Archidona is a beautiful and historic town…
centred on the 18th century Plaza Ochavada and overlooked by the stunning hilltop Sanctuary of La Virgen de Gracia and Moorish castle. Once the capital of Málaga province during Moorish rule, Washingtion Irving describes the town and its rich Moorish heritage in his famous Tales of the Alhambra, which is now listed on the same official tourist route. A maze of atmospheric streets and alleyways surround the centre of town, with beautiful architecture and views across the sierra beyond town.
The Convento de Las Monjas Mínimas is one of the few closed orders left in Spain, and the patron saint of the town, whose portrait is housed in a sanctuary high above the town looking across the valley, is celebrated every September. There are numerous other festivals throughout the year, including Carnavales, Carnival in February, Semana Santa, one of the most spectacular Easter celebrations in Andalucía that last a full two weeks, and a traditional Feria in August. The capital of the North Eastern region of Málaga province, it is bordered by several other interesting towns, many of which boast excellent walking routes, local cuisine, olive oil production and even the museum and workshop of world renowned sculptor, Miguel Berrocal, in nearby Villanueva de Algaidas; see www.berrocal.net.
Have a look at the video below to discover more about Archidona: