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Alfarnate is a town in the mountains of the Axarquía region founded in the Al-Ándalus era. The rocky surrounding mountains contrast with the olive and cherry tree farms in the valley below, creating a uniquely beautiful countryside.

The Arabic architecture of the town and the popular Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos (Festival of Moors and Christians) that is celebrated every September remember the town's past, which conserves traditions such as its forges and metal workshops.




Did you know that Alfarnate has an Old Toy Museum? Its collection comprises of more than a hundred objects, robots, dolls and games from the year 1880 and beyond. It"s a unique place that you can"t miss out on visiting.

The Santa Ana parish church is the most famous monument in Alfarnate. It is composed of three naves divided by pillars that hold up various pointed arches. From the exterior there is a Mudejar style tower made up of three bodies, it was erected in the 16th century.

Towards the end of the same century, was Alfarnate"s Casa Consistorial. This is a two-storey building with pointed arches. An interesting fact is that the building is situated in the square in which bullfighting used to be celebrated.

In the highest part of the town is the Ermita de la Virgen de Monsalud (a chapel), which also dates back to the 16th century. The sanctuary possesses porticos which sit upon pilasters linked by pointed arches.

This town in the Axarquía region boasts an inn that has been up and running since the 17th century. It is the Venta de Alfarnate, located two kilometres from the town. Its restaurant has fed everyone from the King Alfonso XIII to bandits like José María "El Tempranillo" and Luis Candelas, as well as romance writers and artists from all over Europe. These days the restaurant is an essential stop for foodies.

Geographic Data
Surface 34 km2
Altitude 925 m
Latitude 36º 59'
Length -4º 15'
Distance to Málaga City 49,8 km
City 1039
Men 534
Women 505
Nationality Alfarnateños
Town Hall
Escudo de AlfarnatePlaza de la Constitución, 1, 29194 
Links of interest
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    This is without doubt the most significant building in the village, occupying an entire block and facing Jerusalem. A 16th-century construction, it was inaugurated as the parish church in 1555,...


    A late 16th-century construction that provides the highlight of the village centre. Its noble design is supported by pillars with half-point arches on the ground floor, whose left-hand room has a...

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    Towards the Mountain Pass of El Quejigal (Up to km 3.8) The initial part of the Stage is flat, crossing the fields of Alfarnate towards the mountains. The first notable landmark you come to is the...


    Next to the urban nucleus of Alfarnate, is located in a limestone hill the hill of Santo Cristo, natural viewpoint of which you can see unique views, both the town, the valley and mountains that...

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     It was not so long ago that village folk did not leave their place of birth unless forced to do so in order to make a decent living. Few, if any, travelled for pleasure alone; tourism was still a...


    The name Alfarnate comes from the Arabic word“al-farnat” meaning flour mill. Name of its inhabitants: Alfarnatenos. Nickname: palancos. Interesting stories: One of the interesting...



Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians Festival). Alfarnate. September. Unique Festival