Alhaurín de la Torre
Alhaurin de la Torre is a town nestled on the slopes of the Sierra de Mijas. As it is only 8.8 km West of the Malaga Airport, it won't be hard for you to reach the place. The town is officially part of the Malaga Metropolitan Area but is more associated locally to the comarca of Valle del Guadalhorce.
Being close to Malaga, the provincial capital, but far enough from all the hustle and bustle has made Alhaurin de la Torre a favorite residential area. As such, you can find lots of housing estates and villas here. The rapid influx of residents have quickly eroded ancient structures in order to give way to residential and commercial establishments.
Although, when compared to the number of historical structures and ancient architectures that once stood here before, only few remain standing, there are still some noteable places worth visiting. Among them are the Iglesia de San Sebastian, the Ermita de San Francisco de Paula "El Almarillo", the Ermita del Santo Cristo del Cardon, and the Casa Refugio de Torrijos.
The original residents of Alhaurin de la Torre used to rely on agriculture as their primary source of income, that despite the rapid modernization of the area, you can still find large tracks of land with various plants and animals around the place.
Its gardens and parks are dotted with jasmines, geraniums, roses, and other flowers. Farms are inhabited by chickens, goats, horses, dogs, and sheep, while the nearby forested areas, which are covered with pine, carob, and olive trees, are preyed upon by hawks and foxes.
Since Alhaurin de la Torre is near the Mediterranean, its days are mostly sunny. Expect hot sunny winters and mild, snow-less winters. However, snow can sometimes fall on the neighboring mountains.
There are numerous fiestas and other cultural celebrations within the year. This includes the Carnival of February, Semana Santa of March, Festival Flamenco Torre del Cante of June, and Mercado Medieval of August.
If you're looking for the nearest place where you can have a quick Mediterranean tour upon arriving at the Malaga Airport, then the town of Alhaurin de la Torre comes highly recommended.