Alhaurín de la Torre

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Alhaurín de la Torre
Municipality
Avenida de España.
Avenida de España.
Flag of Alhaurín de la Torre
Flag
Coat of arms of Alhaurín de la Torre
Coat of arms
Municipal location in the Province of Málaga
Municipal location in the Province of Málaga
Alhaurín de la Torre is located in Spain
Alhaurín de la Torre
Alhaurín de la Torre
Location in Spain.
Coordinates: 36°40′N 4°33′W / 36.667°N 4.550°W / 36.667; -4.550Coordinates: 36°40′N 4°33′W / 36.667°N 4.550°W / 36.667; -4.550
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Andalusia
Province Málaga
Comarca Valle del Guadalhorce
Government
 • Mayor Joaquín Villanova (PP)
Area
 • Total 83 km2 (32 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 35,832
 • Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym Alhaurinos or Torrealhaurinos
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website Official website

Alhaurín de la Torre is a town in the province of Málaga, Andalusia, in southern Spain. The town is part of Málaga Metropolitan Area and of the comarca of Valle del Guadalhorce. It sits at the entrance to the Guadalhorce valley on the slopes of the Sierra de Mijas mountains, some 17 km from Málaga.

The municipality covers an area of 82 km2 between the Sierra de Mijas and Málaga basin, and is crossed by the river Guadalhorce. It is the most populous municipality in the region of Guadalhorce and third within the province, with 33,567 inhabitants, behind Antequera and Ronda.[1] Alhaurin de la Torre experienced a marked increase of population in the 90s due to the expansion of the metropolitan area of Málaga. The population density is 409.35 inhabitants/km2.

The city was founded by the Phoenicians, mostly from Libya. Since 1991 it has been the headquarters of the Málaga Provincial Prison, just outside the city, which currently is one of the most well known in Spain, housing some of the special cases of social impact, like the Malaya case amongst others.[2][3]

Geography[edit]

The township sits between the Sierra de Mijas, mountain formation covered with pines and oaks and belongs to the Cordillera Penibética, and the Hoya de Málaga, alluvial depression formed by the Guadalhorce river, which irrigates the whole district and is occupied by numerous crop orchards. The highest peak of Alhaurín de la Torre is Mount Jabalcuza in the Sierra de Mijas, but also include others such as Jarapalo or Abarcuza.[4]

Location[edit]

It borders the towns of Málaga to the east, Cártama to the north, Torremolinos to the southeast, Mijas to the southwest, Benalmádena to the south and Alhaurín el Grande to the west.

Northwest: Cártama North: Cártama Northeast: Málaga (District of Campanillas)
West: Alhaurín el Grande
Rosa de los vientos
East: Málaga (District of Churriana)
Southwest Mijas South: Benalmádena Southeast: Torremolinos

Hydrography[edit]

The hydrography of Alhaurin de la Torre is limited in terms of river inflows. These include the passage of the river Guadalhorce by the municipality along with numerous streams, the majority deviant, dry or with very little flow. The most notable is the water that is often left after some heavy rains in winter, spring or fall. Alhaurín de la Torre is one of the municipalities belonging to the Andalusian Mediterranean Basin.

Description[edit]

The city centre has old Moorish-style streets and houses. Services are the main source of income.

It was historically an agrarian village, where citrus and subtropical fruit plantations and olive groves still cover the landscape.

History[edit]

The origin of the place goes back to pre-historic times, and it is known that the Phoenicians that set up factories in Málaga and Cártama in about 1,000 BC settled in Alhuarín. It was here that Lauro was founded, and centuries later the Romans called it Lauro Vetus.

The Moors, after the Islamic conquest of Iberia, called it Albarracín, and it grew from that into a larger collection of farm-houses. The re-conquest of the town in 1485 meant another variation on the name, and the place was finally called Alhaurín de la Torre. The population increased sharply due to the influx of Christian settlers after 1571. There are many archaeological remains in the municipality, most of them being in the Estación de la Alquería area, officially designated as being of Cultural Interest.

The Democracy Avenue, Alhaurín de la Torre

Metropolitan Bus[edit]

Malaga Metropolitan Transport Consortium´s (Consorcio de Tranpsporte Metropolitano del Área de Málaga) buses are the main form of transport around the town of Alora and the villages of the Metropolitan Area.

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "INEbase/List of place names". Instituto Nacional de Estadística. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Rivera, Raquel (14 October 2008). "La cárcel de Málaga es la más poblada del país con 2.054 reos". LaOpiniónDeMálaga.es. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Marisol Yagüe e Isabel García Marcos salen de prisión tras depositar 60.000 euros de fianza". El Pais. 13 September 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Espacios naturales en la provincia de Málaga y su Costa del Sol". Portal Oficial de Turismo. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 

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