With a population of 5.000 inhabitants, Algarrobo, although being a costal town, it has its town centre in the interior, at three kilometres from the coast, exactly on the hillside that goes up to the Shrine of San Sebastián.
The first evidence of urban settlements, dating from the Bronze Age, were found in “El Morro de Mezquitilla”. However, it is the archaeological sites located in the necropolis of Trayamar that has attracted the most attention of visitors and investigators alike, since it has the Western Mediterranean´s most important complex of Paleopunic tombs, dating from the Seventh Century B.C.
It was the arabs, specifically the members of the Berber tribe, Beni Tumi, who gave the name to “La Sierra de Bentomiz”. And towards the end of the Fifteenth Century, the town of Algarrobo passed onto Doña Catalina de Ribera, who had to confront the Moorish revolt and its subsequent expulsion.
Apart from the archaeological sites, places worth visiting are the Shrine of San Sebastián and the Parish Church of Santa Ana, built in the Sixteenth Century.
The popular festivities are celebrated during the last fortnight in August and at the beginning of the year, precisely on the 20th of January, the town shows its best face in order to celebrate the festivities in honour of its Patron Saint, San Sebastián.
In its confectionery, it is the famous cakes that take the town´s name and “los roscos de aceite”, of clear Arabic origin, which stands out. Furthermore, as more elaborated dishes, “el potaje algarrobeño”, goat basted in garlic, fennel stew and the cold garlic and almond soup stand out. And, of course, in the coast, los “espetos de sardines” and “la moraga de pescado”.