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Province of Malaga showing Álora
Álora seen from the castle, with mountain Hacho behind
The Álora castle in the evening sun

Álora is a town of southern Spain in the province of Málaga; 17 m. W.N.W. of Málaga, on the right bank of the river Guadalhorce, and on the Córdoba-Málaga railway. Pop. (1900) 10,525, (2002) 12,538.

The town of Álora crowns a small hill over the Guadalhorce river. The castle's towers, once vigil to the comings and goings of men and inland merchandise, in the Bobastro domains, out stand over the city, which shelters discretely between two small headlands and the powerful Hacho mountain (559 m.) From a distance, it is a typical pueblo blanco; a whitewashed village nestled between three rocky spurs topped by the ruins of a magnificent castle which has an interesting history. Álora's castle was first built by the Phoenicians and subsequently expanded under Roman rule. In the 5th century the castle was virtually destroyed by the Visigoths, only to be rebuilt under the Moors; remnants of this era still remain, namely the decorative steel door and the traditional Arab mirador

References

Coordinates: 36°49′N 4°42′W / 36.817°N 4.7°W / 36.817; -4.7


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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Álora is a village in Andalucia.

Get in

By Train

Trains run between Malaga and Álora throughout the day, although with varying frequency. The line, known as the C2 Suburban Line, runs from Malaga Renfe (the main railway station) to Álora. The journey takes about half an hour.

Get around

Álora can be explored on foot, although from the railway station it is a moderate uphill walk to reach the main part of the town.

  • The castle, set on top of a hill and with views over the surrounding hills. It is actually used as a cemetery today.

Eat

El Urogallo - is a local restaurant located next to the building where Guardia Civil is headquartered in Alora. Per October 2008 you get a meal of the day for Euro 7, incl beer/wine and coffee.

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