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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.

149 Properties

149 properties found

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

895,000 €

Fantastic and unique villa set in a paradisiac garden and with incredible views to the port of Malaga. It has almost 11,000m² of tropical gardens with more than 100 palms trees, flowers, fruit-bearing trees, salted swimming pool, covered barbecue, tennis court, trampoline, and double garage. It is in an ideal location only 5 minutes from Alhaurín de la Torre,…

Ref No: 725363 Price: 895,000 € Property type: Finca Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 5 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 367 m² Plot size: 10991 m² Terrace size: 60 ²

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

875,000 €

Fabulous villa found in El Romeral Alhaurin de la Torre. The property has been built to the highest quality materials, with a fantastic luxury kitchen, a large dining room, spacious rooms, private parking, and all the amenities a luxury available. Only minutes to all amenites of the area and Málaga city.

Ref No: 709272 Price: 875,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 340 m² Plot size: 700 m² Terrace size: 30 ²

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

851,520 €

Originally listed for 1.000.000 € recently reduced to 851.520 €, Property on a the 6,383 m2 plot distributed in three zones:1. Residential area:Composed of a large entrance that gives access to the property, garden and recreation area, enjoying a small conservatory and the area of ??the house, with swimming pool, barbecue and lawn area in which there…

Ref No: 748273 Price: 851,520 € Property type: Finca Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 215 m² Plot size: 6363 m² Terrace size: 0 ²

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

850,000 €

Originally on the market for €1,200,000, recently reduced for a quick sale to €850,000A fabulous, five bedroom villa in a very quiet urbanisation, just a short drive from local towns, schools and golf courses. This stunning house is incredibly spacious and has a huge basement with a family room, a bar area, another kitchen and lounge and a gymnasium and…

Ref No: 343670 Price: 850,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 540 m² Plot size: 1200 m² Terrace size: 50 ²

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

835,000 €

A very unique country house set in an idyllic environment, very secluded and quiet. This house is top quality and very rarely does such a property come onto the market. It was built in 1997 for its present owner who now having reached retirement age wishes for a smaller property. (Part exchange for a smaller finca or villa would be considered). It has been…

Ref No: 344788 Price: 835,000 € Property type: Finca Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 306 m² Plot size: 12640 m² Terrace size: 150 ²

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

835,000 €

Excellent Finca in Alqueria behind Lauro Golf and just 15 minutes from town.The property has 306m2 built on a plot of 12.740m2 totally fenced and distributed over 2 floors as follows:First floor: is the main entrance where a large sunny patio and a nice porch at the level of the pool and barbecue. On the left side of the house is the spacious fully equipped…

Ref No: 565266 Price: 835,000 € Property type: Finca Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 306 m² Plot size: 12740 m² Terrace size: 0 ²

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

800,000 €

Originally listed for 1.592.000€ and recently reduced to 800.000€ for a quick sale.Fantastic villa located in a well established residential areas in Alhaurín de la Torre near all local amenities and important golf courses. Apart from the ample living accomodation offered in the main building, this property also consists of two independent wooden casitas…

Ref No: 343700 Price: 800,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 300 m² Plot size: 2500 m² Terrace size: 200 ²
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