Alpandeire village, adding charm to the Genal Valley, highlighting its peculiar church and homeland of Blessed Fray Leopoldo.
Where is Alpandeire located
Alpandeire is located 121km from Malaga capital with a population of 260 inhabitants. The municipal term has a dimension of almost 31,3km square.
Denonym of the people of Alpandeire
The inhabitants are called “pandito or pandita“.
Origin of the name of the Alpandeire
The name comes from the Andalusian Arabic “Pandayri / Pandayre“.
Monuments and places of interest de Alpandeire
- Church of San Antonio de Padua: Also known with the nickname of «Catedral de la Serranía». Built in the middle of the 16th century and restored in the 18th century. In the basements of the interior there is an old cemetery. In the Pantheon of the church there are two mummies in good condition.
- Fray Leopoldo’s birthplace: Fray Leopoldo was born in Alpandeire, a beggar friar who ended up on the streets of Granada, an example of service, obedience and love for God who spent his life serving the poorest.
- Statue of Fray Leopoldo: Located near his birthplace, this monument inaugurated in 2009 commemorates his most universally known neighbor.
- Monument of Fray Leopoldo: Located on the MA-7302 road just outsideside the village there is a viewpoint over the town with a statue of the Fray looking over his native land.
- The french wall (Muro de los franceses): The town participated very actively in the War of Independence against the French. The Spanish general Francisco Javier de Abadía ordered to build a wall in 1810 with a length of 1,400 meters. The purpose of the wall was to stop the French cavalry heading towards the Campo de Gibraltar. The French managed to overcome the wall and conquered the village.
- Dolmens of Encinas Borrachas: Located 10 km from the town on the A-369 road. Megalithic burials, a tomb where five individuals were found, two women and three men. This burial place indicates that there were already populations in this area 3000 years BC.