Alameda

A town with five thousand inhabitants, shares with many other places in the map the conditions of crossroads. Situated towards the northern region of Antequera, between Málaga, Sevilla and Granada, it was already a strategic place in Roman times, with the three most important roads coming together at its boundary. This strategic condition was maintained for centuries, it continued being a necessary stopping place for stagecoaches, and travellers, who would use it as a rest from their exhausting travels and, on many occasions, would be victims of ambushes by famous bandits such as “El Tempranillo”, whose mortal remains lie in the town church. Nowadays, it is obviously less dangerous and uncertain to get there, the main road of Mollina, with the alternative of the N- 311 between Córdoba and Málaga, offering us the most comfortable access.

For those interested in archaeology, Alameda has an important necropolis dating from the Early Palaeolithic era (2.500 BC) and with Neolithic ceramic remains, proof that this place was a base for early human settlement since prehistoric times. More recent are the Roman baths, “La Fuente de la Placeta”, built during the reign of Carlos III, and the church of “La Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción”, with a marked baroque style.

Not anyone coming with the aim of entertainment will be disappointed. The events start with “La Noche de la Candelaria” (2nd February), and continue in May with the Romería of San Isidro. And, obviously, the culmination in summer putting matters to a close with the fair in August.

The almond and garlic sauces (salsa de almendra y ajo), the hare with rice (arroz con liebre), the porrides (las gachas), the custards (las natillas), the rice puddings (arroz con leche) and the typical home- made confectionery primarily “pestiños”, “roscos mostachones” and home- made Christmas sweets (mantecados), will delight many a lover of good cuisine.