Algarrobo, Spain

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Algarrobo
Municipality and town
Torre del Mar, view from the beach to the mountains and to Algarrobo.jpg
Municipal location in Málaga Province
Municipal location in Málaga Province
Algarrobo is located in Spain
Algarrobo
Algarrobo
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 36°46′N 4°02′W / 36.767°N 4.033°W / 36.767; -4.033
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Andalucía
Province Málaga Province
Comarca Axarquía - Costa del Sol
Area
 • Total 4 sq mi (10 km2)
Elevation 282 ft (86 m)
Population (2008)
 • Total 6,144
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website http://www.algarrobo.es

Algarrobo is a town and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. The municipality is situated in the coastal area of La Axarquía, 32 kilometers from the city of Málaga. It is bordered on the north by the municipality of Arenas and Sayalonga, to the east and west by Vélez-Málaga and to the south by the Mediterranean Sea. It is situated at an altitude of 86 meters. The main center for the population is Algarrobo, a town of Arab architecture situated 3.5 kilometers from the coast. Other towns in the municipality are Algarrobo Costa, Mezquitilla and Trayamar.

It has a population of approximately 5,000 residents. Natives of the town are called Algarrobeños. Its surface area is 9.73 km2 and has a density of 639.16 inhabitants/km2.

History[edit]

Its origins likely date back to the Paleolithic period, although the first documented prehistoric settlement is from the Copper Age. The Phoenician necropolis Trayamar and the remains found in the Morro de Mezquitilla have been cataloged by German professors Schubart and Niemeyer as one of the most important Phoenician remains that still exists in the West.

The entry of the Arabs in the Iberian Peninsula entailed a resurgence when Berbers from Algiers founded the town of Algarrobo more to the interior and introduced crops such as almonds and raisins and small industries of silk.

Monuments[edit]

  • Church of Santa Ana. From the 17th century.
  • Ermita de San Sebastian. Dating back to the 17th or 18th century. In 1976 it had to be rebuilt to its previous image due to the landslide hazard it presented.
  • Ermita de las Angustias, located at the exit of Algarrobo Norte. Despite not being an architectural gem, it is dear to the city. All the brides of the town bring their flowers here.

Politics and administration[edit]

The political administration of the municipality is carried out through a democratically controlled town council whose members are elected every four years by universal suffrage. The electoral census is composed of all residents registered in Algarrobo over 18 and Spanish nationals and other member states of the European Union. According to the Law on the General Election,[1] which sets the number of eligible councilors in depending on the population of the municipality, the Municipal Corporation of Algarrobo is composed of 13 councilors.

Famous persons[edit]

  • Enrique Ramos Ramos

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ley orgánica 5/1985, de 19 de junio, del Régimen Electoral General.". Gobierno de España, Ministerio de la Presidencia. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 

Coordinates: 36°46′N 4°02′W / 36.767°N 4.033°W / 36.767; -4.033