Churriana - Malaga City
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.
Situated next to the Guadalhorce valley, Churriana's main industry is agriculture: citrus, subtropical fruit and olive groves. The 18th-century aqueduct Arcos de Zapata was built to carry water from Fuente del Rey spring in Churriana to Malaga city, but it was never used.
La Consula mansion, which dates from the early 19th century, has beautiful grounds which are open to the public. You can also find the Jardin del Retiro botanical/ornithological garden, built in the 17th century.
The Anglo-Irish writer Gerald Brenan, of South From Granada and The Face of Spain fame, used to live in Churriana, where he was visited by the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier. His house has been turned into the museum and research centre Casa de Gerald Brenan (opened in November 2014). Here you can find out about the hispanist and his writings, and also there are Anglo-Spanish cultural and literary events. (Brenan previously lived in the village of Yegen, in the Alpujarra.)
Churriana is also home to the Malaga Golf Parador, the only golf hotel in this chain of state-run hotels.
Important days in Churriana include Viernes Dolores (Good Friday) of Holy Week, when statues of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno del Paso and María Santísima de los Dolores are carried in processions. The Fiesta of the town's patron saint, San Isidro, is on 15 May. On 16 July in Guadalmar, the coastal area of Churriana, the Virgen del Carmen is celebrated.
Other celebrations are San Antón in January, Virgen del Rosario in October and Día de Andalucía in February.