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Arriate is one of the towns which makes up the Ronda highlands in Malaga, located in the lower region of the Ronda Depression. Its name corresponds to the flower beds usually found in gardens and window sills, although its original Arabic meaning is a direct reference to an orchard. This is not surprising, since Arriate is located in an exceptional natural environment. One cannot avoid travelling around the valley and its surroundings to discover spots such as the "Arroyo Oscuro" (meaning obscure stream) or the Roman ruins of Acinipo. The Guadalcobacín valley makes up the backdrop of this area, overlooked by the Cumbres Mountains and the Salinas Hill.

This town also stands out for its traditional carpentry. Whilst strolling through its winding streets, one can admire the handcrafted wooden doors on many of its houses, and, of course, the marvellous views of the valley, seen from the various viewpoints scattered around the town. The town also holds its own Holy Week, declared a Provincial Touristic Singularity.




The first thing to discover in Arriate is the town"s viewpoints. There are many watchtowers from which one can admire the marvellous landscape which makes it such a unique place to visit. After strolling along the river bank, one arrives at the Estacá viewpoint, which provides a beautiful view of Arriate and its surroundings. The climb up to the viewpoint in La Habana Street offers another option for a great panoramic view.

The Station Promenade (Paseo de la Estación) and the Main Square also merit a visit, and make up the centre of the town"s activity.

The main architectural reference point of Arriate is without a doubt the Church of San Juan de Letrán . The building dates from the Andalusian Renaissance and stands out for its mudéjar carpentry and the bell-tower, which, despite being a recent construction (1960), has become the emblem of the city and a key point of reference in the town"s skyline.

Geographic Data
Surface 8 km2
Altitude 596 m
Latitude 36º 48'
Length -5º 08'
Distance to Málaga City 99,1 km
City 4068
Men 2010
Women 2058
Nationality Arriateños
Town Hall
Escudo de ArriatePlaza de la Emigración Arriateña s/n, 29350 
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