Casa del Malaga - holiday rental in Alora

Alora Town

A traditional Andalucian village located on top of the El Hacho hills near Malaga.

Casa del Malaga is within 5 minutes walk of Alora, a traditional Andalucian whitewashed village sitting on top of the El Hacho hills. It has narrow, winding cobbled streets lined with lemon trees and is infamous for its beautiful old castle and traditional old Spanish churches.


The ancient church in the old square is worth venturing inside when it’s open. It holds weddings, celebrations and religious festivals which you are likely to catch during your stay. With a lovely bar called Oscars (which is directly opposite the church and serves the best fish and chips on a Wed night), you can take in the Spanish atmosphere whilst enjoying the old religious traditions.


You will find everything you need in Alora, from pharmacies, small supermarkets, fruit and vegetable shops, clothes and shoe shops, bars and restaurants, local banks, fishmongers and butchers. There is also a local market every Monday morning.

 

To see tourist information for Alora click here

 

For an English speaking radio station, tune in to rem.fm on 104.8 fm

 


 

Weather


The weather in Alora can be found by clicking here

 

Bars and Restaurants


Alora is teeming with lots of local bars and restaurants, all of which are particularly cheap compared to our English prices. Our favourites include “Las Fuentas”, (in the top square by the fountains) which has a lovely outside seating area and serves delicious tapas food. Tends to stay open all day.


De Knas, which is further up the town (opposite the bank Caja Sur), also has a great outside area and the food here is definitely worth the visit. They also play local sport on their large plasma TV’s and is a favourite with the Spanish and English alike.


Oscars bar is a particular favourite of ours as you can sit outside and enjoy the views of the old square and the ancient church. All the Spanish tend to congregate in the square at night and you can watch the Spanish children playing in the streets and listening to their laughter. The fish and chips, which are available every Wednesday night, should be tried as they are delicious, even by our high English standards.


Alternatively, if you fancy pizza, there is a particularly good pizzeria in the centre of town.

 

Other bars and restaurants include:

  • Meson-Restaurant Casa Abilio in Callejon Padilla has a very good reputation.

  • Correos (the Old Post Office) also has good food. It’s on Calle Santa Ana just up the hill from “the other” traffic lights right in the centre. Walk through the bar with a yellow “Open Tapas” sign.

  • Fuente Nueva in Camino de San Jose is a pleasant place to have lunch.

  • Los Caballos, the large bar you pass on your way into Alora, has good food and the best situation. The ostrich farm opposite is interesting.

  • Los Cazadores is a pleasant place to have a beer. Good seafood, lively at lunchtime.

  • La Higuera is a large and pleasant restaurant overlooking the valley just outside the town. Good food in a really pleasant situation.

  • The large “blue” bar - Cerveceria Estrella - on the corner at the main traffic lights is lively and does reasonable food but often only opens in the evening.

  • There is also a nightclub in Alora which stays open very late and can be found in a little road off the top square.

Opening Hours

 

Due to the hot weather, the Spanish enjoy a long siesta in the middle of the day. Therefore, you will find local amenities open from 9am-1.30pm. They will then re-open about 5pm and close around 9pm.


Banks are open in the morning from 9am until about 1pm.


Swimming

 

There is a fantastic outdoor swimming pool in Alora which is open throughout the summer months (last week in June to first week in Sept) and is only 15 minutes walk away from our home or 5 mins drive. It has stunning views over the valley and mountain ranges and has 3 pools – a 25m pool, perfect for swimming lengths, diving and having fun. There is also a slightly smaller pool which suits older children and a shallow baby pool. There is also a bar that is open in the height of season and a life guard is on duty during opening hours.
Mon to Fri – 2pm to 6.45pm
Sat and Sun – 12.30pm – 7pm


Out of season, there is a swimming pool (covered and uncovered) in the local town of Pizarra which is open all year round. This is about a 10 minute drive away or 5 minute train journey.


For those that prefer lake swimming, there are the El Chorro lakes about a 20minute drive away. This is certainly a favourite of mine as I love swimming in open lake water and this makes for a perfect choice.

 

Alternatively there is a modern sports complex in Alora for all your sporting requirements.
You can also click here to find out more about what to do in and around Alora

 

Getting out and about

 

Casa del Malaga is within easy reach of Alora train station with a direct line to Malaga and coastal resorts so is easy to explore the surrounding areas (click here for more information on the surrounding area and interesting places to visit). Malaga airport, with hire car facilties, is only 25 minute drive away and 40 mins by train. Car hire is not essential as Alora has a very good train and bus service. However, if you do choose to a hire car, it is better to request a smaller car due to the very narrow Spanish streets.


Useful hire car websites:


www.holidayautos.co.uk

www.europcar.com

www.hertz.com

www.kayak.co.uk/cars

 

Local Trains:

 

http://www.renfe.com

Tel: 0034 952 360 202

 

Taxis in Alora :

Tel: 0034 952 496 424

 

The Gallery

 

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Municipal PoolTown SquareView from the CastleAlora CentreThe CastleAlora centreAndalucian festivalAlora from afar

 

"Fantastic house in a fantastic location with some great restaurants and bars."

 

Steve, UK - Oct 10