Size: 9,70 Km?
Population: Approx. 5.000
Residents known as: Algarrobe?os
Monuments: Hermitage of San Sebasti?n, Church of Santa Ana, archaeological remains of Trayamar and Torres Viglas.
Geographical situation: Part of V?lez-M?laga, at 32 Kms. from Malaga and 5.5 from Sayalonga.
Tourist information: Town Hall, C/ Antonio Ruiz Rivas, 2. 29750.
Phone: 952 552 430 Fax: 952 552 423

The most direct route to Algarrobo is by the Autov?a del Mediterr?neo, heading towards Motril and following the relevant signposts. There is also a bus service to the town. Although described as a coastal town, Algarrobo is actually situated three kilometres inland, the beach area being known as Algarrobo-Costa. Algarrobo itself is at the foot of a hill that leads up to the Hermitage of San Sebasti?n by one of the streets in the town. The streets are narrow and winding, and most of the houses are low and white-washed, many with niches built into the facades to venerate saints. This has been a tradition in the town for many generations. The river Algarrobo flows from the higher Axarqu?a east of the V?lez river through the municipality, reaching the sea along a narrow coastal strip that runs from Mezquitilla to Caleta de V?lez. It was here in the Morro de Mezquitilla that the first evidence of pre-historic settlement was found in the area, dating from the Bronze Age. Nevertheless, the most interesting remains are to be found in the Trayamar Necropolis, consisting of a collection of tombs that extend from the Trayamar finca to a nearby hill. The Moors came later, these being of a Berber tribe known as the Beni Tumi, from which the name of the Sierra de Bentomiz derives. They stimulated the local economy by the cultivation of cereals, fruits and nuts, and the making of silk. The town passed into the hands of Do?a Catalina de Ribera towards the close of the 15th century, and she had to face rebellion from the Moriscos later as a result of their expulsion and the re-settlement of Christian families.

Restaurante el Chato. Specialising in kid and rabbit. Large function room for weddings and communions. Avda. de Carat 6-8. Tel: 952 552 403.
Mes?n El Cochinillo. Ctra. de Algarrobo, Km. 1. Tel: 952 511 018.
Mes?n Los Lobos. Ctra. de Algarrobo, Km. 1. Tel: 952 550 094.
Restaurante La Viuda. Ctra. Nac.340 Barriada Mezquitilla. Tel: 952 550 759.
Restaurante El Paraiso. Urb. Pueblo Nuevo. Costa. Tel: 952 511 349.
Restaurante Piscis. Urb.Pueblo Nuevo. Costa. Tel: 952 550 098.
Restaurante Faustino. Urb.Pueblo Nuevo. Costa. Tel: 952 511 915.
Restaurante La Bodega. Paseo Mar?tomo de Mezquitilla. Tel: 952 550 163.

Rural accommodation
Hostal 'El Chato'. Avda. de Karat, 6. Tel: 952 552 403.
Tourist Apartments. Bloque Montevideo, 3. Te:. 952 511 209.
Tourist Apartments. Centro Internacional, bloque 71, bajos. Tel: 952 511 170.


The three-day Fiestas Populares take place in the second half of August, to coincide with the last Sunday of the month. There is a very full programme of activities for this festival, from children?s races and sporting competitions to greasy pole climbing and other fun activities. There isalso a great deal of music and dancing during the festival, as there is too in the neighbouring towns at this time. Earlier in the year, on January 20th, the town?s saint?s day, San Sebasti?n, is celebrated, when the imagen of the saint is brought from the hermitage in the high part of the town to the parish church. Another popular event is the festival known as the verdialies, a type of musical form peculiar to this part of Andaluc?a. It has its own style of composition - four movements in differing tones - and these are repeated by pairs of young men and women in circles. The dance originates from the river Huit area, known locally as "G?i", and until quite recent times it was a type of courtship dance. These days it is danced in festivals and parties, and after the stamping of the grapes at home. The instruments used include the guitar, the castanets and various home-made percussion instruments.

Algarrobo is most famous - gastronomically speaking - for its doughnuts made with olive oil, which is clearly an indication of the town?s Moorish past; dried fruits and nuts like raisins and almonds, and more elaborate dished like kid in garlic, the typical Algarrobo stew, fennel flavoured stew and the clear garlic soup of the town. On the coast one can savour the sardines on the spit and other delicious fish dishes. All this food goes down very well with one of the local home-made sweet wines.

 
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