Alozaina

Basic data
Size: 34.50 Km²
Population: Approx. 2.300
Residents known as: Pecherros
Monuments: Church of Santa Ana, Hoyo de los Peñones.
Geographical situation: 
In the Serranía de Ronda and the Guadalhorce Valley, 41 kilometres from Ronda and 52 from Malaga, at 386 metres above sea level.
Tourist information: Town Hall, C/ Coín, 10. 29567.
Phone:
952 480 013 Fax: 952 480 923


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The church dominates the town from the top of a hill

Alozaina occupies a slightly raised position on the edge of the western area of the Guadalhorce Valley, joining the Serranía de Ronda at the north of the municipality. This has led to the area having a varied landscape, with the beautiful slopes of the Sierra Prieta and the La Ventanilla, which can be reached through the pine forest of the Cuesta de Pino Alto. This is a journey of particular tourist interest, offering spectacular views over the Guadalhorce Valley. The origins of human settlement in the area go back a very long time indeed: fossils found in the municipality of Alozaina show that people lived here many thousands of years ago, and that there was once a lake or sea here called Los Gavilanes. Fossil remains have also been found in the Jorox area, in the Cave of Algarrobo, where hunting utensils from the Upper Paleolithic era and two gold trumpets from the Bronze Age were discovered and are now in the Archaeological Museum in Malaga. There were decorated cups and other objects found in Iberian, and perhaps Phoenician, burial grounds, and the Romans left their mark here too in the Albar area of the Monte, with a column and a type of altar stone found there. Roman remains have also been discovered in the Ardite area. With the arrival of the Moors the fortifications at Ardite and "Aloçaina" were built, and this led to the establishment of a fortified settlement that in turn led to the name of the town. It was visited by the troops of Ferdinand and Isabella in 1484, when the re-population of the area by Christians began. After the Morisco rebellion in 1568, the town was sacked and destroyed. Alozaina was declared a municipality on April 12th, 1492.

Places to be visited
Town centre
The typical architecture of the Andalusian pueblos has been preserved in
Alozaina, to such an extent that it was declared to have been the prettiest town in Spain in 1976. The streets are filled with low, whitewashed houses with flowers in window pots and dominated by the imposing church.
Church of Santa Ana
The parish church of Santa Ana was built between the years 1770 and 1774,
under the supervision of the master builder Felipe Pérez Menor, although its origins go back further, to 1622. It was built in the shape of the Latin cross, the ceiling in timber. Outside is a tiled panel that recalls the conquest of the population in 1484. The tower has a square base and rises to an octagonal bell tower topped with a small pyramidal roof.
The old castle
The castle was totally reconstructed in 1951, with only a small part of the
wall and part of a primitive Moorish tower remaining in its original form. There is a magnificent look-out point in the castle from which one can see much of the surrounding countryside, and in which the official municipal stand during the ferias of Santiago and Santa Ana, and also during the olive oil festival.
Remains of ther hermitage and Moorish cemetery
The Hermitage was built in a single storey excavated out of the rock face,
with a large niche on what was the front of the building. The room of the hermit was also carved out of the rock. Close by one can see the remains of the Moorish cemetery, with stone tombs of different sizes.
Where to eat

Restaurante La Jaca. Large terrace and dining room. Beautiful views (beside the petrol station) Tel: 952 480 089.
Restaurante Hnos. Portales. Tapas and dining room. C/Málaga, 60. Tel: 952
480 190.
Restaurante Bar Nuevo. Tapas and dining room. C/Calvario, 22. 
Tapas
Bar Central. Plaza del Romero
Bar Garcés. C/Iglesia, 2
Bar Merino.
C/Mesón, 3
Bar El Cazador. C/Calvario. 
Where to sleep
La Posada del Río. Tel: 636 017 961.
Hostal Sango(P**). Nine rooms. C/Calvario, s/n. Tel: 952 482 084.
Rural house La Antigua Tahona. Four rooms. C/Iglesia, 4. Tel: 952 480 022.
Molino del Rey. Nine rooms. Molino del Rey(Jorox). Tel: 952 480 009.
Granja Escuela Arroyo de las Viñas. For pre-arranged groups. Ctra. Alozaina
to Yunquera. Tel: 952 480 558.

Entrance to calle Mesón

FIESTAS
Alozaina celebrates its Festivals in honour of the Sweet Name of María (las
Fiestas en Honor del Dulce Nombre de María) during the month of September, which is also known as the Fiestas de la Aceituna. Apart from musical events, one of the most popular parts of the festival is the free tasting of olives on the Sunday morning in the main square of the town. Here visitors and locals alike gather to enjoy the event and have a great time at the festival.

GASTRONOMY
Alozaina, being situated at the foothills of the Serranía de Ronda and the
entrance to the Guadalhorce Valley, has a rich and varied gastronomy that includes dishes like fried garlic with eggs, garlic flavoured rabbit with tomato, gazpacho, ajoblanco, salmon and cod omelette and many other items. In winter the most popular dishes are the gachas, the stews of chickpeas with cod and garlic and the fried eggs with asparagus. The people of the place like to eat roast pepper salads and gazpacho in summertime. For dessert, the most popular dish is the green fig bread and the honey doughnuts.