Alora

Facts

Inhabitants 13395
Level above sea 222 meters
Nearest airport Malaga
Distance to airport 30 km
Distance to beach 35 km
Max. temperature 35 C
Min. temperature 5 C

Alora is a typical whitewashed village nestled in a majestic landscape surrounded by three rocky spurs, and overlooked by the impressive rock face of mount Hacho on the right bank of the Guadalhorce river.

Alora is located some 40 kilometres to the north of the city of Málaga, a 45 minute drive. It is on the Córdoba-Málaga high-speed train line, and has a local train service to the centre of Málaga.

Alora is ideally located for people wishing to live in rural Spain, without being too far from the the coast and life on the Costa del Sol. It's beautiful scenery, views and year round temperate climate are just some of the factors that make many people choose a holiday or permanent home here.

History

Atop of one of Alora's rocky spurs is the castle of Alora; this monument has stood there since the Phoenician occupied the region. The castle was then redeveloped and extended by the Romans, until its almost complete destruction by the hands of the Visigoths who became the dominant power on the Iberian Peninsula.

The castle was rebuilt once again by the Moors and remnants of this time are still intact, most notably the decorative steel door and traditional Arabic balcony.

Natural surroundings

The surrounding landscape is perfect for trekking, with a new and inspiring view from each pinnacle you reach; in particular the view of the Guadalhorce river basin is stunning.

The area's first industry is agriculture, most notably tropical fruits, olives and vineyards.

Festival

Alora is home to a popular flamenco festival, which takes place annually in June. Another traditional event is the Romeria de la Virgen de las Flores in September, which offers a fantastic glimpse into traditional Spanish culture.