Alameda

In the northern part of the province of Málaga, near the border with Seville, lies Alameda, a charming village resting on a plain on the outskirts of the countryside, surrounded primarily by extensive olive groves.

This tranquil and welcoming corner has much to offer visitors in terms of unique experiences and natural beauty. Additionally, two elements of special interest capture the attention of those exploring this place. One of them is the tomb of José María Hinojosa, known as El Tempranillo, the most famous Andalusian bandit of the nineteenth century. His grave is located here, recalling the fascinating story of this character who met his end near Alameda in 1833, at the hands of a former accomplice.

The second highlighted element is the Ratosa lagoon, a natural space protected by the Andalusian regional government. This environment offers visitors a serene experience in harmony with nature.

Discover the authenticity of Alameda, where tranquility and natural treasures await to be explored.


Alameda village

History of Alameda

Alameda, with its roots deep in time, reveals a fascinating history dating back to the Neolithic period, as evidenced by archaeological remains discovered in the region. Its significance magnified during Roman rule when the town became a key point at the intersection of three prominent Roman roads. One of these ancient routes still persists, traversing the city from Plaza de España to Plaza de Andalucía, serving as a tangible testament to its historical legacy.

The Roman footprint in Alameda endured through the centuries, but its history is also marked by significant changes. In a particular chapter, the town, once part of the territory of Seville, transitioned to the jurisdiction of Málaga. This territorial shift adds another layer to Alameda's narrative, showcasing its dynamism throughout historical periods and its role as a cultural and geographical meeting point in the region.

Tourist Attractions

We highlight two fascinating destinations of historical importance that invite visitors to explore the cultural richness of Alameda in Málaga:

  1. Tomb of "El Tempranillo": The tomb of José María Hinojosa, known as "El Tempranillo," is a place of historical interest that allows you to delve into the intriguing story of this charismatic bandit. Born in Jauja, a hamlet of Lucena, he began his criminal career at the early age of 15, fleeing from a duel in defense of his beloved. Over the years, he became one of the most celebrated bandits in the region, leading a group of up to 50 followers. His tomb, located in Alameda, stands as a testament to his legendary exploits and offers visitors a unique insight into life in the nineteenth century. (Map)
  2. Lake La Ratosa: Lake La Ratosa is a natural space of unparalleled beauty, protected by the Andalusian government. This tranquil lake, surrounded by lush vegetation, provides visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in a pristine environment, ideal for relaxation and connecting with nature. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll along the shore, observe the diversity of birds inhabiting the area, or simply enjoy the serenity of the landscape, Lake La Ratosa is a destination not to be missed. (Map)
  3. Sierra de la Camorra Viewpoint: If you seek serenity and breathtaking panoramas, the Sierra de la Camorra Viewpoint is the ideal choice. The ascent, though demanding, is rewarded with a magnificent view unfolding from the summit, spanning the entire region. If you choose to drive, you'll find convenient parking spaces at the top. Additionally, informative signs have been placed to facilitate the identification of various orographic features in the area, enriching the experience with detailed information about the surrounding environment. This is a perfect spot for photography enthusiasts, hikers, and anyone who appreciates natural beauty. (Map)

Festivals in Alameda, Málaga

Alameda is known for its diverse festivals held throughout the year. These celebrations, full of color, music, and tradition, attract visitors from all around, offering a unique insight into the rich culture and community spirit of this Andalusian town.

La Candelaria Night

La Candelaria Night, celebrated on February 2nd, is one of the most rooted festivals in Alameda. During this night, locals gather to create "candelas" in certain places in the town. Around these bonfires, people warm up, enjoy local products, and share stories of the town.

Holy Week

Holy Week in Alameda is of special importance and starts on Palm Sunday with the popular Pollinica. Processions take to the streets again on Holy Wednesday and conclude on Resurrection Sunday. During this week, the residents of Alameda and visitors can witness the processions that traverse the streets, carrying religious images and a deep devotion.

San Isidro Labrador

On May 14th and 15th, the town celebrates San Isidro, the patron saint. This festival, declared of tourist interest in Andalusia, is one of the most significant celebrations in the province of Málaga. In the days leading up to it, streets and floats are adorned with craftsmanship. On the night of May 14th, there is a street decoration contest, where several streets in the town are adorned with flowers or dressed in very original themes. That same night, there is a small fair. On the morning of May 15th, there is a contest of artistic and rociero floats, accompanied by the image pulled by oxen of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of the locality. The festival concludes on the afternoon of May 15th with a grand meal in Camorrillo Park.

August Fair

The Alameda Fair begins the first week of August, from Wednesday to Sunday. During the day, the fair takes place in La Placeta, each day with different performances and different themes, the 60/70s party, the 80s party, Sevillanas party, or the foam party. Children's activities and various contests such as ribbon races on motorcycles, horseback riding, or clay pigeon shooting are scheduled. The nighttime fair takes place in the Municipal Tent with numerous performances for all audiences. The last day concludes with a beautiful fireworks display.

Day of the Cross

On May 3rd, the Day of the Cross is celebrated. On this day, traditional altars in honor of the Holy Cross can be found in the streets and squares of the town, elaborated by the residents themselves. The crosses are adorned with carnations, and the altar is filled with curious objects tied to traditions, such as scissors stuck in a "but" to signify "no buts" about criticizing the cross's decoration.

Please note that festival dates may vary from year to year. We recommend checking the official website of the Alameda Town Hall or contacting them for the most up-to-date information.

Alameda.es

Alameda Gastronomy and Recipes

The gastronomy of Alameda is entirely intertwined with the world of agriculture. The most typical dishes of the region have sustained the people of the surrounding villages for many years. Characteristic dishes include homemade almond and garlic sauces, rice with rabbit (or hare), and desserts like 'gachas,' 'natillas,' rice pudding, and, of course, 'pestiños,' twisted rolls, and 'mostachones.' Traditional 'sopaipas,' made with flour, 'magdalenas,' and artisan 'mantecados' also stand out. It's essential to note that this gastronomy has olive oil as its basic component, giving that distinct flavor to dishes from this place. The most representative dishes are:

Porra

Porra is a slightly thick cold soup from the city of Antequera in Malaga. Its main ingredient is tomato, making it ideal for summer days.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg stale bread
  • 1 and a half kg ripe tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt

How to Cook:

  1. Cut the bread into very small pieces.
  2. Peel the tomatoes by putting them in boiling water for five minutes, then remove and plunge into cold water.
  3. Put sliced garlic and the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, mash together until it holds together, adding the olive oil gradually.
  4. Refrigerate until well chilled.

Migas

Migas is a dish from Malaga associated with winter months but can be found in restaurants throughout the year. It’s made from leftover bread, olive oil, and other ingredients. The key to good migas is using good bread and olive oil and stirring constantly until it’s ready to serve.

Ingredients:

  • 4 thick slices stale country bread
  • 4 tablespoons diced raw ham (you can try with bacon or gammon)
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 bruised garlic cloves
  • 1 small red pepper, seeded and diced
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

How to Cook:

  1. Remove the crusts and cube the bread.
  2. Sprinkle with water, season with salt and pepper, and wrap in a tea towel for at least an hour.
  3. Heat the bacon fat and oil with the garlic cloves.
  4. When it smokes, discard the garlic and fry the ham, bacon, or gammon and pepper.
  5. When done, remove them and add the cubes of bread.
  6. Cook these for a maximum of 15 minutes, moving them constantly.
  7. When crisp, return the ham, pepper, and season.

Alameda Tourist Information

  • Town Council: Plaza de Santa María (Convent of la Encarnación).
  • Phone: +34 952 453 211

Alameda Phone Numbers

  • Bus Station Phone: +34-952 71 01 53
  • Guardia Civil Phone: +34-952 71 11 12
  • Hospital Phone: +34-952 71 05 66
  • Taxi Service Phone: +34-952 71 01 07
  • Town Council Phone: +34-952 71 00 25

How to Get to Alameda in Málaga

Alameda is easily accessible by car. From Málaga, it's a journey of approximately 80 kilometers that will take you no more than an hour. During the trip, you'll enjoy roads cutting through picturesque landscapes. To reach Alameda, take the road heading towards Antequera.

In the following map, you can see the road route from Málaga to Alameda. If you need a vehicle, we offer a car rental service with GPS in Málaga to facilitate your journey.

Tourist Information about Alameda:

For more information about Alameda, you can visit the Town Hall located in Plaza de Santa María (Convento de la Encarnación). You can also call the phone number 952 45 32 11 or visit the official website of the Alameda Town Hall.

In addition to the Town Hall, Alameda has several tourist attractions that are worth a visit. Whether you're interested in history, culture, or nature, there's something for everyone in Alameda.

  • Leave Málaga and take the A-45 towards Antequera.
  • Continue on the A-45 to exit 110 towards the A-92 towards Seville/Granada.
  • Take exit 132 towards the A-384 towards Campillos/Alameda.
  • Continue on the A-384 until you reach Alameda.

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