Algarrobo Costa, Pueblo And Sayalonga. Coast And Country Side By Side

Algarrobo Costa and Pueblo are nestled in the hills but with a coastline setting, which makes it a perfect mix. A mere 35km from Malaga but a world away from the busy city, it’s the perfect place to unwind and relax.

Algarrobo Costa and Pueblo are too close to be distinguished from each other. The Pueblo retains its Moorish past with narrow streets and its hillside setting makes it a delightful place to explore. Its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea means it’s an ideal location for those who love the beach but also like the idea of village life.

This is a village full of history and exploration. The Necropolis of Trayamar is a complex of paleo-punic tombs and many of the objects found in the tombs can be seen in the Museo Arqueológico Provincial de Málaga.

Welcome to Algarrobo Costa

Blue Flag Beach Award in 2019

Whilst on the coast of Algarrobo, there are two watchtowers which reminds us of a time when they were needed to warn of possible enemy invasions. One tower originates from Arabic times and the other dates from the sixteenth century indicating the turbulent past of this now very calm and relaxed resort.

The seventeenth century, Iglesia de Santa Ana is a beautiful building and monument from Algarrobo's religious architecture. The bell tower is one of its most notable features. Whilst the Ermita de la Virgen de las Angustias and the Ermita de San Sebastián are also worth viewing.

The black and gravel sands of Algarrobo Costa are a perfect place to spend the day. The beach is wide and earned a Blue Flag award in 2019. The wide waterfront promenade set back from the road is a perfect place to stroll and enjoy a coffee, cocktail or ice cream from one of the many chirunguitos or bars that line the walkway. In addition, free car parking makes this beach an even more attractive proposition. Whilst this is an urban beach, the fact that it is 800-metre long and 20-metre wide makes it a perfect place to escape the crowds of its nearby neighbours.

This is also a great place to enjoy some of the best and freshest seafood on the coast. Restaurants with expansive terraces offer a huge variety of seafood some cooked over coals, others fried but all delicious. It is hard to recommend a single place as all are crowded for good reason! The proximity of Pueblo to Costa means that all tastes are catered for as the Pueblo serves other specialties with lamb and pork featuring heavily. One unique product of the area is the Torta de Algarrobo. This cake is of Arab origin and combines oil, flour and spices.

The beach of Algarrobo Costa with a BBQ set up ready for one of the local chirguinto bars to cook lunch

Fiestas and Ferias which last three long days and nights

Festivals feature a lot in the lively community of Algarrobo Costa and Pueblo. August is a busy month with the Feria celebrated this month and lasts three long days and nights with flamenco, dancing, eating and drinking. This Axarquía town has the Noche Flamenca in September, with performances by top flamenco artists and lots of dancing. The procesión de San Sebastián in January is accompanied by the noisy 'cohetá' or lighting of firecrackers. There are lots of smaller festivals throughout the year.

Whenever you decide to visit Algarrobo, you’ll not be disappointed. It’s perfect combination of beach and mountains, along with lots of hikes outside of the town make it an ideal place to stay throughout the year. The excellent choice of restaurants, the laid back atmosphere and the many festivals make it an incredibly attractive destination in the increasingly popular Axarquía region.

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If you are in Algarrobo, it is well worth the diversion to the hillside town, Sayalonga which is half way up the steep mountain road to Competa. The twists and turns of the road will make you keep your eyes firmly on the road. This village is set in an area of natural beauty with three impressive trails. The first leads you to Lomas de Méndez, with its fantastic views of the coast. The second leads from Sayalonga through the smaller village of Corumbela and takes you along the path of the Sayalonga river. The third leads up to La Piedra de los Metales de Méndez.

Sayalonga by night - stunning!

Sayalonga has a variety of festivals with its main being Loquat Day, celebrated in May. This festival celebrates the loquat fruit and provides the perfect excuse to taste the delicious fruit accompanied by wine. Other traditional festivals in the village, include the Semana Santa processions as well as the San Pedro pilgrimage in Corumbela, held in June and several others.

This is a peaceful location where visitors can escape into the beautiful Axarquía landscape and relax far away from busy lives. It is well worth the detour.

Views over the white village of Sayalonga