Guaro

Situated at a little over 40 kms from Malaga, Guaro is the doorway to the Parque Natural Sierra de las Nieves, considered by the UNESCO as Reserva de la Biosfera. It is a town with steep and narrow streets, a legacy from its Arabic past. With a population of 2.000 inhabitants, it is a splendid starting point to embark on numerous routes through mountainous landscapes, ideal for the practice of various sports. Within its district, the highest peak in the province and one of the deepest caves in the world can be found.

The origins of the town date back to the Paleolithic Era. It was inhabited by both Romans and Arabs, civilizations that left traces of their presence in Ardite, El Polvillar and in the settlement of Guaro El Viejo. In 1648, the country of Guaro is created; a country town by the privilege decreed upon by King Felipe IV. Interesting places to be visited are the Parish Church of San Miguel built in 1505, and the Shrines of El Sanctuario de la Cruz del Puerto, and of San Isidro.

The town’s Patron Saint is La Inmaculada Concepción and Las Mayordomas is celebrated in her honour on the 7th and 8th of December. In mid-May, the Romería of San Isidro takes place and in August, the main festivities of the town. In order to make the native products of its cuisine, Guaro knows how to mix the traditional with the technical; hence, all the derivates of the almond: tortas, bocaditos, mantecadas and roscos, are significant and of great renown.