Alameda is about 85km from Málaga in the Antequera region of Málaga province and stretches over a plain with only a few, low hills interrupting an otherwise level landscape covered with olive groves.
The first human settlements date back to the Chalcolithic or Eneolithic periods, around 2,500 B.C., but most relics found in the area relate to the Roman period. The historian Pliny refers to the city of ‘Astigi Vetus’, which would have stood on the same site as present day Alameda. Three of the most important Roman roads converged at this point, making it an important place in Roman times.
The locality passed into the hands of the Marquises of Estepa in the sixteenth century, and was part of the province of Sevilla. In the late seventeenth century, Alameda benefited from increased economic activity and once again became an important centre. The municipality was finally incorporated into the province of Málaga in the nineteenth century.
Area: 65 square kilometres
Altitude: 430m above sea level
Population: +/- 5,000
Distance from Nerja: 125 km
Driving Time: +/- 1 hour 35 minutes
Places of Interest
Sites to see are the Roman baths, Chalcolithic Necropolis, La Inmaculada church, the tomb of ‘El Tempranillo’ and the Museo de Aperos de Labranza (Farming Tools Museum).
Local specialities include: Porra (chilled soup made from bread, cured ham, hard boiled eggs, tuna, tomatoes, oil and salt), Chacinas (cured pork sausages), Gazpacho (chilled tomato, garlic and vegetable soup) and Olla con pringá (a stew with spicy pork sausage, black pudding and pork fat).
Fiesta de La Candelaria (Feb 2nd) – Candlemas celebration
Romería de San Isidro (May 15th)
Feria de Agosto
Town Hall/Tourist Office
Plaza de España, 5
Tel: 952 710 025
Fax: 952 710 425
Where to Eat
Calle Jacinto Benavente, s/n
Tel: 95 228 4071