Álora Malaga
Discover Álora in Malaga

The Village of Álora

Álora Malaga
** Álora Malaga

Álora is a charming white village located in the province of Malaga, in Andalucia. It's situated in the northern foothills of the Sierra de las Nieves mountains and is surrounded by stunning countryside. The town has a rich history, with evidence of human settlement dating back to prehistoric times... it has been inhabited by the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, and Christians throughout the centuries.

Today, Álora is a popular destination for tourists who are drawn to its picturesque streets, traditional white houses, and its impressive castle perched on a hilltop overlooking the town. Álora is also known for its delicious local cuisine and its proximity to THREE other popular tourist destinations, the city of Malaga, the Costa del Sol, and especially the world-famous Caminito del Rey...

Is Álora Worth Visiting?

Yes! Álora is definitely worth visiting because of its stunning natural surroundings, rich cultural heritage, and charming traditional architecture. The town is home to the impressive Álora Castle, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, and the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, a beautiful example of Andalusian baroque architecture.

In addition to its historical and cultural attractions, Álora is surrounded by natural beauty, with hiking trails and outdoor activities available in the nearby El Chorro Nature Park. Overall, Álora can offer you a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Álora Malaga ➜ The TOP 15 Things to See & Do!

If you're planning on visiting this special place, make sure to see all of the top sites below. Most are within Álora's old town but four are on the outskirts of town and require a car to reach them. (cheap car rentals)


Visit the Álora Castle

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** Castillo de Álora - Álora Malaga

The Álora Castle is a historic fortress located on a hilltop with spectacular views of the surrounding farmland and town below. The castle dates to the Roman period, although it was largely reconstructed during Moorish times, in the 11th and 12th centuries. It was later captured by the Catholic Monarchs in the late 15th century during the Reconquista, and served as a cemetery before falling into disrepair.

Today, the Álora Castle is a popular tourist attraction and it's free to enter. You can explore the castle's well-preserved walls and towers, as well as the Iglesia del Cerro de las Torres and the horseshoe arch which is unique in western Andalucia.

The Álora castle is often illuminated at night giving it a magical and enchanting feel and creating mesmerizing views for all who visit the town.

Iglesia del Cerro de las Torres

In the 15th century, the Iglesia del Cerro de las Torres was built in the Gothic style within the walls of the Álora Castle, now, only the main altar and belfry remain. It is thought that this site could have been the site of the original Mosque.

The church houses iconic religious images that the people from Álora celebrate at Easter time.

Álora Castle - Iglesia del Cerro de las Torres Álora Castle - Iglesia del Cerro de las Torres
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** Iglesia and Horseshoe Arch - Álora Malaga


Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación

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** Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Interior - Álora Malaga

The Parish Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación is one of the most important religious sites in Álora and it's known for its striking appearance, with a simple but elegant belfry. It is the third largest church in the Diocese of Malaga... after the Malaga Cathedral.

The church was built in the 17th century by the architect Pedro Diaz de Palacio on the site of a former mosque, after the town was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs. The construction lasted almost 100 years, between 1600 and 1699. This impressive temple has a Basilica floor plan with three naves which are separated by barrel vaults and supported by large columns. The church's most notable feature is its bell tower, which is over 30 meters tall.

Located in the heart of Álora, in the Plaza Baja de la Despedía, The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación plays an important role in the religious and cultural life of the town. It is particularly busy during the annual Holy Week celebrations, when the church is decorated with flowers and candles and hosts a number of religious processions and events.

Álora's Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación:

Monday: 9:00 until 16:30 (daily)
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 until 19:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 until 19:00 pm

* Price is 2.00 euros. Children are free. Includes entry to the Municipal Museum "Rafael Leria".

Álora - Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Álora - Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación
** Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación - Álora Malaga


Convento de la Virgen de las Flores

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** Convento de la Virgen de las Flores - Álora Malaga

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Flores, located 2 km outside of Álora, is a remarkable example of Baroque architecture. Initially built in the sixteenth century, this impressive structure was later expanded in the eighteenth century. It features a single nave and houses a baroque-style chapel that contains the image of the Virgin of Flores, the patron saint of Álora.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Flores is considered one of the key works of Baroque art in the region, and its impressive construction and beautiful surroundings, only add to its grandeur. Explore the Sanctuary and learn more about the rich history and cultural significance of this remarkable religious site.

Álora's Sanctuary of Our Lady of Flores:

Winter: 10:00 am to 18:00 (daily)
Summer 10:00 am to 21:00 (daily)

* Access is free.


Municipal Museum "Rafael Leria"

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** Municipal Museum 'Rafael Leria' - Álora Malaga

The Municipal Museum "Rafael Leria" is a fascinating museum located in the historic old town of Álora. It is housed within the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación and is dedicated to showcasing the rich cultural heritage and history of the region. The museum is named after Rafael Leria, a local historian and collector who donated his personal collection of artifacts to the town.

The museum contains a wide range of exhibits, including archaeological finds from the prehistoric era, Roman ruins, and Moorish artifacts. You will also find displays of traditional crafts and trades of the region, such as olive oil production and pottery as well as one of the museums highlights, its impressive collection of coins and paper bills from around the world. You can explore the evolution of currency over time and discover unique and valuable pieces from different cultures and historical periods.

Álora Municipal Museum:

Monday: 9:00 until 16:30 (daily)
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 until 19:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 until 19:00 pm

* Price is 2.00 euros. Children are free. Includes entry to the Iglesia de la Encarnación.

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** Municipal Museum 'Rafael Leria' - Álora Malaga


Find the Tributes to Álora's Singers & Dancers

Here are two monuments you should not miss when visiting Álora, both honor important figures in the town's history:

  • Monument Antonio Rodriguez Franco: This monument pays tribute to the troubadour of Álora, Antonio Rodriguez Franco, also known as "El Piyaya." The sculpture was created by Alberto Fernandez and was inaugurated on March 20, 2011. It's located in the Plaza Baja de la Despedía surrounded by orange trees.

  • Monument to the Malagueña Singer: This monument is dedicated to the flamenco palo that was born in the municipality of Álora. It is a bronze sculpture that depicts a guitar being embraced by a shawl, and engraved with the names of renowned flamenco singers.


Visit the Chapel of Veracruz

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** Church of la Veracruz - Álora Malaga

Álora's Church of la Veracruz is a fascinating landmark that reflects the town's rich history. It was built in the sixteenth century to commemorate the Christian victory over the Moors. Its striking facade is divided into three sections, reflecting the architectural style of the time, and it is crowned by a bell tower dating to the 18th century... which adds a distinctive touch to the small chapel.

Over the years, the church has undergone several restorations which have modified its original structure, but its historical significance has remained intact.

Access to the church is free, and you are welcome to explore the interior and admire the beautiful images of Nuestra Señora de la Piedad and Santa Cruz, which are venerated by the Álora community.


Enjoy the Views from the Mirador de Cervantes

Mirador de Cervantes Views in Álora Malaga
** Views from the Mirador de Cervantes - Álora Malaga

Take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Álora countryside from the Mirador de Cervantes. From this viewpoint, it's easy to appreciate the natural beauty and rich agriculture heritage of the region. Vast expanses of orange and lemon groves stretch out into the distance, with small farms and villages scattered throughout the landscape. The Álora valley is lush and green, with rolling hills and winding roads leading through the countryside. In the distance, the majestic Sierra de las Nieves mountains provide a dramatic backdrop, rising up against the clear blue sky.


Take a Stroll through the Old Town

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** Old Town Streets - Álora Malaga

Strolling through the winding streets of Álora is a reminder of the timeless beauty of Spain's ancient villages. Its whitewashed houses gleam under the bright Spanish sun, while vibrant colors burst from cheerful pots that adorn every doorstep.

Towering above the town, the ancient castle stands sentinel, a warm golden hue in the afternoon light and around every corner you will catch glimpses of rolling hills and olive groves, with shades of emerald, ochre, and rust blending into a harmonious tapestry of nature.

As you approach the cathedral, you can't help but admire the intricate details of the façade, warm shades divulge its age, a testament to the area's rich history and culture.

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** More Old Town Streets - Álora Malaga


The Bachiller Mill & Arab Cistern with Castle Views

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** The Bachiller Mill & Arab Cistern with Castle Views - Álora Malaga

The Álora Aljibe (ancient water cistern) is a fascinating exhibit located within the towns old mill, known as the 'Posada de Subires'. The mill was originally named after its first owner, Bachiller Gonzalo Perez, and was constructed back in the 16th century as an oil mill. After operating for centuries, the mill eventually ceased operations at the start of the 20th century.

In 1998, the mill was acquired by the municipality of Álora and adapted for tourist visits. Today, a new modern lookout point, known as the 'Mirador de Pepe Rosas', has been built around the mill, offering breathtaking views of the Álora Castle in the distance. Although it's a bit challenging to locate, being hidden within the winding streets of the old town, it's certainly worth the effort and a great spot for taking photos. location here


Have a Snack in the Plaza de Fuente Arriba

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** Plaza de Fuente Arriba - Álora Malaga

Enjoy the charming Plaza de Fuente Arriba in the historic center of Álora, it's a lovely place to visit and soak up the charm of the village. You will also find the town hall and tourist office here if you need any additional information.

The square is surrounded by traditional Andalusian whitewashed buildings and is a popular spot for locals and tourists to sit and relax. There are several restaurants and cafes around the square where you can enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the lively atmosphere.


Walk the Caminito del Rey

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** The Caminito del Rey Near Álora Malaga

If you are in the area, you absolutely must hike the Caminito del Rey! This exhilarating trail will take you on a thrilling journey through stunning gorges, over dizzying bridges, and up breathtaking cliffs, offering some of the most awe-inspiring views in all of Spain.

As you traverse the narrow, cliff-hanging paths and witness the stunning landscapes around you, you'll feel your heart pounding with excitement and your spirit soaring with adventure. So grab your hiking boots, strap on your backpack, and get ready for an unforgettable experience that will leave you breathless... in the best possible way!

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Visit the Bobastro Ruins

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** The Bobastro Ruins Near Álora Malaga

Visit the Bobastro Ruins and immerse yourself in a fascinating piece of Andalusian history. These ancient ruins are the site of a long-forgotten rebel stronghold, where the rebellious Omar ibn Hafsún challenged the might of the Caliphate in the 9th century.

Just outside of the former fortress you will find the ruins of a Mozarabic cave church, which is the most important 9th century cave complex in Malaga. The presence of a hidden Christian church reveals Hafsún's conversion to Christianity... which led to his loss of support and ultimately his defeat.

Today, the ruins offer a glimpse into the past, with intricate carvings and arched gateways evoking a sense of wonder and awe. As you explore the site, you'll be transported back in time to a world of intrigue and conflict, and gain a deeper understanding of the history of the region. location here

The Bobastro Ruins Near Álora:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 until 15:00
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 until 15:00


Enjoy the Ardales National Park

Álora Malaga - Ardales National Park
** The Ardales National Park Near Álora Malaga

If you enjoy nature and being outdoors, then visit the Ardales National Park to discover one of the most beautiful and diverse natural landscapes in all of Spain. This breathtaking park is home to towering cliffs, stunning gorges, crystal-clear lakes, and verdant forests, creating a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Whether you're hiking the winding trails, kayaking through the tranquil waters, or simply enjoying a picnic amidst the stunning scenery, you'll find endless opportunities to connect with nature and experience the beauty of this pristine wilderness. So come and explore this hidden gem... and discover a world of wonder and adventure.


Visit El Chorro

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** El Chorro Lakes Near Álora Malaga

Nestled in the heart of the Guadalhorce Valley, this picturesque village offers a delightful array of traditional restaurants, cozy bars, and artisan shops, where you can savor the flavors of the local cuisine and browse for handmade souvenirs. Its close proximity to the majestic Camino del Rey and the sparkling turquoise waters of the nearby Ardales lakes makes El Chorro the perfect base for exploring the area. Discover the magic of El Chorro and experience the true essence of Andalucia.


Visit the Village of Ardales

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** The Village of Ardales Near Álora Malaga

The charming village of Ardales is a delightful mix of historic architecture, traditional cuisine, and friendly locals, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere that will leave you delighted. With its stunning views of the nearby lakes and mountains, Ardales is the perfect place to unwind and soak up the natural beauty of the region. So come and discover this hidden gem of Andalucia.

Álora (Malaga) ➜ Where to Stay

The village of Álora itself does not have a large selection of hotels, but it does have two great low-cost hostals:

However, when most people stay in the area, they prefer renting a small cottage in the outskirts of town to really immerse themselves in the beautiful natural setting. Here are three great cottages available to rent:

The Best Places to Eat in Álora (Malaga)

  • Casa Abilio This restaurant serves traditional Spanish cuisine with a modern twist. They are known for their tapas and extensive wine list. Customers rave about the quality of the food and the friendly service.

  • Meson Carrion: Known for their traditional Spanish cuisine, particularly their grilled meats and seafood.

The History of Álora Malaga

Álora has been inhabited since prehistoric times, with evidence of Neolithic settlements and Roman ruins found in the region. During the Islamic period, Álora was an important fortress town and was known as Alura.

The town was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1485 and the church of La Encarnacion was built soon after. During the 19th century, Álora experienced significant growth due to the development of agriculture, particularly the production of olives and almonds. Today, Álora is a popular tourist destination due to its historic center, charming streets, and magnificent natural surroundings.

Where is Álora located?

Álora is a small village located in the province of Malaga in the southern region of Andalucia, Spain.

Distances to Álora (Malaga)

From To Distance
MalagaÁlora40 min (42.8 km)
GranadaÁlora1 hr 52 min (159.7 km)
ArdalesÁlora24 min (26.4 km)
El ChorroÁlora25 min (14.7 km)
Caminito del ReyÁlora37 min (22.2 km)

Álora Malaga ➜ How to Arrive

The easiest way to reach Álora is by car (cheap car rentals), as there are several major roads connecting the village to other nearby cities. You can also take a train or bus from Malaga, Granada, or Seville.

Álora is only 40 kilometers from Málaga. Take the A-357 north to the A-343 exit, then follow the signs to the A-6117... which will lead you into the village of Álora.

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** Streets in Álora Malaga

Can I take a day trip to Álora from Malaga?

Yes, Álora is just a short 40-minute drive or train ride from Malaga, making it a popular destination for day trips from the city.

Álora Malaga ➜ When is the Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Álora is in the spring or fall, when the weather is mild and pleasant. Summer can be quite hot, while winter can be rainy and chilly.

During the months of April, May, October and November in Álora you're most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures that fall between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 26 degrees Celsius (79°F).

  • Does Álora have a dry season? Yes, the months of May, June, July and August are very dry.
  • Which is the warmest month in Álora? August, it has an average max temp of 31°C (88°F).
  • Which is the coldest month in Álora? January, with an average max temp of 17°C (62°F).
  • Which is the wettest month in Álora? November, with 103mm (4.1in) of rainfall.
  • Which is the driest month in Álora? July is the driest month with little to no rain.
  • Which is the sunniest month in Álora? July, with an average of 348 hours of sunshine.

Álora Malaga ➜ Popular Fiestas

Álora celebrates the Sopas Perotas day every October, honoring one of the area's most iconic dishes. During the festival, the village transforms into a lively gathering where visitors can savor this delightful dish... as well as other local products.

There are several other festivals and events held in Álora throughout the year, including the Semana Santa (Holy Week) processions, the Fiesta de la Virgen de las Flores (Feast of the Virgin of the Flowers), and the Feria de Agosto (August Fair).

Álora Malaga ➜ Gastronomy

Álora is known for its traditional Andalusian cuisine, which features dishes like gazpacho, fried fish, and paella. One of Álora’s specialties is the sopa perota.

The area around Álora is also known for its citrus fruits, including oranges and lemons. The trees thrive in the warm Mediterranean climate, and the fruits are a common sight in the local markets and cafes. Oranges and lemons are a beloved part of the region's culinary heritage, adding a zesty twist to traditional dishes and refreshing beverages.

Álora Malaga ➜ Natural Environment

Álora is situated in a beautiful natural environment that is a delight to explore. The village is surrounded by the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, a vast protected area with rugged mountain ranges, deep gorges, and pristine forests. The Guadalhorce River, which winds its way through the area, adds to the beauty of the landscape with its crystal-clear waters and rich biodiversity.

The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including eagles, vultures, and the Iberian ibex... as well as rare plant species. The hills and valleys around Álora are dotted with ancient olive groves, almond orchards, and vineyards, providing a picturesque backdrop for leisurely walks or more challenging hikes. The natural environment around Álora is a true haven for nature lovers, offering endless opportunities for adventure and exploration.

What are some popular outdoor activities in Álora?

Popular outdoor activities in Álora include hiking in the nearby mountains and natural parks, exploring the citrus orchards and olive groves, and enjoying water sports on the Guadalhorce River.

Is Álora a good destination for families with children?

Yes, Álora is a great destination for families with children, as there are plenty of outdoor activities and family-friendly attractions to enjoy, such as the Guadalhorce River and Ardales National Park and lakes.

Can I go on a wine tour in Álora?

Yes, there are several wineries and vineyards in the area that offer tours and tastings, allowing visitors to sample some of the region's delicious wines. We recommend this wine tour: Guided Visit to a pretty vineyard and wine cellar, with wine tasting and tapas

What is the nightlife like in Álora?

Álora is a quiet village, so the nightlife is fairly low-key. There are a few bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a drink or a meal, but the village is mostly known for its peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

Can I go horseback riding in Álora?

Yes, there are several companies that offer horseback riding tours and lessons in the countryside around Álora.

Can I go swimming in Álora?

Yes, there are several natural swimming pools and waterfalls in the area that are popular for swimming and picnicking, such as the Chorro Gorge and the lakes of Ardales.

Álora (Malaga) ➜ On The Map

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