Algarrobo is situated 37 kilometres east of Malaga. It has four urban nuclei: Algarrobo Costa, Mezquitilla and Lagos on the coast, and Algarrobo Pueblo 3 kilometres inland and 85 metres above sea level. It lies within the area of Axarquia, on the scenic Route of Sun and Wine, and has a residential population of 6,200 which increases with tourism along the coast during the summer months. Algarrobo Pueblo retains a Moorish white village structure with attractive narrow streets bedecked with flowers, plants and splendid panoramic views. The Rio Algarrobo meanders through the village where horses are often found grazing on the banks. The parish church of Santa Ana dates from 1505 although the current building was built in the 17th century. There is a large, attractive, tropical park in the village next to a large village swimming pool and tennis courts.
Algarrobo Pueblo The town has prehistoric origins and remains of Bronze Age, Phoenician and Roman artefacts have been unearthed at El Morro de Mezquitilla. A little to the east, at Chorreras, there are more Phoenician sites dating back to the 8th and 7th centuries BC. Also, at Trayamar Necropolis, Phoenician and Punic tombs from the 8th century BC have been found along with ruins of a city from the 10th century BC.
Size of Municipality: 10 km2
Altitude: 0 to 85 m
Distance to Malaga: 29 km
Distance to coast: 0 to 3 km
Average sunshine per day: 8.08 hrs
Algarrobo Costa, once a fishing village, is now mostly dedicated to tourism with high rise appartment blocks along the sandy beach. Mezquitilla and Lagos however, are still unspoilt sea-side villages with colourful fishing boats stranded on the sand. The coastal road is dotted with watchtowers built in the 16th century for defense over the beaches. There are two of these at Algarrobo, the Torre Ladeado and the Torre Derecha and another at the small coastal village of Lagos.
Algarrobo Popular Fiestas:
January 20th – Festival of San Sebastian
July – Folklore & Flamenco Festival
Late August – Feria of Algarrobo
Early September – Flamenco Night (night of Candelarias)
Algarrobo Useful Numbers:
Emergency Doctor: 061
Emergency Police: 091
Local Police: 952 511 167
Guardia Civil: 952 550 044
Town Council: 952 552 430 / 952 552 477
Council website: www.algarrobo.es