Málaga Province - Villanueva de Algaida

This little Málaga town is the birth place of a prestigious international sculptor, the man behind Spain’s famous Goya Awards (the Spanish “Oscars”) statues, and that is Miguel Ortiz Berrocal. He died at the age of 73 years old in the place of his birth after returning home from Verona Italy in 2002. Today on Calle Granada we can visit his home. Some of his work is also on display at the Asociación de Amigos de Berrocal (Friends of Berrocal Association) in the town.

Some of the most interesting places to visit in this area are outside the town centre about one kilometre away at Las Peñas. This is a lookout point that offers panoramic views of the municipality.This is also where you can see the ruins of a Mozarabe church from the 9th and 10th centuries. Here also lie the ruins of a Franciscan convent that was founded in the 16th century as well as the Arroyo del Bebedero Bridge.

There are other interesting places to visit outside the town including the Alcaides necropolis and the Sierra de Arcas and El Pedroso caves.

Back in town you there are monuments such as the Virgen del Socorro Hermitage (Our Lady of Help Hermitage) and there is a church called Nuestra Señora de Consolación (Our Lady of Consolation).

If local food products are what you’re looking for then you might acquire some of the locally produced olive oil. Porra Antequerana, a thick gazpacho-style soup, is basic local fare along with traditional products from the local pig slaughters (an event in itself). As far as sweets, the traditional “huesos de santo” (saints’ bones) are typical here on All Saints’ Day and other traditional pastries displayed in local shops are also worth a try.

Villanueva de Algaidas is located 69 kilometres from Málaga city.

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