ALHAURIN DEL GRANDE
Originally a neolithic settlement, the Romans named the town Lauro Nova in the 13th century. It was a lush, fertile and hugely abundant agricultural community that was also a prime trading location for all the routes descending to the coast.
With the Persian invasion of Iberia in the 14th century, the name changed to Alhaurin, roughly translated as 'the garden of Allah'. The Catholic insertion early in the 15th century added the El Grande to the name to differentiate it from the lower settlement of Alhaurin de la Torre.
Modern Alhaurin is still highly reliant on its agricultural heritage. The scent of orange and almond blossom in the spring is intoxicating, and the selection of olives and fresh produce from the local ecological market is exceptional.
Growing from that, Alhaurin El Grande is a bustling Spanish town with every amenity you could possibly want, in one of the finest locations; the gateway to Andalusia.
Over 60 restaurants and bars, an award winning library, state of the art Theatre (Antonio Gallas) and numerous contemporary boutiques sit comfortably alongside stunning churches, Roman ruins and historic olive and grain mills.
Alhaurin El Grande, being a proper Spanish town is far more affordable than the tourist resorts on the coast or the major cities: for example, a three course lunch with a drink in many local ventas will only set you back in the region of €8.
Alhaurin is a town of festivals, ferias and parties. Virtually every week there is a celebration of some sort. The whole population is involved and as such, the pride in the town is unique.
Situated only 25 minutes from Malaga Airport and 30 minutes to Malaga Centre, 30 minutes to Marbella, 15 minutes to Mijas, 45mins to Caminito del Rey, 18 mins to Fuengirola and bang in the centre of the historic circle (Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba & Cadiz), Alhaurin is the perfect location for a tour of the area. Two golf courses prop up either side of the town and Alhaurin has some amazing hikes and walks.
Bus routes are reliable and reasonable as are local taxi companies. There are numerous tour companies but we highly recommend hiring a car and discovering this extraordinary region on your own (with our guidance).