Guadalhorce, Campanillas, Guadalmedina

Guadalhorce, Campanillas, Guadalmedina

Churriana is one of the 11 districts of Malaga, in the south-western part of the city. It includes the airport, the beach and coastal area of Guadalmar, and the Sierra de Churriana hills. The Phoenicians called Churriana, Siryana. Until the beginning of the 20th century, this area was a separate town, but today it forms part of the city.

The delightful village of Valle de Abdalajis is located in the southern part of the Antequera district in Málaga province and covers about 21 square kilometers. This is a mountain-side village, perched at 340 meters above sea level is set against the impressive backdrop of the Penibética range that rises above its whitewashed homes and cobblestone streets.

Alhaurin El Grande is a satellite town for many families working in the provincial capital Malaga. The outskirts provide new urbanisations and the old town is very much conserved. Alhaurin El Grande has a rich history. In the forested areas south-east of the village of Alhaurín el Grande there are traces of Neolithic occupation: silent witnesses to the long history of human habitation of the area. A history longer than history itself.

This small town roughly halfway between Málaga and Antequera is rightly proud of its name. It derives from the Moorish al-megia or al-mexía, 'the pretty one', a reference to its position in the foothills of the Sierra del Hacho, in the shadow of the Sancti Petri peak.

Bobastro is an ancient village so don't expect to find any people living there today. It is located near the village of Ardales in Malaga's lake district. The site comands exceptional views of the surrounding countryside.

This handsome hill town, just 35 minutes north of Málaga and 20 south of Antequera, is described as "al pie del Torcal", 'at the foot' of the El Torcal Natural Area. This is a remarkable 17km-square region of limestone rock formations eroded by wind and rain that might lmost be described as Andalucía's answer to Uluru, the original name now used for Australia's Ayer's Rock.

Casabermeja, otherwise known as the door or gateway, to Malaga, is a great a place to head inland from the coast to explore the mountains of Malaga. This village lies within the Parque Natural del Montes de Malaga (Malaga mountains natural park) and is also close to various other mountain ranges such as El Torcal, de Cabras, del Co and de Camorolos, as well the Arroyo de Guadalmedina and de Coche.

Pizarra is a tiny town lying 30 kilometres upriver in the Guadalhorce valley at the foot of the 350 metre high Sierra del Hacho. Still a largely farming community, it has so far managed to avoid the threat of absorption by the spreading metropolis of Málaga in spite of the recent appearance of the two commuter settlements of Zalea and Cerralba on its western face.

While the sprawling white town of Cártama undoubtedly impresses the visitor now, with its ruined hilltop fortress, how much more impressive it must have been in its Roman heyday, with a formidable castle protecting both the town and the river valley - Cartama stands at the head of the Rio Guadalhorce.