Pizarra is a charming white village in Southern Spain located in the Guadalhorce Valley along the train route from Alora and Malaga. As with many inland rural villages in Andalusia, Pizarra is surrounded by forests, almond and olive groves, and surprisingly there are even some more typically Australian eucalyptus trees!
Although relatively small, there are many attractions that make Pizarra the perfect place to relocate or to own a holiday home in Southern Spain. Every village has its monuments and Pizarra doesn’t disappoint…amongst the whitewashed houses there are several landmarks of interest, such as the Counts of Puerto Hermoso’s Palace which back in the day played host to King Alfonso XIII of Spain. More recently, the town provided a long-term home to the acclaimed US contemporary artist Gino Hollander, and today there is a museum dedicated to his works.
Tourists visiting the area usually head up to El Chorro national park, reputed to be one of Andalusia’s most beautiful, and most photographed, natural landscapes. Just 20kms to the north, El Chorro is also where you will find ‘El Caminito del Rey’ the world-famous elevated pathway precariously clinging to the cliff face. At one stage it was considered to be the most dangerous walkway, today after extensive repairs it is just known as the most popular and is a major tourist attraction in the area. The perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to get in touch with nature.
The highlight of the village calendar is the flamenco festival in honour of the Virgin of Fuensanta held in August every year. There is even a raffle to win a place in the procession carrying the model of the Virgin. There are many others including San Blas, Semana Santa, San Juan and more…needless to say, all visitors are welcome to get involved in the festivities.
You could say that Pizarra offers the perfect antidote to hectic city life; providing the peace of the countryside, yet just 30kms from Malaga city centre and international airport. And if you fancy a swim and to feel sand between your toes, the beaches of the Costa del Sol can be reached in less than 1 hour.