Alora

Alora, a charming municipality in Malaga, is situated in the picturesque region of Valle del Guadalhorce. Its history dates back to prehistoric times, as evidenced by numerous archaeological remains found in the area. Alora is conveniently located near the route connecting the Malaga train station to Sevilla, Cordoba, and Granada, facilitating easy access.

What truly sets Alora apart is its breathtaking natural beauty. Highlighted by the "Desfiladero de los Gaitanes," a majestic natural canyon shared with Ardales and Antequera. Additionally, the Sierra de Huma and the Sierra de Aguas offer spectacular mountainous landscapes that are a true delight for nature enthusiasts.

Whether drawn to its rich history or stunning natural beauty, Alora has something for everyone. Come and discover what this wonderful place has to offer!

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The Fascinating History of Alora

Alora, a jewel in the province of Malaga, has been a melting pot of civilizations since prehistoric times. Tartessians and Phoenicians left their mark here, establishing the foundations of a fortress that would later be reinforced and expanded by the Romans. This civilization not only improved the defensive structure but also transformed Alora into a prosperous trading center, where products such as honey, wine, and olive oil were traded. In fact, Alora was so prosperous that it even minted its own currency.

Alora CathedralDuring the Roman era, Alora was known as Iluro. However, with the arrival of the Arabs, its name changed to Alura.

The fortress continued to evolve during the Middle Ages. It was reformed by the Visigoths and later by the Arabs, who managed to defend it until 1484. The history of Alora during this period is full of fascinating stories, such as the "Romance de Alora," which recounts the tragic death of Don Diego de Rivera in front of the city walls.

Unfortunately, an earthquake in the 17th century caused the destruction of many houses and buildings. The castle, which had witnessed so many deaths throughout history, ended up becoming Alora's cemetery.

Despite the challenges, the population of Alora persevered. During the 17th century, the population did not exceed 500 inhabitants, but the city was the scene of numerous ideological and political struggles until the early 20th century. Through ups and downs, Alora has maintained its charm and remains a place of great historical and cultural interest.

Tourist Attractions in Alora

Alora, a municipality in Malaga steeped in history from various civilizations that have left their mark. Despite the devastating 16th-century earthquake that affected the oldest neighborhoods, Alora's monumental wealth invites exploration of its fascinating corners.

  • Alora Castle: Built by the Arabs, with Phoenician and Roman origins. It stands on the Cerro de las Torres and has witnessed various historical stages. Although only two partially reconstructed towers and a horseshoe arch on the wall remain today, Alora Castle offers a glimpse into the city's past. (Map)

  • El Chorro: A village belonging to the municipality of Alora, situated next to a reservoir on the Guadalhorce River. It is one of Europe's main rock climbing centers due to its location next to the Gaitanes Gorge. Today, it is an interesting tourist center for its scenic beauty and the unique offerings of natural tourism, including campsites, restaurants, and accommodations. We also recommend visiting the "Caminito del Rey" if you plan to explore the area. (Map)

  • Gaitanes Gorge: An impressive natural canyon created by the Guadalhorce River. This place is famous for the Caminito del Rey, a walkway built along the gorge walls. (Map)

  • Cruz de Humilladero: This small building near the Convent of Flores symbolizes the capture of the city by the Catholic Monarchs. It served as a point of public justice and is one of the four crosses that marked the city. A stop to reflect on the history of Alora. (Map)

  • Convent of Our Lady of Flowers: A beautiful convent that is a place of peace and tranquility. Known for its impressive architecture and beautiful surroundings. (Map)

  • Jurassic Route Monte Hacho: This route has a distance of approximately 6 kilometers and high geological interest. During the ascent, information about the flora and fauna of the area is provided. Once at the summit, you move to the Hemi Route viewpoint, where you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the town of Alora. Subsequently, it moves to the point of greatest geological interest, through a natural landscape with pine trees, rosemary, mastic, chamomile, among other species. (Map)

  • Pérez Hidalgo Wineries: A local winery where you can taste and buy local wines. They offer guided tours that allow you to learn about the wine production process. (Map)

  • Municipal Museum of Alora: A museum that offers a fascinating insight into local history. It features a variety of exhibitions covering from prehistory to modern times. (Map)

  • Plaza Baja de la Despedia: The town square where you can find the second largest temple in the province of Malaga, after the Cathedral. It is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors. (Map)

  • Plaza Fuente Arriba: A historic square known for its charm and beauty. It is a perfect place to sit, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere of Alora. (Map)

Festivals in Alora

Alora, a corner filled with tradition and color, is adorned throughout the year with various celebrations that reflect the joy and festive spirit of this charming town. Under the Malaga sky, local festivals become a vibrant melting pot of unique experiences.

  • Carnival

    February welcomes the Carnival of Alora, an event brimming with joy, color, fantasy, and originality. The streets are filled with dreamlike characters participating in fun choreographies. The parade culminates with awards for the most outstanding costumes, creating an unforgettable festive atmosphere.

  • May Crosses

    The first Sunday of May, the Hermitage of the Crosses becomes the epicenter of this festival, bringing together various Pandas in a lively Festival of Verdiales. In addition to music, attendees can enjoy the authentic flavors of the area, immersing themselves in a unique experience.

  • Street Parties

    During the months of May, June, and July, the different neighborhoods of Alora are filled with music, dance, and the essence of local culture. Each street party has its own charm, offering participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the diversity of celebrations that characterize the region.

  • Grand Flamenco Festival

    Between July and August, flamenco art comes to life in Alora with the Grand Flamenco Festival, organized by the local Flamenco Club. Renowned flamenco artists gather, keeping the rich flamenco tradition alive in the region.

  • Alora Fair

    In late July and early August, Alora transforms with the celebration of its fair. During the day, the streets come alive with DJ performances and live music. In the evening, the area near the town turns into a magical place with carousels, stalls, and various attractions.

  • Virgin of Flores Pilgrimage

    In September, the residents of Alora pay homage to the Patroness of the town. The Virgin of Flores Pilgrimage is celebrated with processions, traditional costume contests, and decorated floats, inviting everyone to dress in traditional attire and participate in this emotional celebration in honor of the Virgin.

Gastronomy

The gastronomy of Alora reflects the cultural and traditional richness of this charming town in Malaga. With influences from various civilizations that have left their mark, the local cuisine is a fusion of authentic flavors and recipes passed down from generation to generation.

Discover the authenticity of Alora through its exquisite gastronomic offerings, where each bite tells a story of tradition and culinary passion.

  • Sopas Perotas: This emblematic dish of Alora is a delicious soup made with bread, garlic, bell pepper, tomato, and olive oil. Accompanied by seasonal fruits such as grapes, prickly pears, oranges, cucumbers, olives, or raw onion, it is a feast of flavors that captures the essence of the region.

  • Migas: Traditionally prepared in winter, Migas are small pieces of fried bread served with different accompaniments such as chorizo, fried peppers, or eggs. A comforting gastronomic experience that evokes the warmth of the season.

  • Gachas: Another typical winter dish, Gachas are a delicious porridge made with cornmeal, water, and salt. Served with olive oil and garlic, they are a comforting delicacy that highlights the simple yet authentic flavors of local cuisine.

  • Chacinas y Embutidos: Alora boasts a great tradition of cured meats and sausages. Explore the variety of local products such as chorizo, black pudding, and loin in lard, offering a unique experience for lovers of intense and smoky flavors.

  • Lomo en Manteca: This typical breakfast dish in Alora is a delightful combination of pork loin marinated in spices and cooked in lard. A culinary experience that will awaken your palate with its authentic and comforting flavor.

How to Get to Álora

We have several options to get to Álora from Málaga, one of them is the suburban train that can be taken at María Zambrano train station, a medium-distance line that goes to El Chorro and Las Mellizas.

We can also take the bus line that reaches Álora:

M-231 Málaga-Pizarra-Álora
M-233 Málaga-Pizarra-Álora
M-340 Álora-El Chorro
M-341 Álora-Bermejo
M-342 Álora-Álora station
M-343 Álora-Industrial

If we have chosen to rent a car at the airport in Málaga, we can drive for about 40 minutes (38 kilometers) following the route on the map below, passing through Cártama and Pizarra.

Tourist Information about Álora

Town Hall: Municipal Museum Building. Plaza Baja de la Despedía.

Phone: 952 49 55 77

Official Website: Álora Town Hall


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