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Alhaurin el Grande
Alhaurin el Grande in Andalusia, Spain is a lively little town nestled on the Sierra de Mijas mountain range’s northern slope. Despite being a bastion to settlers as well as travellers for centuries, who were attracted to this region for its rich and fertile soil, mineral hills, and arresting village scenery, Alhaurin el Grande is the place where you head to if you really want to relax and be one with nature. Though the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs all left their mark on the village, it has still been successful in escaping tourist inundation.
With its high altitude location, the town overlooks the Guadalhorce Valley and is a short, picturesque drive up a meandering mountain road from the coastal towns of Mijas and Fuengirola. But Alhaurin el Grande’s charm lies in the whitewashed houses that open onto well-maintained squares, historical environment, and bustling shops that sell local handicrafts. The lush green hills surrounding the town give it a unique sense of openness as well as provide a breathtaking backdrop for it. If you are looking to buy property or rent apartments or villas then you can find some excellent offers.
Alhaurin el Grande’s climate is pleasantly mild with a light sea breeze that blows from both north and west due to its proximity to the Mediterranean coast. The town is well connected with Fuengirola, Mijas through a beautiful mountain hugging road and to Marbella through the A-366 or the A-355 southwards.
Alhaurin el Grande at a glance...
Alhaurin el Grande Attractions
A fabulous natural location between two water bodies, the Fahala River and the Blas Gonzalez stream, make Alhaurin el Grande a terrific attraction by itself! People visit this town for the mountain views, wide open spaces, overflowing orchards, unending citrus groves, and endless vegetable fields besides the archaeological remains. From Roman ruins to Moorish settlements there is much to be seen. The Our Lady of Grace parish church is a village landmark and popular also because it was constructed on the site of an Arab fortress’ ruins. The Saint Anton Hermitage is another important religious monument. Nature’s magic can be witnessed in the impossibly shaped rocks in El Torcal.
Outdoor activities include world famous Jazz and flamenco festivals, and sporting activities such as golf at the 3 courses, trekking the Sierra de Mijas, tennis, walking and hiking.
Alhaurin el Grande Beaches
There are no beaches at Alhaurin el Grande. However it is very close to many of the Costa del Sol famous beaches.
Alhaurin el Grande Shopping
Alhaurin el Grande is a different shopping ground than the beach resort towns on the Spanish coastline. While there may not be many shopping options in the town, a drive down to the Golden Mile in Marbella or Malaga, which is just 30kms away, can satiate the appetites of even the most voracious shopaholics! Traditional Andalusian handmade products like pottery, hand crafted kitchen utensils, and leather goods are popular buys.
Alhaurin el Grande Restaurants
Fine dining and local tapas bars offer a good choice of local dishes. Traditional Spanish dishes like paella, tapas, tortillas, and chorizo are popular amongst tourists. Inexpensive but pleasant Spanish wines are excellent accompaniments to a traditional Spanish meal. Many restaurants also offer a choice of international cuisine.
Alhaurin el Grande Nightlife
In Alhaurin el Grande, the nightlife is rather limited. Evenings are best enjoyed ambling the narrow cobblestoned streets and alleys or enjoying hospitality the Spanish way in the company of family or friends.
Alhaurin el Grande Accommodation
High rise apartment blocks, holiday homes, villas, and hotels are the main accommodation choices in Alhaurin el Grande. Choose from full-furnished rental properties as well as Bed & Breakfasts offering magnificent views of the lush green hills, golf courses, and the Sierra de Mijas Mountains.