Algarrobo, a town in the province of Malaga, is located to the southeast of Malaga iyself, at a distamce of 37.5 km The nearest town is the Caleta de Vélez. To the north it borders the municipalities of Sayalonga and Arenas, whilst to the south lies the Mediterranean Sea. East are the municipalities of Sayalonga, and Vélez-Málaga is to the west. Its height above sea level is 86 m., and it has a surface area of 9 ‘7Km2.
Algarrobo is a town with a coastal landscape, the village being inland, three km from the beach. Like many municipalities whose borders reach the sea, it has turned to coastal tourism, which can be seen in the existence of numerous developments in Algarrobo-Costa. Its foundation goes back to the period of Arab rule, but the expulsion of the Moors left the town virtually abandoned, and it was repopulated later.
Strolling through the steep and winding streets, your attention will be drawn to the niches in some facades to venerate the saints, am ancient tradition that still exists in this county. Admire the monuments, the remains of its ancient past, such as the Phoenician necropolis of Trayamar. The folklore of Algarrobo includes “los verdiales”, now danced at parties at country houses after treading the grapes of the family wineries.
Algarrobo is famous for its sweeta auch as tortas and roscos de aceite, that have been handcrafted since 1953. In regard to food, as in other villages in the Axarquia, there is the chivo en salsa, which can be tasted in restaurants in the area.
Algarrobo origins in all probability go back to the Paleolithic era, although the first documented prehistoric settlement is from the Copper Age. The Phoenician necropolis Trayamar, and the remains found in the Morro de Mezquitilla, have been catalogued by the German professors Schubart and Niemeyer, as among the most important Phoenician remains existing in the West.
The entry of the Arabs into the Iberian Peninsula saw Berbers from Algeria founding the town of Algarrobo further inland, where they introduced crops like almonds and raisins, and small industries making silk. In 1487, when the Christian troops took the town of Velez-Malaga, Algarrobo passed to the crown.
Church of Santa Ana
Shrine of San Sebastian
Shrine of la Virgen de las Angustias
Parish church of Fátima
Necrópolis of Trayamar – Tumbas Fenicias
Morro de Mezquitilla
Shrine of la Divina Pastora and San José
Gastronomy of Algarrobo
The local gastronomy includes choto en salsa (sucking calf in sauce), potaje algarrobeño (the local stew), potaje de hinojos (fennel stew) and ajoblanco (a type of cold garlic soup), among other dishes. Also poputal both in the town itself and in the coastal zone are the espetos (grilled sardine skewers) fish and shellfish from the area. The popular tortas de aceite (olive oil cakes) of Algarrobo and other produrcts of the land such as figs, almonds and raisings, together with sweet wine made using traditional methods, complete the range of delicacies the town offers. There are various stablishments which sell the local must, cakes, nuts and dried fruit products.
Sun and Wine Route in Algarrobo
This route combines the best of the coast and the interior, offering both the fast-paced ambience of tourist zones and rural tranquility. Its proximity to the coast is the defining feature of the Sun and Wine Route, offering a duality which is reflected in all the expressions of the local culture. Following the coast up to the border with the province of Granada in the easternmost part of La Axarquia are the municipalities of Algarrobo, Sayalonga, Cómpeta, Canillas de Albaida, Torrox, Nerja and Frigiliana.
Despite the passage of time and technological advances, the art of winemaking in this region continues to follow traditional methods. After drying the grapes in raisin beds the grapes are pressed and the must produced is stored in barrels. The production of wine, although characteristic of the entire Axarqua Region and particularly in the case of this route, is of special importance in the town of Cómpeta. Not surprisingly this town is the venue for the famous Wine Night held in honour of these natural products. Another key product on this route is the medlar. Each year Sayalonga dedicates a festival to this highly prized product which is served in various manners.
In Nerja, the famous caves known as the “Cathedral of the Paleolithic Age” offer a unique spectacle worthy of special mention. Another outstanding attraction near these caves is offered by the striking natural landsapes of the Paraje Natural de los Acantilados de Maro (Maro Clifs Nature Area).
Canillas de Albaida is at the foot of the Sierra Tejada y Almijara Natural Park and is a place suitable for the practice of leisure activities, spare time while enjoying its excellent views.
Mills such as in Frigiliana which produce sugar cane honey, unique cemeteries, restaurants and bars with espetos (grilled sardine skewers). Roman ruins and paths in imposing mountain ranges all make up this varied route which offers an ample representation of all that La Axarquia has to offer.
Distances from Algarrobo
Málaga 41 km
Marbella 102 km
Nerja 19 km
Granada 122 km
Santa Ana Church
San Sebastián Chapel
Virgen de las Angustias Chapel
San Sebastián Gardens