Villanueva de Algaidas is located in the north-eastern region of Málaga, Nororma, rich with historical sites and country landscapes. Boundless olive groves and cereal fields dominate the landscape, peppered with white farmhouses. Given its geographical features, the area is perfect to go hiking or mountain biking. The original core of town was a Franciscan convent whose ruins are still a tourist attraction. In addition, visitors can see two Mozarabic cave shrines, a prehistoric burial site and the Berrocal Museum.
The Franciscan Convent of Nuestra Señora de la Consolación was established by the first Duke of Osuna in 1566. Only part of the church and the dome has come down to us, along with a few chapels and frescoes. The ruins, however, do take visitors five centuries back in time.
Not far from the convent ruins there are two ninth-century cave shrines. Featuring half-barrel vaults, they were Mozarabic temples. The larger nave has a font carved out of the rock. It must have been a vestry or baptistery.
A series of 3,500-year-old tombs carved in the rock make the Los Alcaides Necropolis, lying 3km away from town. The site attests to the presence of man in the area since the Chalcolithic. Archaeological evidence from prehistoric times was also found in the caves in Sierra de Arcas and Sierra del Pedroso.
Archaeology buffs usually trail to Cerro de la Villeta, where archaeologists unearthed a Copper Age workshop. Also, to the south of Las Peñas, there are the remains of a threshing floor from Roman times. The site affords majestic views of the olive tree ‘ocean’ spanning the eastern part of the municipality.
The bridge across the Bebedero stream has existed since medieval times. It connects the two population centres of the district of La Atalaya. Its robust foundations are constructed in ashlar masonry bound by mortar. The bridge features a central, larger, span and two smaller ones at the sides.
There are three country shrines in Villanueva de Algaidas. The Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Socorro, the oldest of the three, was built in the eighteenth century. The other two, more modern, are dedicated to María Inmaculada and Nuestra Señora de Fátima.
Some of the most remarkable works by Miguel Ortiz Berrocal can be seen in his museum in Villanueva de Algaidas. Visitors are allowed to touch them, for the artist intended them to do so.
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