Partial view of the
The municipality of Valle de
Abdalajís is on the southern border of the Antequera region, surrounded by
this municipality in the Guadalhorce Valley. The mountains are the principal
feature of the place, accounting for the name of the range: the Sierra del
Valle de Abdalajís, a beautiful backdrop to the white houses of the urban
area. The landscape at the other end of the municipality is low and hilly,
covered in olive groves and cereal plantations. The Arroyo de las Piedras
stream passes between the hills and the mountains, irrigating vegetable
plots in the Guadalhorce Valley. The municiality’s geographical position
in the middle of the Penibética mountain range has made it an obligatory
passageway from the Guadalhorce Valley to the Antequera Plain, and this
explains the presence of numerous archaeological sites in the area. Axes,
flintstone pieces and ceramic fragments have been found here, showing
origins going back to pre-historic times. The Iberians were here, and they
came into later contact with the Phoenicians, as we know from remains of
Greek ceramic objects in the Nacimiento and Cerro del Castillo areas, dating
from the 5th century B.C. Finds made at the site of Cerro Pelao, along with
other fortuitous discoveries made in the area, show that the Romans lived
here too. A Roman villa in an excellent state of preservation was found in
1981, evidence of the existence here of the Roman city of Neskania.
Abdalajís was destroyed by the Vandals in the middle of the 4th century,
and all this region remained de-populated for a number of centuries until
the arrival of the Moors, who built a fortress in the area, which has long
since disappeared. The present name of the town comes from its founder,
Abd-el-Aziz, son of Muza, although the town we know of today dates from the
16th century, when Felipe II ceded the land to D. Alfonso Pérez.
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The upper part of the town is the oldest, and here evidence of the
Moorish presence is strongest. One of the first buildings in the
town was the Posada, on calle Real, and it still stands to this
day, although restored. Close by one can see the ancestral homes
of the 16th century, an example being the Palace of the Conde de
los Corbos. Another interesting building is the Church of San
Lorenzo, finished in 1559 and restored in the 18th century. The
Hermitage of Cristo de la Sierra is an important building too,
inside of which we find the Cristo de la Sierra (Christ of the
Mountains), and from where we can see wonderful views over the
town. We can reach the Gangarro from here, a very high point with
more magnificent views. One of the most important religious
buildings in the town is the Convent of Madre Petra, on the street
of the same name. This is occupied in our time by a residence for
the old, the Residencias de Ancianos Madre Petra. The old part of
the convent, founded by Mother Petra de San José, has been
perfectly well preserved.
The area surrounding Abdalajís is rich in archaeological remains,
with many sites where various objects have been discovered. Axes,
flint pieces and ceramic fragments have been found here, showing
origins going back to pre-historic times. The Iberians were here,
and they came into later contact with the Phoenicians, as we know
from remains of Greek ceramic objects in the Nacimiento and Cerro
del Castillo areas, dating from the 5th century B.C. Finds made at
the site of Cerro Pelao, along with other fortuitous discoveries
made in the area, show that the Romans lived here too, and the
Cerro Pelao site is also related to the Towers of Hannibal, as a
strategic point of control and communication. The Dama Oferente
del Valle de Abdalajís is dated from the 2nd and 3rd centuries
B.C., constituting a fine example of pre-Roman Iberian art. This
was a votive offering that represents a female figure with mitre
and veil in a supplicating position, made in bronze and about
eight centimetres high. Other similar statues of people and
animals have also appeared around this site.
Restaurante Los Atanores. Ctra. Antequera - Valle de
Abdalajis.Tel: 952 488 068. Specialising
in porras, fried breadcrumbs and gazpacho.
Venta Gazpacho. Crta Antequera
- Valle de Abdalajis. Tel: 952 488 185. Specialising
in kid and scrambled egg with asparagus.
Bar Pikiki. Avda Blas Infante
nş 1.Tel: 952 489 177. Specialising in tapas.
Restaurante Refugio de Alamut. Crta.
Antequera - Valle de Abdalajís. Tel: 952 489 400.
El Refugio de Alamut. Crta. Antequera - Valle de
Abdalajís. 16 plazas, bar, restaurant and swimming pool. Tel: 952
Hostal Avenida(**). Avda. Blas
Infante s/n. Tel: 952 489 379 / 952 489 177 Fax: 952 489 379. 9
double rooms and one individual.
Hostal Vista a la Sierra (**).
C/Viento, s/n. Tel: 952 488 052.
Casa rural La Teja. Tel: 952
489 242/ 667 621 632. Maximum 12 people.
Accommodation in the province of Malaga
Trekking, pot-holing and environment in the Ronda Mountains area.
The web page of the Association for the Conservation and
Promotional Work of the historical heritage of Ronda "Izna
Tales, curiosities and images of Ronda and the Ronda Mountain
considered to be the capital of hang-gliding
The festival in honour of the town’s
patron saint, San Lorenzo, takes place from August 9th to 12th. One of the
most traditional religious festivals in Abdalajís is the annual Romería
in honour of the Cristo de la Sierra, in which the image is taken from
Malaga to the town. This event takes place during the first week in May,
lasting three days due to the distance the holy image has to be brought
from. The other great religious festival here is Holy Week, characterised
by the cult of the Virgen de los Dolores and Nuestro Padre Jesús
In the area of craftwork, the town is well known for
its work in palm and esparto grass, using these materials to make what are
known as candongas and capachas, for carrying bread. Local craftspeople,
known as picapedreros, also make beautiful items from carved stones, a
craft unique in the province of Malaga.
The most typical dishes of the area include porra, fried breadcrumbs, kid
and pepper. There is also a wide variety of soups made here, including hot
gazpacho, gaches and olla. For dessert, apples are frequently used, and
the people of the place like also to make pastries.
OPEN AIR SPORTS
The Valley of Abdalajis is
ideal for the sport of hang-gliding, to such an extent that the area is
known as the capital of this sport. With excellent weather all the year
around and ideal geographical conditions for flying, many people come here
to practice this and other sports associated with free-flight. Trekking,
cycling and climbing are also popular sports here too, with more than 75
climbing routes in the Sierra de Abdalajís, varying in difficulty from
III to 6b+. With three trekking routes and three mountain-bike lanes, the
Valle de Abdalajis is one of the most ideal places for sportspeople to
spend a holiday.