Last week we proposed a trip to Ardales, a beautiful town belonging to the villages of the Guadalhorce valley, the green orchard of Malaga. There are good reasons to discover some spectacular places few kilometres off the coast of Malaga. Today we present Alora, situated 40 kilometres from Malaga and 53 kilometres from Marbella.
The road trip is a visual pleasure; through rolling hills that are now stained green and orchards of fruit and vegetables we approach Alora, which greets us from afar with a breathtaking view of the Moorish castle on a impressive hill that rises about 100 feet above the river.
Activities in Alora
In this town took place the past weekend on February 18 and 19, the first Andalusian Traditional Cheese Market. As its name suggests, in this market you could buy artisan cheeses produced in Andalusia of a total of 15 dairies that also offer other dairy products. During these two days there were also workshops and tastings. The venue was the Mirador de la Cancula in Cervantes Avenue and it started at 11 am; on Saturday until 8 pm and on Sunday until 3 pm.
The green Guadalhorce valley is flanked on the north by high mountains of the Sierra de Huma where is situated the spectacular Gorge of the Gaitanes, very popular among hikers and climbers. This area is great for trips throughout the year and the valley is especially lovely in winter-spring, with trees full of oranges and lemons, and in the month of April, when the valley is flooded with the fragrance of orange blossoms from its orchards.
Getting to Alora
From Malaga on the national roads A-357 and A-343 and from Marbella on the A-355, A-357 and A-343.
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