About Alhaurin de la Torre, Málaga
The lovely town and village (pueblo) of Alhaurin de la Torre, part of Andalucía in southern Spain, can be found just 15 minutes inland from Málaga airport off the old N340 coast road heading inland towards Churriana and Cártama. (The exit is just 4 km from Torremolinos).
There are beautiful properties for sale and rent within Alhaurin de la Torre town, village and on the outskirts towards the countryside. The older town is full of quaint townhouses and apartments, with larger villas bordering the main palm tree lined entrance road through the many lovely small road islands decorated with fountains and modern art structures.
A haven for Spanish professionals, many live in Alhaurin de la Torre and commute to Málaga centre and Marbella for work.
Attractions and areas of interest
Swathed with bougainvillea, roses, jasmines and geraniums both the town and village areas have excellent social and sports facilities and Alhaurin de la Torre is a typical yet modern, vibrant Spanish community with lots of interesting places to see and things to do. All encapsulated within pretty parks and gardens lined with lush palms.
San Sebastián parish church in the pueblo is the local place of worship and central to most religious festivals. The nearby Plaza San Sebastian is where locals gather or meet at evenings, week-ends and fiestas for a drink and tapas (maybe in the bar La Baranda) to start the evening off.
The municipal auditorium of El Porton, set in pretty, mature gardens, just up from Plaza San Sebastian is a fantastic open air venue for a wedding and where traditional and modern theatre and dance productions are held regularly. Look out for the Summer Jazz festival!
Despite the great increase in population and development over the last ten years, Alhaurín de la Torre has managed to retain its identity, traditions and charisma. It still preserves secluded nooks of great charm and distinctive character – especially for those who are prepared to look around.
The lively town and pueblo have many excellent tapas bars, Spanish and international restaurants serving a variety of cuisines from Spanish to Argentinian or Thai food and everything in between! There’s a weekly Wednesday market on the feria ground and lots of local shops and supermarkets to suit all tastes.
The town is also only 15 minutes away from larger shopping centres including Ikea, the American style outlet Plaza Mayor and Bahia Azul shopping plaza along towards the coast.
In the town, apart from the excellent football and sports facilities, there are salsa or dance classes held at various venues seasonally together with other vocational classes and outdoor gyms with exercise equipment for the young and young at heart! The large “Guzman” viveros (garden centre) is popular with Spanish and British residents and has some amazing flora and displays at Christmas and in the Summer months.
There are several local Spanish schools and the Sunny View English school is in nearby Torremolinos.
Where to stay
Whilst you are searching for property for sale in Alhaurin de la Torre you will of course need somewhere to stay. There are a few good B&B type places or self-catering villas to choose from like like El Patio and Apartamentos Santa Clara in the town itself.
The modern Hotel Cortijo Chico just on the edge of town is a very comfortable, affordable place to stay for a night or two. You may even see a local wedding reception there at the week end!
Rancho del Ingles, and Villa Solcasa are another couple of excellent accommodations and worth a visit too.
Of course to combine your property search on the Costa del Sol with a relaxing beach break the scores of beautiful costal hotels of Torremolinos and Benlamádena are about 15 minutes away.
How to get about
Apart from the excellent road network (E 15 and A 357 to Málaga and beyond) there’s a regular taxi and bus service between Alhaurin de la Torre and other local towns and Málaga. The Plaza Mayor’s modern shopping centre with it’s fabulous clothing shops and restaurants, towards the coast, has a local RENFE train station and plenty of free parking linking the area to Málaga.
Costa del Sol coastal areas
Alhaurin de la Torre is 18 km from the city of Málaga linked by the E 15 and A 357 roads, about a 15 minute trip by car. A little nearer is the airport of Málaga. The coast and beaches of Málaga, Torremolinos and Benalmádena with it’s fabulous marina are around 15 - 20 minutes away, with the glamorous, chic sights and sounds of Marbella being about an hour’s drive.