Algarrobo is a municipality in the province of Malaga, Andalusia. It’s located on the Costa del Sol and is made up of four urbanizations: Algarrobo Costa, Lagos, Mezquitilla, and Algarrobo Pueblo. Algarrobo Costa is a tourist center with many apartment blocks and hotels. It was once a fishing port but now has many amenities such as supermarkets, shops, bars, and restaurants. There is an attractive promenade for an early morning jog or evening stroll. The town has its own sandy beach and there are many other beautiful beaches along the coastline. The area is also blessed with an inland countryside landscape of outstanding natural beauty. It’s a great base for walking holidays and exploring the surrounding Costa Tropical and Costa del Sol.
Its origins likely date back to the Paleolithic period, although the first documented prehistoric settlement is from the Copper Age. The Phoenician necropolis Trayamar and the remains found in the Morro de Mezquitilla have been catalogued as one of the most important Phoenician remains that still exists in the West.
Algarrobo’s history is closely tied to its architecture and customs. The town was founded by Berbers from Algiers who introduced crops such as almonds and raisins and small industries of silk. The main center for the population is Algarrobo, a town of Arab architecture situated 3.5 kilometers from the coast1. The town has a number of interesting cultural attractions including a 17th-century church and many watchtowers that date back to the Moorish occupation in the local region.
Algarrobo also played a part in the Peninsular War between 1807 to 1814, known in Spain as the War of Independence.
Some popular attractions in Algarrobo include the Torre Derecha De Algarrobo Costa, an observation deck and tower, and the Torre Ladeada, a monument and statue. The Museo Morisco de Sayalonga is also a popular attraction within 42 kilometres of Algarrobo.
The Torre Derecha De Algarrobo Costa, also known as Torre Nueva, is a fortification tower located in Algarrobo Costa, near the Torre Ladeada. It was built in the 18th century during the reign of King Fernando VI and is considered a cultural heritage site since 1993
In addition to the well-known cakes of Algarrobo we recommend you to try other delicious dishes of the gastronomy in the area:
You can read our guide about restaurants in Algarrobo.
If you are looking for a good time, you may want to learn more about the main parties and events in Algarrobo:
From Algarrobo you have access to some routes that could be interesting if you like to get into nature:
Route of the Algarrobo River
A 6-kilometre round trip that will take you about 3 hours to complete and you will pass by ancient Phoenician tombs along this signposted route.
Los Perales stream
This is an 11-kilometre medium-difficulty route that starts at the health centre and will take you approximately 5 hours to complete.
The route can be done on foot or with your own vehicle and on horseback.
Lakes Route to Algarrobo
A 5 hour route in which along a little more than 13 kilometers you will be able to enjoy beautiful panoramic views and the coastline of the village of Algarrobo.
It can be done on foot, in your own vehicle, on horseback or by mountain bike.
Route of Benthomiz Castle
Beautiful panoramic views on this 10 kilometre route that will take you about 4 hours to travel and can be done on foot, on horseback or in your own vehicle.
Route of the Villares to the Fluvial Park
A route that can be done on foot, by car, on horseback or mountain bike and that runs through an agricultural lane along 6 kilometers, 12 if you count the tour which will take you about 5 hours if you walk it.
The best route is by the A-7 road in the direction of Rincon de la Victoria which you must continue until you pass Torre del Mar, after which you will find a detour to Caleta de Velez, Algarrobo and Algarrobo Costa.