What to do and what to see in Alpandeire

The municipality of Alpandeire, with an area of about 31 km2 and an altitude above sea level of 695 meters, extends to the north of the Genal Valley, with a rocky landscape to the north of the municipal area and lands loomed and covered in half south, in which the chestnut trees, cork oaks and pines alternate with olive groves that extend through the vicinity of Alpandeire, which is located on a landing, at the foot of the Sierra de Jarastepar (1425 m).

Alpandeire has a population of about 350 inhabitants and is 17 km away from Ronda and about 120 km from Málaga.

The term of Alpandeire is watered by numerous streams such as the Audalaza Stream, the Jandaque Stream and the Fuente Stream. This leads to beautiful places worth visiting such as El Pozancón, Los Huertos or Finca de Las Amarillas.

History of Alpandeire

The presence of man in the lands that make up the current municipality of Apandeire, goes back to prehistory, as shown by the archaeological finds of the Dolmens of Encinas Borrachas and Montero, where interesting dolmens and other forms of burials have been discovered of the Chalcolithic. Other findings discovered in Alpandeire, such as the ceramic remains discovered in places such as La Vasija and La Mimbre, prove the Roman presence, but it was the Arab arrival that consolidated what is now the town of Alpandeire. Later, after its conquest by the Christians, it was annexed to Ronda; lived a repopulation after the expulsion of the Moriscos, and it was in 1815 when Alpandeire obtained the Royal Privilege of Villazgo, granted by Fernando VII as a reward for the behavior of their neighbors during the French domination.

In his most recent history, Alpandeire highlights a pastor who later joined the Order of the Capuchins, Fray Leopoldo de Alpandeire. Born in these lands in the mid-nineteenth century, which reached great popularity for his help to the needy. Both his grave in Granada and his birthplace in Alpandeire are very visited today.

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What to see in Alpandeire

A walk through the town of Alpandeire takes us into a maze of sloping streets around the side of a hill topped by the cemetery. In this walk we can find different attractions.

Church of Saint Antonio de Padua: It is the most important historical monument of Alpandeire and its surroundings. Considered "The Cathedral of the Serranía". It was built in the 16th century and restored in the 18th century. In its basements it houses an old cemetery.

Birth house of Fray Leopoldo: In Alpandeire is the home of Fray Leopoldo, the house where he lived, Villa Fría, and a sculpture located in El Cerrajón, on the outskirts of the town, are preserved.

Alfaguaras: It is the result when it rains torrentially for some days in Alpandeire, the water comes to the surface in great gusts forming the so-called Alfaguaras, the best known and spectacular is known as El Pozancón. These waters fall to a kilometer of Alpandeire, forming a cascade of about 50 m of great beauty known as Chorrera of Vasijas.

Fray Leopoldo viewpoint: It is located in a curve of the road that goes from Alpandeire to Faraján and where we can appreciate a statue of Fray Leopoldo.

Other natural places of great beauty are the Tajo del Castillejo, a large rock with caverns; the Top of Parrado, 100 meters deep and the Riscos and Cumbres of Jarastepar.

Other monuments of historical-artistic interest in Alpandeire are the Old Deposit dating from the 17th century, located in the center of Alpandeire and nowadays it is a cultural center; the Dolmens of Encinas Borrachas and Montero and the monolith of Fernando VII.

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What to do in Alpandeire

In Alpandeire we can make one of the different routes that it offers us to enjoy a connection with nature.

Fray Leopoldo route: It is a route of 12.6 km that crosses the Guadiaro Valley and the Genal Valley. It is about the route taken by Fray Leopoldo when he visited Alpandeire, his native town. He arrived at the station Jimera de Libar by train from Granada, went on foot to Atajate and from here he went to Alpandeire.

Quejigo Path: This is a linear path of approximately 1.5 km and its difficulty lies only in a small ascent around Alpandeire. It begins in the lower part of the town of Alpandeire and runs through olive groves at the beginning to enter later between cork oaks and oaks. We can appreciate at the beginning of the route "La Picota", memorial monument that Fernando VII granted to Alpandeire for the defense he showed in the Independence War. This trail continues to the Alfaguaras Stream, where the Quejiguillo Fountain is located with drinking water, and from here it returns to Alpandeire.

Path of Los Huertos: In its circular route we find fruit trees, chestnut trees and a large number of orchards and goes from Alpandeire to Los Huertos, returning again to Alpandeire. It has 4 km distance, a medium-low difficulty and needs an estimated time of completion of two hours.

Other interesting routes to visit in Alpandeire are the Pospitar path and El Peñoncillo linear path.

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Traditional festivities in Alpandeire

In Alpandeire we find different dates in which there are celebrations to enjoy a full visit.

Saint Roque patron festivities: Celebrated in mid-August, where the image of the saint goes out in procession through the streets of Alpandeire and there are plenty of Ronda’s songs and dances from the area.

Feast in tribute to Fray Leopoldo: It takes place on June 24 and it organizes several activities in Alpandeire.

Festivity of the Virgin of the Rosario: It is celebrated on October 7 with various activities by Alpandeire.

Feast of the Child of the Garden: Resurrection Sunday is celebrated in Alpandeire, where, apart from taking the image of Holy Child in procession, the selection of the butlers takes place.

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Gastronomy of Alpandeire

Among the local cuisine of Alpandeire, include rabbit with garlic, lamb in tomato sauce, hot gazpacho and cold gazpacho. In baking, the borrachuelos, the pestiños, the sighs, the milk donuts, the honey flowers, the gañotes, the figs spent in the sun with nuts and the dried apricots.

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