Alhaurín de la Torre
Alhaurin de la Torre
Alhaurin de la Torre, entrance and exit to the Valle del Guadalhorce, is located on the north side of the Sierra de Mijas, 15 km. from Malaga.
It is noted for its green spaces, such as the Sierra Jabalcuza and the Sierra Jarapalos. These lands are divided into numerous, leafy gardens, planted with orange and lemon trees, which alternate on the slopes of the Sierra de Cártama with subtropical crops and ornamental flowers.
Walking through its streets you will find chapels, churches, centuries-old buildings, houses with their barred balconies decked with geraniums; all these deserve a stop on the way. In the City Park you can contemplate beautiful botanical specimens. This is the place for cultural activities, sports and recreational skating, tennis, swimming, pigeon and skeet shooting competitions, golf, and hiking in the mountains of Jabalcuza and Jarapalos …
The origins of Alhaurin de la Torre date back to the time when Gades exercised its hegemony over the entire Frentum Gaditanum (Strait of Gibraltar), more than three thousand years ago, when the Phoenicians began their journey and founded their first commercial factories, encouraging the mineral wealth of the southern peninsula.
It was called Lauro Vetus in Roman times, and then Laurona. According to Floro, fugitives from the battle of Munda took refuge in Lauro, and there supporters of Julius Caesar beheaded Cheo Pompeyo. You may also hear it referred to as Laruro Vetus. The primitive town was located below the current site.
In the time of the Arabs it was called Alhaurein. There are remains of Arabic walls in the locality, particularly in the garden of Alhaurin Torre.
Alhaurin de la Torre was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1485.
At La Alqueria, a town within the municipality, General Torrijos and his companions were arrested on December 5, 1831. Only days before they had landed on the beaches of Fuengirola, believing that town, and especially the garrison of Malaga, supported him in his speech against the absolutist regime of Ferdinand VII. After five days of resistance they surrendered, and were shot days later on the beaches of La Misericordia in Malaga city, later to be buried in the mausoleum that is the backbone of the Plaza de la Merced in the city.
During the eighteenth century work began on an aqueduct which was never completed. Today the remains of this unique project are a curious architectural achievement that has given shelter to a number of houses, grouped in so-called “Arcos de Zapata”.
In the late nineteenth century it was affected, as well as the rest of the province, by the phylloxera epidemic, which destroyed most of its vineyards.
Alhaurin de la Torre Monuments
Aqueduct of Arcos de Zapata
Shrine of San Francisco de Paula “El Alamillo”
Niche of Santo Cristo del Cardon
Torrealquería – Casa Refugio del General Torrijos
San Sebastian Parish Church
The cuisine of Alhaurin de la Torre is very broad and is characterized by its Mediterranean cuisine. Worth mention among the typical dishes are rice with chestnuts, cachorreñas, sopa hervida, gachas, sopa de caldo “poncima” de Maruja.
From any point on the coast you just have to take the old N-340 and turn onto the A-366 in the direction of Coin. If you come from the city of Málaga and the Costa del Sol East, the above turning is immediately after passing the airport. If you want to go to Alhaurín de la Torre from the Costa del Sol West, the exit is located just four kilometres from Torremolinos.
Málaga 21 km
Cártama 14 km
Marbella 57 km
Torremolinos 13 km