Alora is another enchanting pueblo blanco in the province of Malaga. If you're one who's easily fascinated with legendary Medieval history, remnants and artifacts, you'll be awed by one of this town's main attractions. Perched on top of a hill and overlooking the whitewashed structures of the village is a magnificent castle with a storied past.
Equally impressive is the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, one of the largest churches in the province and which took a 100 years to build. The small, inclined streets of the village, the surrounding white architecture, with the mountains serving as a rugged backdrop - those alone can already arouse a sense of exhilaration you've never experienced before.
The scenery around town is utterly stunning. In higher elevations, you can get a splendid view of the entire Guadalhorce river basin. The Guadalhorce is the principal river of the province. You can also find a couple of impressive man-made lakes, which are used as reservoirs , nearby.
From Malaga, where you'll most likely touch down by plane, you can reach the winding streets of Alora by train or through wide, well-maintained major highways, particularly the Autovia del Guadalhorce a.k.a. A-357.
Malaga, the provincial capital, is only some 40 km away (that's less than an hour's worth of travel). However, if you want to spend more time to explore Alora and its neighboring places, there are numerous rural hotels, holiday rentals, and B&Bs nearby.
Outdoor activities include biking, hiking, horse riding, rafting, or - if you're one with a flare for the arts - painting and photography. The terrain and landscape will make your experience in any of these activities totally enjoyable.
If you want to unwind in the evening, there are a few restaurants and bars within the town itself. There's also a disco-pub in nearby Pizzara. If you must know, most of the local dishes here are typically Mediterranean. That means, you can expect olives, almonds, and other citrus fruits among the main ingredients.
The artisans of Alora is best known for their castanets, a small handheld percussion instrument that typically accompanies Spanish music. You'll notice their clapping sound during traditional Spanish dances.