Views of Alora
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Alora is the perfect white village. The real, traditional Spain – nothing like the international atmosphere of Malaga with its millions of tourists. Built on three hills, it commands clear views of the Rio Guadalhorce valley, South towards Cartama and Malaga and North towards El Chorro, Antequera and El Torcal. The apartment is built on the first floor of a typical Andalucian white village house - there is a lounge leading into a separate dining area and the kitchen which gives access onto a small storage terrace and the steps leading up to the main terrace. There are 2 bedrooms the main with a King size bed and the second with 2 single beds. The brand new bathroom serves both bedrooms.
There is plenty of storage space. As well being able to soak in the atmosphere of a traditional Spanish working village, with its narrow, winding, cobbled streets and local shops, you will find a wide variety of restaurants and tapas bars.
Alora is very popular with walkers and climbers as it is only 20 minutes from the beautiful Andalucian Lake District of El Chorro, famous for its gorge and rock climbing. The historic cities of Antequera, Ronda and the Torcal National Park are all a short drive away. There is golf and horse riding in the area and the coast is only 40 minutes away – beaches and nightlife within an easy drive.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Malaga 30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga 30 km, Nearest railway: Alora 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is spacious and comfortable - but most of the guests spend more time outside on the terrace - around 30 metres square - sunny but covered for the hottest days of midsummer. It is delightful to dine al fresco – lunch in spring and autumn and dinner in the summer. Everything that you need for your holiday is available.
|Further details outdoors|
Home to around 14000 inhabitants, Alora is a busy and bustling place in the 21st century.
Even driving through the main streets of the village, it is obvious that the motor car is a relatively new intrusion to many of the older residents. They tend to mill around in the middle of the street, especially on 'market day' or 'pension day', in a manner much more suited to encountering the donkey than the car. Indeed the donkey - or its slightly more modern equivalent, the ancient moped with a top speed of 15mph or so - is still to be seen around and about the place.
The apartment is just off the road (a cul-de-sac of 3 properties) which means that it is very quiet. Many small roads lead to the village square which is often a meeting point for fiestas and local events of which there are many through the year. It is 5 minutes on foot to centre of the village.
NOTE: Please keep in mind that this is a typical Andalusian village, charming but full of winding streets and narrow paths and steps. The terrace is beautiful but to have a good view it means it is quite high. Small children should not be left alone on the stairs to the terrace and the elderly or infirm might find the steep streets tiring.
The Andalucia region
Alora is only 15 minutes by car from El Chorro and Los Gaitanes Pass (which it shares with Ardales and Antequera), the Sierra de Huma and the Sierra de Aguas. The 2,016 hectares protected by Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Beauty Spot are located in the interior of the Subbetica mountain range, and create a spectacular landscape. They include an impressive gorge through which the River Guadalhorce flows, between enormous slabs of stratified limestone.
It is considered to be of immense ecological importance. Its walls, which are up to 400 metres high, are home to a variety of plant and animal life. The adjoining nature park offers hiking, walking, rock climbing and swimming in addition to other water sports, bird watching etc.
The coast is only 40 minutes away – beaches and nightlife within an easy drive.
There is a golf-course planned for Alora in the near future – at the moment you will need to drive to Alhaurin ( 28 kms). There is horse riding in the area.
El Chorro and the Lakes 10km.
El Torcal National Park 35km.
Alora is the perfect white village. The real, traditional Spain – nothing like the international atmosphere of Malaga with its millions of tourists. With the over 1000 year old Arab Castle, nestling beneath the imposing presence of Monte Hacho, the village is a major landmark in the area.
Though the Arab influence on the village today is clear, with its network of steep, narrow streets, Alora as a settlement dates back much earlier. Cave paintings found just outside the village suggest prehistoric connections.
The castle itself was built by the Phoenicians, and fortified by the Romans, almost destroyed by the Visigoths in the 5th century and rebuilt by the Moors. It still retains unique architectural features such as its Arab 'horseshoe' arch, classified recently as an historical monument.
At the foot of the hill on which the castle stands is the older part of the village, centred around the Plaza Baja de la Despedia and its Church of the Encarnación, the second largest in Malaga province (after the Cathedral in Malaga city itself).
Streets lined with lemon trees lead steeply upwards to the Plaza Fuente Arriba, which borders on the old and newer parts of the village, its large fountain containing three impressive stone lions.
A little outside the village the Convento de la Virgen de Flores is a magnificent nineteenth century convent in a spectacular setting which dominates the views towards Carratraca and the Sierra de las Aguas to the North.
There are many festivals throughout the year. There is a public swimming pool 5 minutes from the apartment.
There are many small shops in Alora – including one for bread and other basics 50m from the apartment (in a house up the street in the direction of the church). There is also a good supermarket (Mercadona) very close to the centre – near the crossroads at the entrance to the town.
Be sure to buy some olive oil to enjoy in Alora and to take home. Other Spanish “musts” are the Iberian ham – “jamón iberico y jamón Serrano” and of course wine. If you want a good one go for a Rioja or a Ribera del Duero 2008 or older – if you want to pay less look for a Valdepeñas. Try Viña Albali or Estola for a good everyday red. There are some excellent whites (Albariños) from the north of Spain and there are some relatively new Chardonnays coming onto the market, but you can’t find them on many supermarket shelves yet and the better ones are quite expensive.
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