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Almayate

Almayate

Almayate is a small town one kilometer from the coast on the eastern Costa del Sol in the province of Malaga. It is a dependent of Vélez-Málaga municipality.

It is configured around three main nuclei: Almayate Bajo, next to the aforementioned N-34 road; Almayate Alto, to the north and bordering the Mediterranean highway; and a third neighborhood located next to the beach, known as El Hornillo. There are also some minor nuclei. Almayate's horizon is dominated by the Peñón del Toro, a natural elevation of the land presided over by one of the few figures of the Osborne Bull that remain in the whole of Spain.

History

Near to Almayate is the Phoenician settlements called Los Toscanos farmhouse and a site called Jardín necropolis. Quarries near Almayte were the sourse of the stone for the construction of the Malaga Cathedral. The Los Toscanos farmhouse was also the main farmhouse of the Moorish Nasrid period and after the Reconquest population here were the first to be givein the right to settle less than a league from the coast; this privilege was known as the "Almayate Insurance".

The remains of a cave church, from the Mozarabic period, have been discovered in Almayate, which dates back to the 9th or 11th centuries.

Bus

The local buses connect Chilches with the towns of Málaga, Vélez-Málaga, Nerja, Periana, Riogordo and Almayate. Lines are:
M-260 Málaga-Vélez-Málaga,
M-362 Málaga-Nerja,
M-363 Málaga-Torrox,
M-364 Málaga-Periana, M-365 Málaga-Riogordo.

Location

Almayate is located 28 kilometers east of Malaga city and three west of Torre del Mar, it lies just ot the north of the N-340; the old coast road which has in turn access to the A-7 coastal motorway.

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