Alozaina

Alozaina village

Alozaina, a village with Arabic roots, is strategically located between Tolox, Yunquera, and Casarabonela, in the vicinity of the majestic Sierra de las Nieves. This privileged position offers a diverse landscape ranging from the slopes of Sierra Prieta to the fertile valley lands.

The architecture of Alozaina showcases the characteristic charm of Andalusia, with tidy streets and whitewashed houses adorned with colorful flowers. In 1977, it was awarded the title of the most beautiful village in Spain, standing out for its appeal in simplicity and the warmth of its inhabitants.

This picturesque municipality is part of the Sierra de las Nieves National Park, a natural reserve with rich biodiversity of flora and fauna.

Alozaina presents itself as a captivating destination, infused with natural beauty, ideal for those seeking an authentic experience in the heart of Andalusia.

History

Alozaina monumentThe history of Alozaina takes us to remote times, from the Upper Paleolithic to the Bronze Age, revealing traces of Iberian and Phoenician presence.

In the Roman era, remnants of family settlements are discovered, likely providing services and aid to travelers heading to Acinipo (near Ronda) or Cartima (Malaca).

With the arrival of the Arabs, the locality adopted the name "Alhosaina," meaning "Small Castle." During the Muslim reign, it experienced notable growth driven by agriculture until the Christian conquest devastated Alozaina, leaving it deserted. Subsequently, new settlers from the north of Spain received lands to restore the village.

In the 16th century, harassed by the Christian religion, the Moriscos (converted Muslims) rebelled in all conquered territories. In Alozaina, led by María Sagredo, who disguised herself as a man, they defended against nearly 3000 men. After her father fell in battle, she assumed his position and defended the tower that now bears her name in honor of her bravery.

Alozaina streetIn the 19th century, Alozaina experienced remarkable growth and achieved independence on April 12, 1942.

Tourist Attractions

From ancient churches telling silent tales to fountains whispering secrets of times gone by, Alozaina stands as a treasure waiting to be discovered:

  1. Old Town: Immerse yourself in history by strolling through the charming old town.

  2. Santa Ana Church (1505): Admire the architecture of the Santa Ana Church, built in 1505, a testament to the past that endures in the present. Its current appearance reflects the reconstruction carried out between 1770 and 1774 (Map)

  3. Albar Fountain: In the vicinity of the Albar Fountain, there is a municipal laundry, a restored monument that recalls a time when women used to come to wash, especially when homes lacked running water. (Map)

  4. Torreón de María Sagredo Park: Immerse yourself in nature and history at the Torreón de María Sagredo Park, a space that pays homage to the brave defender of the village. (Map)

  5. Hoyos de los Peñones: Explore the Hoyos de los Peñones, a place that adds a natural touch to the experience, inviting you to connect with the beauty of the surroundings. (Map)

  6. Jorox Waterfall: Access is via a trail that starts from the parking lot at the entrance of the village. Following the descending path from the tight curve, you will reach the waterfall directly. The difficulty of the journey is classified as moderate, as it involves a somewhat technical descent. However, the experience is worth it to contemplate this impressive natural waterfall and where you can also take a refreshing swim. (Map)

Festivals

Alozaina comes alive with various festivals throughout the year, offering unique experiences:

  1. Patron Saint Festivities (July 25-29): In honor of Santiago and Santa Ana, Alozaina unfolds its patron saint festivities with contests, sports competitions, concerts, and the traditional livestock fair. The processions of Santiago on July 25 and Santa Ana on the 26th, where the image is carried by women, add a special touch to these vibrant days.

  2. Olive Festival (September 8): The village immerses itself in the "Olive Festival" on September 8, marking the beginning of the green olive harvest, known as "El Verdeo." Alozaina stands out as one of the first places in Spain to initiate this process.

  3. Romería de la Santa Cruz de Joróx (First Sunday of May): On the first Sunday of May, the picturesque "Romería de la Santa Cruz de Joróx" is celebrated in a valley surrounded by orchards and orange groves.

  4. Carnivals with Harineo: During carnival time, Alozaina transforms with "Harineo," a day when the village is covered in "snow" made of flour, adding a dose of fun and color to the celebration.

  5. Holy Week and Corpus Christi: The solemnities of Holy Week and Corpus Christi also hold a prominent place in Alozaina's festive calendar, enriching the cultural and religious life of the village.

Gastronomy

Discover the exquisite gastronomic offering of Alozaina, captivating its visitors not only for the diversity and quality of its dishes but also for the unique character it brings to the province of Málaga:

  • Fried Leek with Eggs, a typical dish of Alozaina that, though simple, dazzles with the authenticity of Andalusian cuisine.
  • Rabbit with Garlic or Tomato, a sublime gastronomic experience for meat lovers, where rabbit blends with garlic and other ingredients to create an unparalleled taste.
  • Gazpachuelo, a cold soup that captures the essence of Andalusia. Prepared with bread, olive oil, vinegar, and sometimes with the addition of seafood, this delicacy reflects the regional culinary richness.
  • Marinated Olives, distinguished by their medium size, intense green color, and distinctive flavor. Seasoned with garlic, pepper, thyme, and fennel, these Aloreña olives offer a unique experience.
  • Gachas, a traditional peasant dish combining wild asparagus, garlic, green peppers, ripe tomatoes, and "asentao" rustic bread in a hearty and nutritious soup.
  • Chickpea Stew with Cod and Garlic, a masterful combination of humble ingredients with sophisticated culinary technique that will transport you to the landscapes of Alozaina with every spoonful.
  • Gazpacho and Gazpachillo, two iconic cold soups of Andalusia that, with their blend of bread, olive oil, vinegar, and occasionally seafood, are a delight for the senses.

Finally, the Fig Bread, a dense and intensely flavorful delight, blends dried figs with toasted and ground almonds. On the other hand, Honey Donuts are a typical sweet made with honey and other natural ingredients, adding a sweet touch to your culinary experience in this charming town.

How to Get to Alozaina

If you have rented a car in Málaga, the drive should take no more than an hour. You should head towards the Cartama Station and from Pizarra towards Casarabonela, which is located just to the right of Alozaina.

Another way to reach Alozaina is through Alhaurín el Grande, passing through Coín and Torrox.

In the map below, you can see the recommended route to reach Alozaina from Málaga. If you need it, we have car hire in Malaga.

Tourist Information about Alozaina

Town Hall: Plaza de la Constitución, 3 - 29567.

Phone: 952 48 00 13.

Official Website: www.alozaina.es


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