Alhaurin de la Torre

Finca La Moraga en Alhaurín de la Torre

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Alhaurin de la Torre is a prehistoric dated town in the Malaga province of Andalusia, Southern Spain, snugly nestled at the entrance to the Guadalhorce valley on the slopes of the Sierra de Mijas mountains, only 10,6 km from Malaga Airport and 17 km from Málaga capital city. Citrus fruit, avocado and olive groves pleasure the senses, the colours and aromas play testament to its agrarian history. The ancient contributions of the Phoenicians, the Moors and the Christian settlements are blended with the need to supply a modern infrastructure for its rapidly expanding commercial and tourist sectors. Travelling through the Moorish influence of the white washed streets of Barrio Viejo to your hotel or a more modern villa will be a walk through time that you will profoundly remember.

El Retiro gardens will definitely etch a fond memory. They were founded in the 17th Century by the bishop of Malaga who originally used this as a retirement home (hence the name). The gardens are well-known for their flora and fauna and are divided into different areas, each with their own natural habitats, recreated indigenously for the creatures that live in them. The manor house has been restored to reflect the historic period which the bishop lived through.

The 27-hole par 72 Golf and Country Club is set upon a very beautiful area. Fourteen lakes, new and ancient trees, wild game, birds of prey enjoy the perfect habitat that accompanies the golfer or any other visitor. The clubhouse is an ancient Andalusian building with an excellent restaurant, a swimming pool and a paddle-tennis court.

For a more relaxed ambiance, the Costa del Sol has the closest beaches to Alhaurin de la Torre, only half an hour’s drive away, boasting a lovely, warm annual temperature of 17°C. Also ideal for hiking or rambling around the local mountains.

Alhaurin del la Torre is also the perfect place to sample some of the finest andalusian delicacies with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. The village also provides all the essentials you need. Although, if this is not enough, Marbella is famous for its ‘Golden Mile’ and will surely satisfy even the pickiest shopper.

Before booking, do a little research on what local ‘ferias’ are being held at the time. These festivals are celebrated at different times of the year and really are the heart and soul of the local culture. An experience well worth the while.

I hope you enjoy your visit to this area of Malaga, as you see there are many places to visit.

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