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Spain Inland Locations-Guide

Information about Alhurin el Grande

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( 17.764 inhabitants) Màlaga province

History

It was a very important roman village that some take as the historic Munda, which is a mistake, where Cèsar definitely defeated Pompeyo.

However the remains are before the Neolithic, Iberians, Greeks, romans and Visigoths ages.

The arabs, under whose dominion they were for long time, called it Alhaurein, what in their beautiful language means “Dios Misericordioso” ( compassionate God), although many don’t agree; according to the last investigations, it would mean “ Jardìn de Alà” ( Alla garden), “ la hoya” ( the pit), “el valle”( the valley) or “ los libres” ( the free). Made it Castilian language, it was added “ el Grande”, to make it different from the neighbour Alhaurìn de la Torre, it was the name kept after being conquered by the Catholic Kings in 1485.

It was the royal villa depending on Màlaga until 1634, when their independence was bought at the fabulous amount for the age of four and a half million maravedìes ( money). Later it depended on Coìn, what created serious revolts and hard repressions by the royal authority. To get their definite independence they had to wait until XIX century, age in which the villa is chosen for the rich families of Màlaga to build their villas to rest.

Gastronomy

The cuisine in Alhaurìn is brief, it has soups, garlic, puchero, consommé or boilt, its most characteristic dishes, to which we should add the migas ( crumbs), the gazpacho cold vegetable soup) and the gachas ( porridge). Bread is excellent, as well as the roscos fritos, the mostachones, the tortas de aceite and the pan de higo, very well known product in the region.

Festivities
The “ Moraos” and the “Verdes” ( purples and greens), that represent Christ passion, they fight in Semana Santa  the superiority of their brotherhoods. This festivity has been declared of turistic interest in Andalucìa. The Dìa de la Cruz, on the 3rd of May.

On Holy Friday the streets are covered in carnations and rosemary.
In August, between days 15th and 18th, take place the patron saint festivities, the Virgen de Gracia.

Urban life

Alhaurìn is a very active city in commerce that daily put in the village of the province some hundred itinerant traders. It was said that when Colòn fist arrived to Amèrica he found an alhaurinian selling garlic. It is remarkable the craftsmanship as the embroidery and laces (de bolillo). It is a welcoming village where the famous hispanist Gerald Brenan lived from 1972 until 1987.

Visit

The Hoya de Màlaga is a vast flat ground located, following the river Guadalhorce, between the Montes de Màlaga and the serranìa de Ronda, leaving to the south the sierra de Mijas.

Alhaurìn el Grande is a fertile and warm area, the closest village to the coast and probably the most picturesque. The road to Màlaga, which gets to Coìn, goes through the village from side to side, leaving to the right the Bajondillo neighbourhood, origin of the village. In it we can find the church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnaciòn, built in XVII century, and the arco del Cobertizo, door of Arab origin that was part of the walls of the city.

The ermita de San Sebastiàn is located in the street of the same name. It was built in XVI century and is the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Nuestro Padre Jesùs Nazareno or de los Moraos.

From the town hall we can get excellent views of the Guadalhorce valley and of the Hoya de Màlaga. Here it is situated the ermita de la Vera Cruz, temple built at the beginning of XX century, of neogothic style and headquarters of the Brotherhood de los Verdes.

Very interesting to visit is the molino morisco de los Corchos (mill) from XV-XVI century, it originally grinded cereal until 1940 that it was grinding cork for the boxes for grapes to export.