Alozaina township is located between the Guadalhorce valley region, to which it belongs, and the Serrania de Ronda , 52 km from Málaga and 41km from the city of Ronda . The village is 386 metres above sea level, the average annual rainfall in the area is 700 l / m 2 and the average temperature is 17 º C.
Alozaina territory extends from Sierra Prieta in the north to the Rio Grande Valley, in the south, thereby linking the eastern foothills of the Serrania de Ronda in the Guadalhorce valley, two well differentiated areas that give these lands a remarkable diversity of landscapes.
Here you will find typical Andalusian architecture with beautiful streets of whitewashed houses decorated with flowers and a parish church which oversees the urban environment. Alozaina was declared the prettiest village in Spain in 1977. Alozaina and the hamlets in the Jorox Valley, have been producing splendid artisan craft work since ancient times, some of which can be seen in the town offices, and the old forge.
The presence of man in this land goes back to the Neolithic period, judging by the traces left in the caves of Tajo de Jorox. But it is in the Roman period when the first traces of urban settlements and families can be found in the area of Ardite.
The origins of the current population are to be found in the period of Arab rule, a period in which the castle was built of which some ruins still remain. During this era the village was named Alhosaina , which means “small castle”. Within the Arab era, Alozaina exceeded the limits of the ancient Roman fortress, creating an urban area around it and some suburbs. After being conquered in 1484 by Christians, Alozaina settlement expanded around the castle. One of the stranger historical events took place during the rebellion of the Moors in 1570, when women captained by Maria Sagredo, faced a surprise raid by the rebel troops of Zebalí.
The cuisine of Alozaina features leeks fried with eggs, rabbit with garlic, gazpachuelo (fish, bread served with a mayonnaise sauce) …, and don’t forget to try the famous marinated olives.
Malaga 52 km
Granada 178 km
Tolox 10.7 km
Casarabonela 10.7 km
WALK THROUGH THE OLD QUARTERS
There can be no doubt that a visit to Alozaina must include time to walk through its streets; streets that display the typical architecture of the mountain villages of our district. The town layout is typically Muslim, especially in the old quarters. The streets are steep, labyrinthine and narrow, with dazzling white facades and hidden corners displaying bright, colourful flowers. The inhabitants, know as “Pecheros”, are aware of this and history, which classified this town as “a good healthy place”, made Alozaina a special setting where one can enjoy a pleasant rest overlooking the valley.
A picturesque corner of Alozaina that deserves being highlighted is the “porticate”: this is a private house, the façade of which has been decorated with a number of plants and flowers forming a sort of passage. This contributed to Alozaina winning the 1976 “Provincial Embellishment Award”
Located opposite a large stately house, we shall find the Cultural Centre and a balustrade that invites walkers to stop for a few minutes to enjoy some magnificent views of the Prieta Mountains. We shall continue along Granadillo Street, a singular street with steps.
The old olive-oil provides another street, where it used to be located, with its nane, Mill Street. Today, the mill is in Tolox Street.
Albar fountain and old public washing area. The close Albar provided water to Alozaina from Arab times through simple hydraulic infrastructures that run paralle to the old road of the Castejón. The eater falls from the slopes of Sierra Prieta of first supply the reservoir Mozarabia in the Hoyo of Peñones, dated between the IX and X, and then to he medieval village. The whole highlights the popular architecture pillar and the neighbouring aquecduct which crosses The Pasadilla streams.
Laundry was built in 1949 to facilitate the daily work of residents of the village until then washed in the bedding of the nearby streams.
Fuente Grande (Fountain)
Birth of the Jorox River