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

850,000 €

Fabulous finca in Alhaurín de la Torre, on an excellent and large plot of land with many possibilities and giving stunning panoramic views of the countryside and mountains. The large house, which needs renovation, is very spacious, quiet and private. Ideal to live in and enjoy the countryside. Just a few minutes from the town and all its amenities. Also great…

Ref No: 775805 Price: 850,000 € Property type: Finca Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 504 m² Plot size: 29443 m² Terrace size: 0 ²

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

850,000 €

This fabolous villa is surrounded by various open and covered terraces. Downstairs comprises entrance hall leading to a large kitchen with dining room and utility room with doors leading to a comfortable winter garden, two separate sitting rooms, one with fire place, office and bathroom. Marble stairs leading upstairs to 5 bedrooms, 3 of which with their own…

Ref No: 776623 Price: 850,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 147 m² Plot size: 1062 m² Terrace size: 0 ²

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

840,000 €

Wonderful Finca with a very picturesque garden, 2 guest houses and a tennis court located in one of the best areas of Alhaurín de la Torre.Main house is distributed as follows:Entrance hall, large living room with fireplace plus dining area, large kitchen equipped with space for a dining table, porch closed and converted into a second living room with barbecue…

Ref No: 757414 Price: 840,000 € Property type: Finca Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 4 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 367 m² Plot size: 11797 m² Terrace size: 6014 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

800,000 €

Wonderful Finca "Cortijo Style" located on a small hill with panoramic views and very well situated near to all amenities.It is distributed in 2 floors as follows:Ground floor: Living room with fireplace with access to an interior patio. In the living room there is also a dining area. Fully equipped kitchen with access to the interior patio and a second dining…

Ref No: 771856 Price: 800,000 € Property type: Finca Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 466 m² Plot size: 5372 m² Terrace size: 34 ²

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

790,000 €

Villa, Unfurnished, Fitted Kitchen, Parking: Carport for Two Cars, Pool: Private, Beautiful Garden

Ref No: 747118 Price: 790,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 443 m² Plot size: 1805 m² Terrace size: 46 ²

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

750,000 €

In the heart of Alhaurin de la Torre, independent Villa with charm in quiet and exclusive gated urbanization. South orientation. The Villa has 322 m2 built, of which 300 m2 is on one floor. The Villa has 5 large bedrooms all with fitted wardrobes plus a sixth bedroom / office on the top floor with its own terrace. There are 2 bathrooms: one with a bathtub…

Ref No: 768261 Price: 750,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 3 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 322 m² Plot size: 1200 m² Terrace size: 118 ²
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