This was a Muslim holy shrine up to the 15th century (1495), when it was transformed into a Christian hermitage, as chapel under the invocation of San Sebastián. Purest Andalusian style, is to...
Located in the old market building, ith its very intriguing name, this lovely Popular Arts and Customs Museum offers the general public the chance to see some of the archaic aspects of daily life...
This festival has been declared to be of Tourist Interest by the Provincial Council of Málaga. Please check with the local Town Hall or Municipal Tourism Office for the festival date before...
The Viewpoint at the Town Hall Square offers an astonishing panoramic view of the lower part of the village with traditional citrus fruit orchards in the Guadalhorce Valley. In the background, you...
This viewpoint is in a park, next to the old town in an area called Huerto Mateo, and it looks down on the Guadalhorce Valley. This 2,600 square metres big green surface is divided in three levels....
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.
SOME THINGS NOT TO BE MISSSED WHEN IN ALHAURIN EL GRANDE
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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