The town of Alfarnate is located in the centre of the small depression that bears its name. It is a shelter in the mountains located in the northwest corner of the Axarquia, at 925 metres. The hills of Puerto de los Alhazores (1,040 metres) and Puerto del Sol (1,100 metres) are the natural steps by which this area is connected to the outside.
Alfarnate is an example of the enormous diversity of the province of Malaga, for despite its considerable height above sea level (925 metres), the village is located in an area that could be considered a plain view of the topographical features of the environment. The land near the village is taken up by olive trees, almonds and chickpeas, amongst which jut rocks that still have small groves of oak that once covered the entire area. The Puerto de Alhazores, at an altitude of 1,040 metres, and the Puerto del Sol (1,100 metres) are the natural steps that enable communication between this area and its surroundings.
Alfarnate been inhabited since prehistoric times by the first settlers of the region, something which is proved by the remains found on the terraces of the Palancar and Morales streams. There were also remains found at the confluence of both these streams, located in Alfarnate, dating back to the Mousterian period.
At Puerto de los Alhazores, Neolithic flint workshops are documented, and also the first traces of stable settlements.
In April 1487, ther passed through Alfarnate from Villanueva del Trabuco, via the Puerto de los Alhazores, a corps consisting of 12,000 men on horseback and 50,000 on foot, under orders of D. Fernando, for the conquest of Vélez. Having conquered the region, they first refer to the parish in 1505 and 1510, as the town of Las ALFARNATE. Both towns historically run together until the seventeenth century at which point we see the division of the current nomenclature. There is anecdotal evidence of bad relations between the two populations until recent decades.
After the War of Independence and the development of the nineteenth century, the town of Alfarnate came to be a stop on the way to the coast, and a refuge for bandits.
Shrine of la Virgen de Monsalud
Church of Santa Ana
La Venta de Alfarnate
Cerro Santo Cristo
The cuisine of Alfarnate includes highlights such as pots or stews, migas and morretes mushrooms. The sweets include roscos carreros and hornazos. Another traditional dish is the dish known as “huevos a lo bestia” consisting of a plate of migas, fried eggs, fried peppers, chorizo, steak in butter, and radish.
The town of Alfarnate can be accessed from the autovía del Mediterráneo at the Vélez-Málaga turning. At this point, take the A-335 to El Cruce, take the A-6118 through Periana, and from there to Alfarnate via the MA-156.
It can also be accessed from Malaga on the N-331. After passing Casabermeja you have to take the road to Colmenar on the A-356. After about 10 km, it connects to the A-6118, which in turn connects with the A-6100 and MA-155, which will take you to Alfarnate.
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Málaga 51 km
Granada 82 km
Marbella 119 km
Alfarnatejo 3,5 km