Alora is a typical pueblo blanco, a pretty whitewashed village, attracting property buyers due to its proximity to Malaga Airport, located 40 kms north of Málaga (a 30 minute drive) on the road to Antequera. Alora's chief economy is based on agriculture, in particular the cultivation of tropical fruits, olives and grapevines which give it a charming rural appeal.
The village has a wealth of history; at its pinnacle and seen from miles is the ruins of the magnificent castle which was first built by the Phoenicians. As well as being home to the fabled Cervantes, Alora is said to be the birthplace of Malagueño flamenco.
Alora consists of a series of steep slopes and attractive cobbled streets lined with lemon trees. At the lowest level is the Plaza Baja which is overlooked by the impressive seventeenth century church of La Encarnación built during the Catholic era of rule and on the site of a former mosque.
From the Plaza Baja you can climb to the castle on foot where you can enjoy the panoramic views over the Guadalhorce Valley. the views from outside the castle walls down the Guadalhorce valley is spectacular. Stretching across endless olive tree and citrus tree orchards, the valley is dissected by the Guadalhorce River, winding roads, and a collections of tiny hamlets.
Alora has much to offer for residents, there is culture, history and the best food in the region is here.
Further up the road, around 50 kilometers inland from Malaga City Centre, a paradise for the discerning bird watcher or thrill seeker, we have a number of properties on offer around the stunning cliffs and craggs of El Chorro. Here you will find a wealth of bird species including the protected Griffon Vultures, Rüpell`s Vultures, Bonelli´s Eagles, Kestrels, Sparrow Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Crag Martins, Blue Rock Thrushes, Choughs and Spotless Starlings, Rock Doves and Bee Eaters. Other species are the Little Grebe, the Red Legged Partridge, the Cormorant, the Yellow Legged Gull, Crested Lark, Blackbird, Robin, Black Redstart, Ring Ouzel, various species of Warblers and Tits, the Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, various types of Finch, the Common Crossbill and Rock Bunting. Wild boar,goats and a lynx have all been spotted.
For the thrill seeker there is the recent reopening of what Lonely Planet have hailed as their top new travel experience, the Caminito Del Rey. It is proving to be a real draw for thrill seekers from all around the world. A perfect reason to invest in this area.