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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

699,000 €

Great Villa in Alhaurín de la Torre with independent Log Cabin, self contained apartment, large gardens, orchard and pool area with beautiful bar..Currently run as a successful 5 star B&B with only great reviews!It is distributed as follows:First floor: Huge front porch, large two levels living room with fireplace and access to large terrace with views,…

Ref No: 742885 Price: 699,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 282 m² Plot size: 1695 m² Terrace size: 0 ²

Bed & Breakfast for sale in Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga, Spain

699,000 €

Great Villa in Alhaurín de la Torre with independent Log Cabin, self contained apartment, large gardens, orchard and pool area with beautiful bar.Currently run as a successful 5 star B&B with only great reviews!!!It is distributed as follows:First floor: Huge front porch, large two levels living room with fireplace and access to large terrace with views,…

Ref No: 742982 Price: 699,000 € Property type: Bed & Breakfast Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 282 m² Plot size: 1695 m² Terrace size: 0 ²

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

695,000 €

An extremely well presented, South facing country house in Alhaurin de la Torre. Built to a very high standard and enjoying a peaceful environment with superb views, The main house has 2 separate apartments below rented all year round and there is a second separate house with its own pool. Located in a very pleasant plot of land in a sought after area, this…

Ref No: 364108 Price: 695,000 € Property type: Finca Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 5 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 129 m² Plot size: 8050 m² Terrace size: 300 ²

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

695,000 €

Villa for sale in Alhaurin de la Torre. Two main properties on the top floor, each consisting of a lounge, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen and a spacious terrace. The floor below consists of a garage for 3 cars, a storage room and a studio with a living room, kitchen and bathroom. Pool. Parking space for several cars. Plot of 2486m2. Perfect…

Ref No: 773210 Price: 695,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 5 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 502 m² Plot size: 2486 m² Terrace size: 0 ²

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

680,000 €

Immaculate 412m2, 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom, detached villa close to the centre of Alhaurin De La Torre on 1,228m2 fully fenced plot. This beautiful property is set in lovely gardens on different levels with plenty of Sun and Shade. The villa comprises 20m2 grand entrance hall, fully fitted open plan kitchen and dining area of 28m2 with door to the Conservatory…

Ref No: 750520 Price: 680,000 € Property type: Villa Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 419 m² Plot size: 1228 m² Terrace size: 809 ²

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

650,000 €

Villa in La Alquería with stables, paddocks, olives, grapes tree and artisan winery.It is distributed as follows:Large front porch,large iving room with fireplace, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (1 en suite)Exterior: Large garden with pool, barbecue area and storage room. Covered parking area for 3 cars.Varied orchard with lemon and orange trees, 180…

Ref No: 731915 Price: 650,000 € Property type: Finca Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 337 m² Plot size: 10074 m² Terrace size: 60 ²

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

595,000 €

Opportunity. Must be viewed.Recent reduction from 649.000€ to 595.000€!! Beautiful Finca with panoramic views located in a very quiet area but very close to services with paved access.It is distributed in 2 floors with independent office as follows:On the ground floor there is a large living room with double height ceilings, fireplace, dining area, large…

Ref No: 762509 Price: 595,000 € Property type: Finca Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Location: Alhaurín de la Torre Living Area: 392 m² Plot size: 2500 m² Terrace size: 45 ²
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