If you can be persuaded away from the pool or sitting room, Archidona is a beautiful town to explore in its own right. It’s home to the famous Plaza Ochavada, has numerous great walks plus the stunning views from the chapel above the town.
Archidona is a beautiful and historic town with the 18th century Plaza Ochavada at its heart and is overlooked by the stunning hilltop Sanctuary of La Virgen de Gracia and Moorish castle. The capital of Málaga province during Moorish rule, Washingtion Irving describes the town and its rich Moorish heritage in his famous Tales of the Alhambra, which is now listed on the same official tourist route. A maze of atmospheric streets and alleyways surround the centre of town, with beautiful architecture and views across the sierra beyond town.
The Convento de Las Monjas Mínimas is one of the few closed religious orders left in Spain, and the patron saint of the town, The Virgin of Grace, whose portrait is housed in a sanctuary high above the town looking across the valley, is celebrated every September.
The capital of the North Eastern region of Málaga province, it is bordered by several other interesting towns, many of which boast excellent walking routes, local cuisine, olive oil and wine production.
Archidona old quarter is a short walk away from the hotel, where you will find the stunning Plaza Ochavada (Octagonal Square) which is one of the most prominent squares of the Andalusian Baroque style from the 18th century. It boasts both classical and Mudejar elements. Up until 1956, bullfights were held within this octagonal enclosure.
Two noteworthy buildings overlook this square: the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) and the old Public granary or Cilla, which has a splendid Baroque stone facade, as well as the Iglesia de la Victoria church.
Another delightful square in the town is the Plaza de la Victoria, which is the heart of the daily comings and goings of the village’s inhabitants and often the venue for free open air concerts in the summer.
Other venues in the town host music and cultural events such as; Flamenco, Spanish singers, guitarists, poets and Authurs. There is a free Spanish speaking guided tour of Archidona, its history and culture on Saturdays.