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Alhaurín de la Torre

Unlike its equally venerable neighbour, Alhaurín el Grande, which has managed to preserve and even modestly flaunt a little of its Roman and Moorish heritage, Alhaurín de la Torre has conspired to hide its past with such ruthless efficiency that it is now almost impossible to find. Even the tower that lent the town its name is long gone.

Alhaurin foto 1.

Finding the two Alhauríns is easy. Take the mighty N-340 highway south from Málaga and look for the turnoff onto the C-344 leading to Churriana. Then, simply follow the winding road along the Guadalhorce valley and into the Sierra de Mijas.

This easy access to the provincial capital is at the root of Alhaurín de la Torre's economic resurrection and cultural decline. It has been seized upon by many who work in Málaga but prefer not to live in the city, and is rapidly expanding as a commuter town. There is little doubt that, with the current explosion of building in full swing, it will soon outstrip its neighbour in size and population. We shall then have the ironic situation of Alhaurín el Grande being the smaller of the two.

As yet, the town is still set among large plantations of citrus and avocado, but as it continues to grow, and land becomes increasingly scarce and valuable, it may be that many of them will disappear.

Having said all this, there is nonetheless history to find if a visitor is diligent enough, though this is chiefly in the outlying suburbs such as La Alquería and Cortijo Molina. Perhaps aware that time is their enemy, the town council (“ayuntamiento”), has enterprisingly compiled an exhaustive list of archæological sites, the “Carta Arqueológica”. This includes many sites which had previously been unrecorded, and which are not protected by preservation orders. It is obvious that these are the ones in most danger from the developers' bulldozers.

Alhaurin foto 2.

La Alquería was once a town of sorts in its own right, beginning as a 3rd Century BC Iberian hill fort and flourishing for a while under the Romans, before petering out around 200AD. Nevertheless, there are still vestigial remnants of Roman masonry in the area, though many of them are now on private land and out of reach.

The biggest attraction for visitors to Alhaurín de la Torre is undoubtedly the gardens of El Retiro. Founded in the 17th Century by Fray Alonso de Santo Tomás, Bishop of Málaga, and originally use by him as his retirement home (hence the name El Retiro), the gardens display an impressive variety of plant and wild life. Each section attempts to recreate the natural habitat of the creatures housed in it, from semi-desert to tropical swamp. The manor house at its centre has also been impressively restored.

A visit to El Retiro is enough to make even the most jaded visitor forget the frantic scramble beyond its walls, and forgive Alhaurín de la Torre most of its more earthly sins.

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Villa for sale in Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga, Spain

1,395,000 €

UNIQUE IN THE MARKET!! OPPORTUNITY: RECENT REDUCTION FROM 1.920.000€ TO 1.395.000€!!!Luxurious and modern Villa with antique decor, built with the best materials and with typical local stones and other materials restored. The property is located in one of the best areas of Alhaurin de la Torre and a few minutes drive to all amenities.It is distributed…

Ref No: 732545 Price: 1,395,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 748 m² Plot size: 4613 m² Terrace size: 106 ²

Country Home for sale in Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga, Spain

1,300,000 €

Luxurious 320 m2 villa situated in 6000 m2 of fabulous parkland gardens with over 200 palm trees, old olive and fruit trees. The property is situated in one of the most private and sought after areas of Alhaurin de la Torre. The impressive 60 m2 covered terrace overlooks the 20 x 5 m saltwater pool and gardens and includes several seating areas, blinds and…

Ref No: 698860 Price: 1,300,000 € Property type: Country Home Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 320 m² Plot size: 6000 m² Terrace size: 60 ²

Villa for sale in Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga, Spain

1,250,000 €

An impressive country villa occupying a large private plot with spectacular countryside views. The spacious accommodation boasts many special features including an imposing entrance with sweeping staircase. No expense has been spared on the fixtures and fittings, and outside there´s a large terrace and pool with outdoor kitchen and barbecue. Viewing is highly…

Ref No: 551054 Price: 1,250,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 320 m² Plot size: 7109 m² Terrace size: 0 ²

Villa for sale in Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga, Spain

1,200,000 €

Originally listed for 2,123,000€ and recently reduced to 1.200.000€ to achieve a fast sale.Prestigious areaFabulous villa located in Alhaurin de la Torre. Property is situated in a prestigious area only minutes from the busy town but enjoying the tranquility of the surroundings. The house is very spacious, with private pool and garden, great basement,…

Ref No: 383488 Price: 1,200,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 800 m² Plot size: 1500 m² Terrace size: 200 ²

Villa for sale in Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga, Spain

1,200,000 €

Originally listed for 1,700,000€ and recently reduced to 1,200,000€. Fabulous luxury villa located in one of the most exclusive areas in Alhaurin de la Torre. The property features a private pool, barbecue area, outside bar and dining area, private party area in the basement, spacious bedrooms with exceptional bathrooms and wooden floors. Walking distance…

Ref No: 705511 Price: 1,200,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 7 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 619 m² Plot size: 1300 m² Terrace size: 0 ²

Villa for sale in Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga, Spain

1,150,000 €

Originallly listed at 1,315,000 € now reduced to 1,150,000 €. Excellent villa located in one of the most sought after and prestigious developments in Alhaurin de la Torre, El Lagar. The property is very spacious with a large plot, panoramic views, built to very high standards and independent housing in the lower part of the property. Just minutes from…

Ref No: 400725 Price: 1,150,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 4 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 656 m² Plot size: 1000 m² Terrace size: 50 ²

Villa for sale in Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga, Spain

1,150,000 €

Fabulous villa located in the village of Alhaurin de la Torre. It enjoys a very ample plot of land. Very close to all the amenities of the area and at the same time enjoying the tranquility of the countryside and mountains. The property has a private tennis court, salted pool, separate guest apartment, ample parking for several cars, private gym and excellent…

Ref No: 639503 Price: 1,150,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 349 m² Plot size: 6952 m² Terrace size: 0 ²
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