Alameda is a village in Malaga situated to the north of Antequera and 73 kilometres away from the capital, bordering with the province of Seville.
The archaeological remains of the area tell us that this municipality has been inhabited since the Neolithic period and gained importance during the Roman period, being the place where 3 of the most important roman roads passed through, one of them still crosses the village today, from the Plaza de España to the Plaza de Andalusia.
Very little is known about Alameda’s medieval history, and it isn’t until the 19th century that it begins to be part of the province of Malaga, a century from when we also hear many stories about the bandits that abounded back then, and precisely Alameda is the place where the remains of “El Tempranillo” rest in peace, a famous bandit from back then that had an estate in the municipality and was shot down by an old comrade of his in 1833.
Alameda has not always belonged to Malaga, it previously belonged to Seville.
We could resume 2 main tourist attractions in Alameda:
The tomb of "El Tempranillo", famous bandit with a great history: Apparently, so they say, he became a bandit at the age of 15 as he had to run away for fighting in a duel with an adult, defending the honour of a girl he loved. He ended up being one of the most popular bandits in the area, up to a point where he had more than 50 men under his command.
La Ratosa Lagoon, a beautiful area protected by the Andalusian government.
Roman baths museum opening from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm or 8 pm, depending on the day or season.
Alameda's fair is celebrated regularly in the first week of August. It lasts 5 days (begins on Wednesday). The Queen of the Celebrations and its Ladies of Honor are proclamed on the first day. They organise varied games in the park like water activities, claypigeon shooting, funny tape races using bikes, infantile finery, etc. They also show several perfomances: humoristic, flamenco and other musical groups in the Municipal House.
Other festivals in Alameda:
The gastronomy of Alameda is identified totally with the world of agriculture, the most typical meals of the zone have fed the people of the nearby towns during many years. Characteristic dishes are the homemade sauces of almond and garlic, rice with rabbit (or hare) and desserts like 'gachas', 'natillas', rice with milk and, by all means, the 'pestiños', twisted rolls and 'mostachones'. Also they emphasize traditional 'sopaipas', made with flour, 'magdalenas' and artisan 'mantecados'. It is necessary to have present that this gastronomy has as component basic the olive oil, that gives that flavor so characteristic to dishes of this place. The most representative dishes are:
The porra is a slightly-thick cold soup from the city of Antequera in Malaga. Its main ingredient is tomato and it’s ideal for summer days.
Migas is a dish from Malaga that is associated with winter months but can be found in restaurants throughout the year. It’s a dish made from leftover bread, olive oil, and other ingredients. The key to making good migas is using good bread and olive oil and stirring constantly until it’s ready to serve.
It’s a short journey by car of about 80 km, which shouldn’t take us more than an hour, and on the way we’ll enjoy some fantastic views. From Malaga we have to take the road towards Antequera.
On the map below we can see the marked route to get to Alameda.
Town council: Plaza de Santa Maria (Convent of la Encarnacion).
Phone: +34 952 453 211
Official website: Ayuntamiento de Alameda.
Alameda phone numbers
The following phone numbers could be useful for you in case you are travelling to Alameda: