Unlike most of the other churches in the region, the Iglesia de la Consolación does not stand at the centre of a square, adopting instead the guise of just another house in Villanueva de Algaidas’...
Stroll amongst ancient stone, enjoy the greenery of the olive groves and the brilliant white of the farmhouses, or go for a bike ride in the country; these are just some of the options waiting for you in Villanueva de Algaidas. This district, in the northwest of the Malaga region, Nororma, offers multiple options for combining activities, flavours and experiences as you wish.
Villanueva de Algaidas has a complex of tombs, almost 3500 years old, the los Alcaides Necropolis. The archaeological remains are evidence of the presence of man in the area since the Copper Age. Two 9th century cave chapels move us forward through the centuries until 1566, date on which the Franciscan convent was founded, marking the birth of what is today known as Villanueva de Algaidas.
VILLANUEVA DE ALGAIDAS IS NOT TO BE MISSED
The first stone in Villanueva de Algaidas, and our recommendation on this tour, is the Convent of Nuestra Señora de la Consolación. The Franciscan convent was founded by the first Duke of Osuna. Only the church remains of the original building. The most interesting elements of the building include the dome, the chapels and the frescoes. Wandering among the ruined convent is a magical experience that will take you back 500 years.
Two Mozarabic chapels lie very close to the ruins of the convent and will transport you even further back in time. They are formed from two caves carved out of the rock, which were used by the Mozarabic population who remained in the Moslem territory to celebrate their rites. The chamber that would have contained the high altar can still be distinguished in the larger of the two hermitages.
Our historical journey around Villanueva de Algaidas takes us back even further into the past to Prehistoric times. The los Alcaldes Necropolis lies 3 kilometres from the present town and features signs of human settlements from more than 3500 years ago. On the Cerro de la Villeta there is a workshop from the Copper Age, the Yacimiento de la Villeta.
The next stop is in the Middle Ages to enjoy the sight of the Arroyo del Bebedero Bridge. This stone bridge was built in the late Middle Ages to link the two towns separated by the stream, la Rincona and de la Atalaya. It is built on thick pillars made of locally sourced earth and has one central semicircular arch and another two on the sides.
In addition to the two Mozarabic chapels, Villanueva de Algaidas has a further three rural hermitages. The oldest is Nuestra Señora del Socorro, from the 18th century which has two sections at two different heights. As its name indicates, this church is dedicated to the figure of the Virgen del Socorro. The other two hermitages are from the 20th century. The María Inmaculada hermitage is in the Albaicin quarter and Nuestra Señora de Fátima hermitage is in Atalaya.