This municipality in the province of Malaga is situated in the Guadalhorce Valley, between Alora and Cartama, where the river Guadalhorce crosses through it. It’s located at the entrance of the Sierra de las Nieves which is why it offers such a beautiful landscape that we’ll discover, as well as several trekking routes.
Pizarra has numerous archaeological remains of human presence that date back to the prehistoric period. There have been found many Roman and Paleo-Christian remains.
During the conquest of Granada, a knight founded the village of Pizarra around the year 1495, and in 1561 the population already had 10 families. Between 1646 and 1652, the locality went on from having around 54 families to over 200, a population that would constantly increase over the years.
In the year 1847, Pizarra was declared a municipality of Malaga, while the municipality continued to grow due to the increase of agricultural colonies and the railway that connected Cordoba with Malaga.
Currently, the number of registered inhabitants is of approximately 9.200.
Pizarra offers beautiful trekking routes that we definitely recommend:
- Trekking routes “Contrasts and Azahar (Orange Blossom)”: A circular route, of approximately 52 kilometres in 4 different stretches, with information panels all along them, in which we’ll enjoy the vegetation, cultivations and architecture.
In Pizarra we’ll also find several monuments that we can visit:
A typical 16th century religious construction, built upon a Mozarabic church. It was restored during the 20th century.
Sacred Heart of Jesus:
A Religious statue built in 1916 and destroyed during the war in 1936. Later on they put a cross there in the same place that was also destroyed, this time by a lightning bolt. Once again, on the 2nd of February 1995, they put yet another figure its place that still remains today.
Saint Peter Apostle church:
Built during the 15th century. It lost all its ornaments and images during the War of Independence between 1931 and 1936, which is why everything in its interior is from a later date.
Castillejos de Quintana:
One can still witness semi-excavated houses in the rock. They have found evidences of Roman and Mozarabic occupation.
Arab tower of the cross:
In the Gibralmora mountain range we’ll find part of what was one day an Arab defensive system, which was also used as a communication point between Alora and Cartama. The only thing left today is the circular structure of the base of the tower.
The Queen’s bath:
It is said that this was the place where the Moorish Queen bathed, although the construction dates back to Roman times.
There are a great amount of buildings that were destined to the drying of citrus fruit peels that were later on used in the gunpowder industry.
If you’re looking for good food, the typical dishes in Pizarra’s gastronomy is the “Sopa aplastá” (which literally means ‘flattened soup), as well as the Spanish potato omelette, the asparagus ‘Majaillo’ and the Gazpacho.
Pizarra is situated 30 kilometres away from Malaga, well communicated by road, bus or train. By bus, take the M-231 line from Malaga to Alora, passing through Pizarra in between. Pizarra also has a train station along the C-2 line that also goes from Malaga to Alora.
A journey by car of about 35 kilometres. If you need a vehicle, feel free to check out our cheap prices for Malaga airport car hire.
On the map below you can see the route of the road that will take you to Pizarra.
Town council: Camino de La Estación, 1 - 29560.
Tel: +34 952 48 46 84
Official website: Ayuntamiento de Pizarra