Size: 34 Km?
Population: Approx. 600
Residents known as: Alfarnate?os
Monuments: Town Hall, Hermitage of the Virgen of Monsalud and the Church of Santa Ana.
Geographical situation: In the extreme north west of the Axarqu?a, 50 kilometres from Malaga, at 925 metres above sea level.
Tourist information: Town Hall, Plaza Constituci?n, 1. 29194.
Phone: 952 759 028 Fax: 952 759 752

Alfarnate is situated in the centre of a small depression that bears its name, sheltered between the mountains in the extreme north west of the Axarqu?a region, 925 metres above sea level. The passes through the hills of the Puerto de los Alhazores, at 1,040 metres, are the natural boundaries to the area, this mountainous terrain contrasting sharply with the olive and almond groves of the lower ground. The urban area extends to the foot of the Pico del Chamizo, where the Palancar stream flows, dividing the town into two areas joined by three bridges. The town is dominated by the small Cerro del Santo Cristo mountain, which has a sanctuary on top of the same name, where mass is sometimes said out in the open. The buildings in the town are usually of two storeys, and most are whitewashed. Unlike most other urban areas in the Axarqu?a, there are few hills in the town. The most historic street is calle Secretar?a, in which we find numerous 16th century houses, and the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. It was in this square that bullfighting used to take place in days gone by during the September festival. The name of the town derives from the Arab Al-farnat, which means flour-mill, but the earliest remains date from pre-historic times, these having been found in the Palancar and Morales streams. The first written reference to Alfarnate dates from the 10th century, when mention was made of flour production, hence the name of the town. It was not until the Christian troops arrived here around the year 1487, however, that the town as we know it began to take shape, with Christian settlers coming here from other parts of the region.
The late 19th century was a time of banditry in Andalucia, and Alfarnate was an important bandit centre due to its geographical location, on the road between Malaga and Granada.

Mes?n de la Villa. C/Erilla s/n. Tel: 952 759 190.
Old Venta de Alfarnate. Old Carretera M?laga-Granada Km.513,8. Tel: 952 759 388.
Restaurante Los Alazores. Old Carretera M?laga-Granada. Tel: 952 759 409.
Bar Cristobal. Specialising in fresh fish and mushrooms. C/Secretr?a, 4. Tel: 952 759 209

Rural accommodation
Cortijo Venta de la Leche. Capacity 10/12 people. Ctra de Loja a Zafarraya, Km 22. 29194 Alfarnate. Information 952 33 61 99.
Casa rural Oriente. C/Oriente, 27. Call Srta.Yolanda Garc?a Tel: 952 759 026.
Casa rural Mari Carmen. C/Blas Infante, 3. Call Sr.Daniel Bello. Tel: 952 759 150.
Casa rural Fina. C/Puente, 8. Call Sr.Juan Camps. Tel: 952 336 199.
Casa rural San Jos?. C/San Jos?, 1. Call Srta.M? Dolores Fr?as. Tel: 670 615 047.


The town?s main festival - in honour of its patron saint, the Virgin of Monsalud - is held at the beginning of September, during which there are four days and nights of festivities. The various events begin at midday on the Friday with sporting activities, and everybody converges on the El Ejido area. That night the King and his court are elected, with the Moors and Christians, known locally as The Embassies, performing. this tradition involves the seizing of the Virgin of Monsalud and ends when she is brought back to the Church of Santa Ana. More events take place on the Sunday, the highlight being a football match between married and single men. On the Monday there is a bicycle race and the election of Miss and Mister Simp?ticos. The festival ends on the Tuesday with mass in the church of Nuestra Sra. de la Salud, and another procession of the Virgin at night. The festivities finally draw to a close when the fire crackers go off in the early hours of the morning.

The Alfarnate gastronomy consists mainly of pot stews, mushrooms and delicacies fried in bread crumb, this last item being cooked with a mushroom base in an onion and almond sauce with garlic, peppers and tomato pur?. Well known too are the local doughnuts, the baked cakes and the aniseed and coffee liqueur. Another traditional dish is the so-called Eggs-for-a-Beast, this once served in the old Venta de Alfarnate and being a large helping of fried bread crumbs, eggs, peppers, sausages, meat. Before eating, one had to repeat a local saying that went like this: Whoever eats three helpings in a row will get their lunch free of charge.

 
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