If you are looking for rustic Spanish property, Alozaina is ideally located in the foothills of the Sierra de las Nieves and is considered to be one of the most beautiful inland villages in Spain.
It is one of the eight ‘pueblo blancos’ situated adjacent to the Sierra de las Nieves national park, with around 2,000 inhabitants. The village is small, with whitewashed houses adorned with colourful blooms and it has a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere, making it ideal as a permanent base or for a holiday home in Spain.
Steeped in Moorish history, there is an ongoing debate as to whether its name ‘Alozaina’ is a derivative of the Arabic word for small castle or if it is a combination of ‘alto’ and ‘zaina’, referring to mountains and healthy air. Both could be true, there is a famous 14th century castle and an Arabic arch and the town is surrounded by undulating hills bursting with olive groves, mangos, avocados and citrus trees as far as the eye can see. If you want the best views you should head up to Parque Mirador.
There are plenty of other interesting historical monuments to see, such as the Tower of María Sagredo, Arch of Alozaina, El Albar fountain, the old town and the Hornacina Santa Cruz a sacred site adorned with flowers by the villagers. Not quite so long ago, in 1998 the village earned its place in more recent Spanish history when it was the site of the first Spanish referendum on the reduction of working hours.
At the heart of village there are the usual amenities such as supermarkets, schools and a choice of restaurants and bars offering everything from traditional Spanish tapas to fine dining, vegetarian and pizzas. You will never be short of places to while away the hot sunny days and warm nights, with a cold drink and you will never be short of places to while away the time with a cold drink and delicious food. It is definitely the place to experience a slice of authentic Spanish life and to adopt a much more relaxed slower pace.
One of the attractions for anyone looking for rural houses for sale in Andalucia is that they offer the best of both worlds…if you fancy a dip in the sea you can jump in the car and be on one of the Costa del Sol’s stunning beaches in under one hour. Alozaina is also only 50kms from Malaga international airport which is great for quick and easy access.