Other historic towns nearby are:

Carratraca (10 kms): Roman baths and ancient bullring

Campillos (25 kms): Settled in Roman times

Antequerra (30 kms): The crossroads of Andalucia, settled 5,000 years ago

Mollina (30 kms) close to the flamingo lake

Teba (20 kms) with famous links to Robert the Bruce

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Álora

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La Iglisia de La Encarnation is the impressive 300 year old church in the square opposite the house which, after the cathedral in Malaga, is one on the largest in Andalucia, taking almost 100 years to build

Historic Sites in and around Álora

The history of Álora revolves around the history of its castle (above) - first built by the Phoenicians, expanded by the Romans, destroyed by the Visigoths, finally re-built by the Moors and declared a Spanish National Monument in 1931....... (more)

But there are many other interesting things to see - on this page are a selection, I promise there are many more. You might also want to view this fascinating film I found on You Tube (click here). It's a short documentary about Álora filmed in 1964. Of course the town has changed since then, especially the shops, bars and restaurants - but actually, so much is still the same!

The museum Rafael Leria, opposite the house, is a good place to learn about the heritage of Alora. It is housed in the 16th century School of Christ, Mudejar also thought to be the chapel of the late Hospital of St. Sebastian, built by the Catholic Monarchs.

The story of the Ruins of Bobastro is fascinating as it is one of the most unusual archaeological sites not just in the province of Málaga but in all of Spain ........ (more)

In the Doña Trinidad Cave are preserved cave paintings from the Solutrean age and several neolithic burial sites

If you are interested in the history of this region then you simply must visit Malaga with its cathedral, fort, the birthplace of Picasso, the museum dedicated to him and so much more.

The Convent and Shrine of Our Lady of Flores  was built in the 16th century "its beauty enhanced by its location amid unforgettable natural scenery". Its most notable feature is the image of the Virgin of Flowers, a Patron Saint of Alora, which dates from the 17th century.

Cross Humilladero is a small building near the Convento de Flores which commemorates the symbolic handover of the keys by the last Arabic mayor of Álora to the Catholic Monarchs in 1484. There are many similar small "ermitas" scattered around the nearby countryside, including Ermita de Villaverde (pictured) and Ermita del Tres Cruces.

The municipal fountain was awarded to Alora in recognition of its status as the birthplace of Malagueño flamenco, which became very popular throughout Spain in the 18th century. The fountain is now being restored and re-sited on a roundabout at the entrance to the town.

Iglesia Calvario, a contemporary church (because the original was struck by lightening and burnt down!) Calvario Hermitage was built to house the image of Nuestro Señor del Huerto, seen here emerging during Semana Santa

 

 el torcal national park

Ronda, set astride the dramatic El Tajo gorge separating the medieval town from the buildings of the 18th century, is simply a place you must visit........(more)