town with a rich historic heritage and an endless list of tourism activities. A number of civilisations flourished in these lands, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and the Arabs. And all these cultures have left a medley of styles that will simply enhance your visit. The Álora Castle is well worth a visit, together with the wealth of natural elements in the area, in particular the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes.

 

MUST SEE SITES IN ÁLORA

MONUMENTS

The Phoenicians originally built the Castillo de Álora however, the coexistence with other civilisations over time has meant that it has undergone a number of transformations. The Arabs built most of what now remains, which are the towers and the walls, as well as a unique horseshoe arch, the only one of its kind in the West. It was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1931 and its privileged position offers views of the entire Guadalhorce Valley.

The second largest temple in the whole of the Málaga province is also located in Álora, represented by the iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación. Together with the castle it is a symbol for all the inhabitants of the town and it was built to accommodate the increasing population. The building, which has a rectangular floor plan, took an entire century to construct and it is home to one of the most worshipped religious figures of Álora.

One of the key works of Baroque art in Málaga is also located in Álora, the convento de la Virgen de las Flores. Its location on the outskirts of the village, away from other buildings, making its construction even more magnificent and it is home to the figure of the Virgen de las Flores, the patron saint of the town together with the Virgen de la Cabeza.

There are three historic chapels in Álora, all worth visiting: the 16th century Veracruz chapel; the Santa Brígida chapel; and the Castillo Cementerio chapel.

The Monumento al Cante por Malagueña, is a monument that pays homage to the origin of this flamenco palo (a form of flamenco), which began in Álora. The sculpture also serves as an ornamental fountain and the basin was made with stones from the Guadalhorce River, crowned by a bronze structure with the names of famous flamenco singers.

If you would like to learn more about the history of Álora you can visit the Museo Municipal "Rafael Leria" which includes a large part of the archaeological value of this town.

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Links of interest

Escudo de Álora
Town Hall
Plaza Fuente Arriba, 15, 29500 
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952497000
Areas
Geographic Data
Surface 170 km2
Altitude 194 m
Latitude 36º 49'
Length -4º 42'
Distance to Málaga City 44,7 km
Demographics
Population 12924
Men 6527
Women 6397
Nationality Aloreños o Perotes