The attractive town of Archidona is a well-kept secret in the interior of Malaga province. Located in the northwest of the province, in the foothills of the Sierra de Gracia, this inland town has a rich historical and cultural heritage, which makes it an ideal destination for a weekend break.
Officially declared to be a Historic-Artistic Site in 1980 due to the town’s cultural heritage and baroque architecture, many tourists visit because it is a place full of history, which is evident in its streets and buildings. However, many visitors also choose it for its spectacular scenery and natural environment.
Visit its impressive monuments
The Plaza Ochavada, built in 1786, is one of the most iconic places in Archidona. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of baroque Andalusian urban architecture and is an essential stop during your visit to the town. In addition, the many bars and restaurants that surround it mean you can take in its great atmosphere while savouring a drink on its terraces.
The remains of the Castle and the defensive walls built in the 9th century are the main examples of its civil architecture, and these also display the great splendour of the al-Ándalus era.
Religious monuments are another of its attractions. One of these is the Ermita de la Virgen de Gracia (Hermitage of the Virgin of Grace), an example of how the different cultures co-existed in Archidona. Another is the Convent of Santo Domingo, which was founded in 1531 and currently houses the “Convento de Santo Domingo” Hotel School. We also recommend visiting another three churches, the 16th century Iglesia de la Victoria, the Iglesia de Jesús Nazareno and the Iglesia de Santa Ana, as well as the 18th century Hermitage of San Antonio.
As well as having an important monumental legacy, Archidona is located in a zone of great environmental wealth. The areas of ecological interest include the Lagunas de Archidona Natural Reserve, with its saltwater lakes, declared a Natural Reserve of Andalusia, and the Hoz de Marín, a verdant forest which has a magnificent recreational zone that makes a great family day out.
Dining and going for tapas in Archidona
Archidona is certainly notable for its spectacular al-Ándalus monuments and its wonderful streets. However, your visit to this small inland Costa del Sol town will also be memorable for the excellent Andalusian dishes served in its bars and restaurants. Therefore, we recommend that during your visit you take time to enjoy the excellent cuisine offered by the town’s various establishments.