Pizarra

View of the typical Andalusian balconiesPizarra, a charming municipality in Malaga, is nestled in the heart of the Guadalhorce Valley, between the picturesque towns of Álora and Cártama. This place, where the Guadalhorce river crosses, is located at the entrance of the Sierra de las Nieves, offering an impressive landscape that can be discovered while enjoying its varied hiking routes.

History

Pizarra is a municipality rich in history and cultural heritage. The numerous archaeological sites present in the area attest to the existence of human settlements since prehistoric times. Human remains have been discovered, as well as Roman and Paleo-Christian artefacts, which provide a fascinating insight into the civilisations that once inhabited this region.

The foundation of the town of Pizarra dates back to the time of the conquest of Granada. A knight, who had participated in the conquest of the Kingdom of Granada, founded Pizarra around the year 1495. In 1561, the population of Pizarra consisted of 10 families. However, between 1646 and 1652, the town experienced significant demographic growth, increasing its population to 54 families, equivalent to about 200 people. This growth continued in the following years, reflecting the prosperity and attractiveness of Pizarra.

In 1847, Pizarra was declared a municipality of Malaga. During this period, Pizarra continued to grow and prosper, driven by agriculture and the construction of the railway that connected Cordoba with Malaga. This development allowed Pizarra to emerge from its isolation and improve its economy.

Tourism in Pizarra

Pizarra offers us beautiful hiking routes that we recommend to practice:

The 'Contrastes y Azahar' hiking route is a circular route of approximately 52 kilometres in 4 sections, it has information panels along the sections and we will enjoy its vegetation, the views of the different crops and the architecture.

Pizarra also has monuments that we can visit:

Chapel of Fuensanta

A typical 16th century chapel built on a Mozarabic church, it was restored during the 20th century. View on map

Sacred Heart of Jesus

A statue built in 1916 and destroyed during the war of 1936. A cross was rebuilt in the same place, which was also destroyed, this time by lightning. Another figure was built again on February 2, 1936, which still stands. View on map

Church of Saint Peter the Apostle

Built during the 15th century, it lost all its ornaments and images during the war of independence between the years 1931 and 1936, it has a restored interior. View on map

Castillejos de Quintana

In this place evidence of Roman and Mozarabic occupation has been found. Houses excavated in the rock that make us imagine another time already past. View on map

Arab tower of the cross

In the mountain of Gibralmora we will find a part of what in its day was an Arab defensive system, which was also used as a point of communication between Álora and Cártama. The only thing left today is the circular structure of the base of the tower. View more information

The queen's bath

It is said that this is the place where the Moorish queen bathed, it is a construction that dates from Roman times. View on map

Casqueros

There are a large number of buildings that were intended for the drying of citrus peels that were later used in the gunpowder industry. View on map

Nature in Pizarra

Pizarra, a municipality located in the heart of the Guadalhorce Valley in the province of Malaga, is known for its impressive natural beauty. Surrounded by mountains and landscapes full of olive trees, almond trees and vineyards, Pizarra is a charming place for nature lovers. In addition, the rich cultural and historical heritage of Pizarra is reflected in its streets and monuments.

Hiking routes in Pizarra

Pizarra offers a variety of hiking routes for those who enjoy nature. Here I present some of the most popular:

The Saint of Pizarra (Hacho), Arab ruins and Luna Fountain

This 14.67 km long hiking route with a 527 m gradient takes you through a mountainous environment and landscapes dotted with olive trees, almond trees and vineyards.

Circular El Santo - Archaeological Site Castillejos de Quintana

This 10.16 km long hiking route with a 554 m gradient takes you through a mountainous environment and landscapes dotted with olive trees, almond trees and vineyards.

Hacho de Pizarra - El Santo

This 7.73 km long hiking route with a 357 m gradient takes you through a mountainous environment and landscapes dotted with olive trees, almond trees and vineyards.

These hiking routes will allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of Pizarra and its surroundings. You can visit the following website to find information about these and other hiking routes in Pizarra: https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas/senderismo/espana/andalucia/pizarra

Fair and Festivities in Pizarra

Pizarra, a picturesque municipality in the province of Malaga, is famous for its festivities full of tradition and joy. These events attract visitors from all over and are celebrated with great enthusiasm by the inhabitants of Pizarra. Here we present some of the main celebrations:

Raffle Ntra. Sra. de la Fuensanta

This is a tradition that dates back to time immemorial and is celebrated with great fervour every August 15, coinciding with the start of the Pizarra Fair. On the eve of the fair, the patron saint illuminates the streets of the municipality with her procession.

Pizarra Fair

The Pizarra Fair is a lively event that takes place in the centre of the town. During the day, you can enjoy local cuisine at the beach bars and attend concerts. At night, the town is filled with music and dance, and children have fun on the carousels.

Zalea Fair

In May, the Zalea Fair pays tribute to San Isidro Labrador with a traditional pilgrimage. The festivities begin with a mass in honour of San Isidro and continue with a procession through the streets of the town.

Cerralba Fair

In June, the neighbourhood of Cerralba celebrates its fair in honour of the Virgin of the Rose. The pilgrimage takes place on the second Saturday of the month and the fair is held the following weekend at the fairgrounds of the neighbourhood.

Vega Fair

The Vega, also known as the Barriada Hipólito, celebrates one of the oldest festivals in Pizarra on the first weekend of July.

Three Kings Parade

On January 5, the Three Kings arrive in Pizarra to the delight of the little ones. The children hand in their letters and receive sweets and gifts. Then, the decorated floats travel the main avenues until they reach the Town Hall Square.

Carnivals

The carnivals in Pizarra are full of activities and shows. The festivities begin with the burial of the Sardine, followed by a procession that travels the main streets until it reaches the Town Hall Square, where the symbolic burning takes place.

Pilgrimage El Santo

On February 28, coinciding with Andalusia Day, the Pilgrimage of El Santo is celebrated in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Many Pizarra residents walk or ride to this festive event that takes place in a natural environment of great beauty.

Verbena de San Juan

On June 24, in honour of San Juan, the verbena is celebrated with a rocket launch. During the festivities, various activities are carried out, such as a flamenco mass and performances by local dance groups.

Tapa Route

Since 2007, Pizarra has celebrated the Tapa Route, recognised as a Singular Festival of the Province of Malaga. This event celebrates the tradition of tapas, highlighting local products and promoting cultural and gastronomic tourism.

Gastronomy in Pizarra

The gastronomy of Pizarra is a reflection of its rich culture and traditions. With a wide variety of local dishes that are based on the fresh and seasonal products of the region, the cuisine of Pizarra is a delicious blend of flavours and aromas. From traditional dishes to culinary innovations.

If you are looking for good food, the typical dishes of Pizarra's gastronomy are the "Sopa aplastá" and the Spanish potato omelette, the majaillo and the gazpacho.

Video about Pizarra

How to Get to Pizarra

Pizarra, a charming municipality located about 30 kilometres from Malaga, is easily accessible both by road and by public transport.

By Bus

If you choose to travel by bus, you can take the M-231 line that connects Malaga with Alora, with a stop in Pizarra. This bus service provides a comfortable and direct way to reach the heart of Pizarra.

By Train

If you prefer the train, the C-2 line that goes from Malaga to Alora has a stop in Pizarra. This train service offers an efficient and relaxing way to travel, allowing you to enjoy the scenery during the journey.

By Car

If you prefer the comfort and flexibility of travelling by car, the journey from the Malaga airport to Pizarra is approximately 35 kilometres. If you need a car, you can check our vehicle rental prices in Malaga. Alternatively, you can opt to take a taxi from Malaga to Pizarra.

Regardless of the mode of transport you choose, getting to Pizarra is simple and convenient, allowing you to start exploring this charming municipality as soon as you arrive.

Tourist Information about Pizarra

Town Hall: Camino de La Estación, 1 - 29560.

Phone: 952 48 46 84

Website: https://www.pizarra.es/


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