ALHAURÍN DE LA TORRE
Mayoral of townhall
Sr. D. Joaquín Villanova Rueda
Coordinates in GPS
• Latitude: 36º 40’’
• Longitude: 4º 33’’
• Surface: 82 km.²
• Altitude over sea level: 104 m.
• District: Valle del Guadalhorce
• Distance to Málaga: 18 km.
• Middle temperature in year: 17 ºC
• Residents: 35.832
• Next villages: Peñón-Molina, Santa Amalia, Churriana, Alhaurín El Grande.
Alhaurín de la Torre is situated in the pronvince of Málaga, in Andalusia, and in the district of the valley of Guadal¬horce. The village belongs to the metropolitan área of Málaga and its judiciary. The town sits in the mountains of Mijas and belongs to the Cordillera Penibética. The area is covered with pines and oaks.
About the name of the city, we can say that it comes from the Arabic, and there are two theories of what it means. One meaning is poetic and says: "Jardín de Ala" (Garden of God). The second version published by Baquero José Luque, tells of a Berber tribe that had settled in the Middle Ages in this area.
The reconquest of Alhaurin de la Torre in 1485 marked a turning point in its history. The land has been redistributed, a change that is still valid. In the records of Malaga on this distribution, the name Alaulín (previously Laolín) and later known as Alhaurinejo. Until the 20th century the place was sparsely populated, the romantic travelers of the 18th century, as Francis Carter, spoke of "the charming village Alhaurinejo, located two miles from the sea and which delivers to Malaga the best bread that you can eat". Since 1647 the official name is Alhaurin de la Torre.