Alcaucín is located 54km from Malaga capital with a population of 2.239 inhabitants. The municipal term has a dimension of almost 45,1km square.
The origin of the name Alcaucín
Alcaucín comes from the Arabic al-qawsayn which means “the arches”, probably due to the existence of an aqueduct in the area.
Monuments and places of interest in Alcaucín
- Zalia Castle: Built by Phoenicians and rebuilt by the Arabs. The name of the castle comes from Queen Zalia who used to go down to the river daily to bathe. In 1485 after the reconquest the castle became a prison for the Moors who rebelled.
- Zalia City: The city of Zalia was in the area of the same name, at the gates of the Zafarraya Pass. It could be identified with the Phoenician city of Tágara.
- Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario: The temple located in the plaza de constitución was completed in 1732.
- Hermitage of Jesús del Calvario: Built in the 18th century in Baroque style.
- Fountain of the five pipes: No exact date of its construction is known. Legend says if you drink from the middle pipe you will meet a young man/girl from the village.
- El Alcázar Recreational Area: This is a recreational area with good facilities, located on the bank of the Alcaucín river, which with its small waterfalls and the thick vegetation that surrounds it are some of the natural attractions of this charming, charming place.