Guaro is a modest white village on the edge of the Sierra de las Nieves natural park. Thanks to its elevated position, at over 350 metres above sea level, the village offers privileged views across the surrounding countryside. Some of the best vistas are from its 16th century church of San Miguel, found at the top of the village’s narrow, winding streets.
Almonds & Olives
Historically the area was a noted producer of almonds, with until recent times a village factory making cakes and biscuits from locally produced almonds. Although the factory has now closed, local artisan almond products such as cakes and nougat are still available; and the almond trees remain, covering the countryside with a sea of white and delicate pink blossoms each spring.
Olive growing remains an important part of the local economy and Guaro has an up to date co-operative olive oil mill where local producers have their harvests pressed.
Increasingly the village is also used as an eastern base for access to the Sierra de las Nieves natural park, for nature hiking and adventure activities.
Festival de la Luna Mora
Like many of the white villages of Andalucía, Guaro dates back to the Arabic occupation of Spain. The small community of some 2,500 people keeps its Moorish history very much alive with the annual ‘Festival de la Luna Mora’ or Festival of the Moorish Moon.
Held between the middle two weekends of each September, this arts, crafts and music festival has grown from a humble celebration into a significant event playing host to local, national and international talent. More>
Artists from the fields of classical, popular and flamenco music and dance offer concerts in the village’s purpose built, open-air amphitheatre. Past performers have included internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Paco de Lucía; contemporary flamenco/pop singer Diana Navarro; and Malaga-born pop singer Pablo Alborán. Throughout the evenings of the ten day festival there is a Moorish style street souk, and the entire village is illuminated by over 20,000 candles.
Each July the village celebrates its annual pilgrimage parade or ‘Romeria’ terminating at the tiny chapel of ‘Ermita del Santuario del Puerto’.
Additional information on local activities and events is available from Guaro’s Tourist Information centre, located in a Moorish style tower in the village centre.