Alcaucín, its name deriving from the Arabic 'alquasin', meaning 'bow', lies 54 km inland from Málaga in the foothills of the Sierra Tejeda mountains and the municipal boundary stretches as far as Granada province. The nearby Zalia Castle dates back to Phoenician times and was also used by the Moors during their occupation of Spain. Both the village and the castle were reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1485. The village itself, situated on the mountainside, has steep, narrow streets and whitewashed buildings.

Statistics

Area: 45 square kilometres Altitude: 508 metres above sea level Population: +/- 1,500 Distance from Nerja: 45 km Travelling Time: +/- 40 minutes

Location

Places of Interest

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario and the 18th century Ermita del Calvario. Cueva del Boquete de Zafarraya and Cueva Abrigo de las Grajas, where Neanderthal human remains have been found relating to the Le Moustier era of the mid Palaeolithic period, over 30,000 years ago. Remains of the Zalia castle. Arabic baths with sulphurous waters at Las Majadas.

Local Cuisine

Local specialities include: Ensalada de Aguacates (avocado salad), Potaje (stew) and Guisado de papas (potato stew), Tortillas de bacalao con miel (cod omelette with honey), Lomo de cerdo al ajillo (pork loin in garlic), Choto (kid), Gachas (a flour and milk custard with sugar and cinnamon), Ring-shaped wine cakes and Oil cakes. And Muscatel wine is the local tipple.

Local Festivals

San Sebastian (Jan 20th) - A celebration and procession in honour of the Patron Saint of the village. Semana Santa - Holy Week celebrations Fiesta de San Isidro (May 15th - 17th) - A fiesta and traditional romería (pilgrimage) to El Alcazar. Feria de San Sebastian (First weekend in August)

Useful Info

Town Hall Tel: 95 251 00 02

Where to Stay

Hotel Romero** Puente Don Manuel Telephone: 952510804 Casa El Lagarillo Camino de la Pia, 5 Telephone: 952510052 Fax: 952510052 Casa El Minarete Camino de la Pía, 5 Telephone: 952510052 Fax: 952510052 Casa Jardín Camino de la Pia, 5 Telephone: 952510052 Fax: 952510052 Casa Las Alberquillas Diseminado, 251 Pago Alberquillas 3 Telephone: 952276229 Fax: 952276556 E-mail: ruralandalus@ruralandalus.es www.ruralandalus.es Casa Patio de los Naranjos Camino de la Pia, 5 Telephone: 952510052 Fax: 952510052 Casa Puente Piedra Las Majadas, 11 Telephone: 952276229 Fax: 952276556 E-mail: ruralandalus@ruralandalus.es www.ruralandalus.es Cortijo Carmina Pecho Colorado, s/n Telephone: 952510093 Fax: 952510093 El Refugio del Alcazar Camino del Alcazar Telephone: 952224880 A house in the Parque Natural El Alcazar owned by the Town Hall and used by camping groups. It has two bedrooms and a large lounge with fireplace.