ALHAURÍN EL GRANDE
Mayoral of townhall
Sr. D. Juan Martín Serón
Coordinates in GPS
• Latitude: 36º 37’ 59’’
• Longitude: 4º 40’ 59’’
• Surface: 73.1 km²
• Altitude over sea level: 270m.
• District: Valle del Guadalhorce
• Distance to Málaga: 30 km.
• Middle temperature in year: 17 ºC
• Residents: 23.675
• Next villages: Coin, Mijas, Casa Palma, Alhaurín de la Torre.
Alhaurín el Grande is a town in the province of Málaga, situated in the South Center of the province, in the district of Guadalhorce. It is located in the northern part of the mountains of Mijas.
The Arabs named it "Alhaurín" but the Catholic Kings, after taking over in 1485, added "El Grande" in order to distinguish them from their neighbors, Alhaurín de la Torre. At its horizon you find, the Sierra Alpujata, the Sierra de Marbella, the Natural Park Sierra de las Nieves, the Serrania de Ronda, the Sierra del Torcal in Antequera, and distinguish the province's capital, Málaga, in the bay background.
In the urban area many remains were found, suggesting human presence, even during the Stone Age or the Metal Age. The Iberian civilization was the first that occupied this land and created a fruitful trade with the Phoenicians. You can also highlight the Arab presence, trade, agriculture and animal husbandry in the region, expanded. And at the point where now is the parish church, must have existed the old mosque.