Basic datata
Size: 103 Km²
Population: 13.262
Residents known as: Aloreños or Perotes
Monuments: Castle, Church of the Incarnation, Flores Convent, Veracruz Chapel.
Geographical situation: In the Guadalhorce Valley 40 kilometres from Malaga
and 78 from Ronda. 
Tourist information: Town Hall, Plaza Fuente Arriba, 15. 29500.
952 496 100 Fax: 952 497 000
Internet site: www.ayto-alora.org

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Partial view of Álora

Álora sits right in the heart of the Guadalhorce Valley, its urban centre and old Moorish castle perched on top of a hill making for one of the most spectacular entrances to any town in Andalucía. The area itself is sometimes known as the Valle del Sol, due to the sunny weather it enjoys for most of the year. The best-known nature parks in the area are El Chorro and the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (the Gorge of the Bagpipers). The famous Caminito del Rey, a narrow and dangerous pathway that was built across the massive rock formation here. The historians tell us that the name is Latin in origin, and there is a stone in the parish church with the inscription "municipium iluritanun", dated 79 B.C. We can thus deduce that this is the municipality of lluro, from where the present name most certainly derives. The name of the main street is so good they named it twice: Cervantes y Veracruz, and a stroll through the streets of Alora could well start in this main street. After crossing a small park the visitor then comes to the town centre, the Plaza Fuente Arriba (fountain at the top) a square which owes its name to its situation at the top end of the town, where the Town Hall is also to be found. The old part of town starts here, and a tour could continue along Calle de Parra which is lined with the older, but well kept houses of Alora. A little further up is the monument to the "faenera", a name given to the women who used to pack the crops of lemons, oranges, plums and almonds, and the oil. From here, a slope leads down to the Encarnación church, the third biggest in the province. Alora has been populated since pre-historic times, to judge by the cave paintings found in the Cueva de Doña Trinidad in the Hoyo del Conde area about a kilometre outside the town. Later on, the phoenicians built the castle, which was fortified by the Romans. The town came under the domination of the Crown of Castille in 1484, when it was conquered by Ferdinand and Isabella, and a rebellion during the reign of Felipe II, on the part of the Moriscos, ended with the sale as prisoners of many of the rebels. The money raised by these means went to build the foundations of the Veracruz church. In the 17th century, Alora gained its independence as a municipality from the city of Malaga.

Places to be visited
All that remains for us to see of this complex is the castle-cemetery. The
main chapel has a Gothic vault, known as The Towers in days gone by. The rest of the building has long since fallen down and became a cemetery for the people of the town.
Church of the Incarnation
This is the third largest church in the province. Its interior is divided
into three naves separated by thick stone columns with wooden arches on top. The style is 17th century mannerist.
Flores Convent
The Convento de Flores is a religious building dating from the 16th century,
with a single nave structured in timber. The chapel is Baroque in style.
Hermitage of Santa Brígida
Situated beside the railway station, this building dates from the 16th
century, when the fresco inside was done.
Chapel of La Veracruz
The Capilla del Cristo de la Veracruz is a small 16th century construction,
irregular in floor plan and with notable restructuring carried out over the centuries, leaving us without any real idea of what the original was actually like.
The Humilladero Cross
This is, in fact, not a cross but a building, situated near the Flores
Convent, that commemorates the symbolic handing over of the keys of Álora by the last Moorish mayor to the Christian commander in 1484.
Where to eat

Consult the comprehensive list of places to eat and drink in Álora.
Where to sleep
Hostal Durán. This historic building is situated in one of the most central streets in the town. Category: 2 stars. Management: C/ La Parra, nº 9 . Tel: 952 496 642. Number of beds: 24 --- 4 singles // 10 doubles. Services: Central heating in every room, television rooms with fireplaces, cafeteria, bar, restaurant and garage.
Pensión Aguilar. Situated on the outskirts of the town, close to the Guardia
Civil station beside the road to El Chorro. Category: 1 star. Management: C/ Alegría, 6 ­ Barriada Poco agua. Tel: 952 496 009
Pensión Estación El Chorro. Lodging beside the Estación de El Chorro, an
area of tourist interest in the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Nature Park. Category: 1 star. Management: El Chorro. Tel: 952 495 004 .Number of beds: 4.
Aparthotel La Garganta. This consists of a number of apartments within the
old Flour Factory of Harinas Santa Mariana, beside the Estación de El Chorro. Category: 1 key and 3 keys (recently constructed rooms) Management: El Chorro Tel: 952 495119, 952 495298. Number of beds: 76. 1 key: 5 doubles // 10 four-bed rooms, 3 keys: 13 doubles. The apartments are situated on the banks of the reservoir, an attractive area of tourist interest in the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Nature Park.
Finca Rocabella. Although known as an aparthotel, this is, in fact, a group
of ten rural houses in the Las Angosturas area (400 metres above sea level ) about three kilometres up from the Estación de El Chorro. Category: 3 keys. Management: Las Angosturas ­ El Chorro. Tel: 616 426 939. Number of beds: 40 with four people to each house.
Camping El Chorro. Camping situated among the pines in the Desfiladero de
los Gaitanes Nature Park, beside the Estación de El Chorro. Category: 3rd. Management: El Chorro Tel: 952 112 696
La Posada del Romerón. A hotel in a restored 17th and 18th century
Andalusian farmhouse in the countryside. It has six double rooms with bathroom, and extra beds can be installed. There is a dining room for guests only, garden, terraces, swimming pool, walkways and sporting activities in the area. Apdo. de correos, 61. Arroyo de Bugía, 75 Km 4. Álora. Tel/fax. 952 498 916. Internet
Finca La Campana. Situated in the El Chorro Gorge area. Chalets, refuges,
double rooms and/or apartments can be rented at prices that range from nine euros per person per night. All the beds have sheets and blankets. Tel: 626 963 942 Fax: 952 112 019. Internet
Rural Accommodation in the province of Malaga (in Spanish)

http://club.telepolis.com/dijemapo/. A site that shows all the most important monuments of the municipality, along with relevant historical commentary.

A view of Álora showing the architectural style of the town

The festival of the Virgin de las Flores takes place in Álora on September
8th. The festivals in honour of San Paulino are in June, and in July we have the Festival of Cante Flamenco (flamenco singing). The most important festival in the town, however, is the "Despedía" (Leave-taking) of Good Friday, in which hundreds of people congregate to see the thrones of Christ and the Virgen carried aloft to the Castle.

Álora has an excellent reputation for traditional cuisine based on local
produce from the surrounding countryside. Among the most typical dishes are the soups, one of the favourites of the farm workers in the area that are usually accompanied by fruits in season, such as grapes, pears and oranges, and cucumber, olives and raw onion. On rainy days hot food is eaten, like fried bread crumbs or gachas (flour-based garlic mix). In summer there is the fried peppers, the delicious varieties of gazpachos, the various fish dishes and the asparagus omelettes. There is a wide variety of pork products too, used in all the different varieties. For dessert, one can have the various home-made preserves, the doughnuts and pastries and the unique horchata (a nut-based drink) made from hazelnut ice-cream. But for breakfast there is nothing better than a cup of Hacho manzanilla (herb tea) with a squirt of lemon.

The municipality of Álora covers a wide area. To the north is the Arco Calizo Central (The Antequerana Mountain range) offering spectacular landscape to be enjoyed in the Sierra de Huma, at 1,191 metres high, and the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, (an area whose administration is shared by Ardales). To the west is the Sierra de Aguas (949 metres high) that leads on towards the Serranía de Ronda, with its pine forests stretching from the Guadalhorce river to the road that links Álora with Carratraca. On the eastern side of the Guadalhorce, the landscape flattens out somewhat, with small hills cultivated with cereal, some olive plantations and old oaks. This region makes a natural corridor that crosses the province from Periana to Álora, separated by the Antequerana Mountain range from the Mountains of Malaga. These mountains pass by Álora to the west, leaving a landscape of hills, olive and almond groves and scrubland. One of the most charming features of Álora and neighbouring areas is the large quantity of small fruit and vegetable patches, covering the land in coloured blankets of
green, with the typical farmhouses attached.