Álora is at the halfway point on the road from the coast to the interior provinces of Malaga. Surrounded by mountains which descend towards the sea and nestling at the foot of the Sierra del Hacho, it lies in the beautiful Guardalorce Valley. Just 37km from the provincial capital and 590m above sea level, with Malaga airport only 35 minutes away, as are the coastal resorts and famous golf courses of the Costa del Sol.
The area has a colourful history with the Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs and others leaving their mark on these lands. Their influence can be seen all around, particularly in the architecture of the towns and villages. In Álora, the Castle, which has been declared a national monument, has in its interior a unique horseshoe arch.
Álora celebrates many traditional festivals throughout the year, the most important being Semana Santa (Easter), Feria Real Romeria de la Virgen de Flores (Annual Summer Fair) and Sopa Perota day, now part of the National Festivals of Andalucía when 1000s of visitor enjoy the local dish ' Sopa Perota', served in the Plaza de la Despedia in front of the magnificent church.
Álora is at the heart of this beautiful area which includes the nature reserve at El Chorro, home to several endangered species and the breathtaking Caminito del Rey (King's Path) which clings 150m up the side of the mountain before winding its way through to the dam above the lakes with their outstanding panorama of pine forests around the blue waters.
El Chorro area offers wonderful opportunities for relaxation, walking, and photography, as well as a wide range of more active pursuits such as biking, riding and water sports, Alongside the climbing which attracts enthusiasts from all over the world.
The Parque Natural de Ardales, El Torcal de Antequerra, the Sierra de las Nieves and numerous picturesque villages, all add to the endless attractions, which with the beauty of the scenery, the ideal climate and the hospitality of the people will enchant visitors.
On a practical note, Alora has a population of c15, 000 and is well provided with shops, restaurants and schools. It has a vibrant mix of nationalities and a thriving network of informal clubs and meeting places, which provide an excellent support system for new arrivals.
Malaga and the coastal area are easily accessible by car, rail and bus and offer a number of large Supermarkets, which not only sell a fantastic variety of Spanish and international produce, but all of the goods you would find in the English equivalent. Malaga also has a number of private schools, for those who wish, and a first class university.