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Information about Álora

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(12.363 inhabitants) Màlaga province

History

Known as  Illuro in old times, its name tales us to its origin en the Iberian ages. The Phoenicians built a castle that, enlarged by Romans, was destroyed by the Visigoths in V century. The actual castle was built by the Arabs, who strengthen the city and endured the continuous sieges and attacks, until, after strong fight, it was conquered by the Catholic Kings in 1484. Between 1587 and 1593, Cervantes lived there working as a tax collector. It separated of Màlaga in 1628, and it established as independent council, base of the actual municipality.

Along XIX century and 1st third of XX there are very hard years and social agitation. Between 1910 and 1920 there is a strong immigration to South America and during 60’s to Europe. These days, Àlora has a comfortable situation thanks to its agriculture activities based on the grape trees, vineyards, olive trees and tropical fruits.

Gastronomy

Simple cooking and tasty at the same time, it has dishes so tempting as the  sopas perotas,  made of sofrito with water and pieces of bread; the bolo, mixed-up of left overs of sopas perotas plus olive oil and small onions; the  carne mechada or the  majillo de espàrragos. Its olives are famous, almonds, oranges and lemons too.

Craftsmanship

The saddlery and the basketry have a long tradition, as well as the castanets used for their well known verdiales and fandangos dances.

Festivities

In July takes place the Festival del Cante Grande in which the malagueñas are sang. The morning of the Holy Friday it is celebrated the despedìa, touching ceremony in which the image of  Jesùs El Nazareno says goodbye to the Virgen de los Dolores before getting into his temple. In September, Sunday before the 8th, it is organized the romerìa de la Virgen de las Flores, where the traditional verdiales are sung as well as the malagueñas.

Visit and surroundings

In the highest part of the city is located the Castillo (castle) which horseshoe shape arc and its viewpoint are to be pointed up.

On the way down it is the beautiful iglesia parroquial de la Encarnaciòn, of 1669, built with stone cutting and of the ionic style, with collaboration of the bishop, the town hall and private people. This church took the place of the one built by the Catholic Kings over the existing mosque in the castle, it was destroyed by an earthquake and there are not many remains of it.

A bit further down it raises the Town Hall and at 2 kms from Ardales the convento de las Flores (XV century) and there it is the Cruz del Humilladero in the memory of the surrender of the Arabs.