Route of Al - Idrisi
The Moors entered Europe at a place now known as
Algeciras; in Granada they had their last stronghold. Many towers
and fortifications all along this route testify to their influence.
Also, the growing of such exotic fruits as the sugar cane (between
Málaga and Motril) is an effect of Moorish farming techniques.
Today the region of Marbella is a booming tourist and holiday
The route is named after the Arab geographer Al Idrisi and connects Algeciras with Granada. The main part of the itinerary follows the coastline from the Straits of Gibraltar and Motril, before it turns north passing the Lecrín valley and ends close to the Sierra Nevada summits in Granada. Excursions to the natural parks Los Alcornocales and Montes de Málaga, Sierra Nevada with its southern part, the Alpujarra.
From Algeciras along the coast until Motril. Then it continues to the north until Granada. Between Estepona and Málaga there is a motorway.
Distance approx. 330 Km / 205 Miles
Algeciras (Miles 0; 108,800 Inhabitants)
Port town; Entrance place of the Moorish in the year 711. Plaza Alta close to the San Isidro quarter; Church Nuestra Señora de la Palma
Excursion: Natural park Los Alcornocales (turn off at Los Barrios)
San Roque (Miles 9; 25,150 Inhabitants)
famous for its golf courses. Roman remains; Church Santa María Coronada
Excursion: Gibraltar (approx. 10 miles)
Estepona (Miles 40; 47,700 Inhabitants)
Marina port town on the feet of the Sierra Bermeja. Plaza de las Flores; Remains of a castle; Church Nuestra Señora de los Remedios
San Pedro de Alcántara (Miles
Basilica de Vega del Mar (6th century); outside the village: Villa Romana de Rio Verde (Roman remains)
Marbella (Miles 60; 116,250 Inhabitants)
International centre of tourism. Historical old part of the town; Plaza de los Naranjos; Casa del Corregidor; Hermitage Nuestro Señor Santiago; Church Santa María de la Encarnación;
3 Miles west: Marina "Puerto Banús"
Fuengirola (Miles 79; 57,100 Inhabitants)
Tourist place with a 5 miles long beach walk. Santa Fé de los Boliches quarter (archaeological remains) with the Sohai castle in its back
Málaga (Miles 99; 547,100
Birth place of Pablo Picasso and main Andalusian airport for tourism. Among other things are worth seeing: Cathedral and the Alcazaba (fortification)
Nerja (Miles 132; 17,650 Inhabitants)
beautiful small town. View point: Balcón de Europa; Old part of the town with the Salvador church
Maro (Miles 135) 2,5 miles east
with the important cave "Cueva de Nerja"
Almuñecar (Miles 146; 23,400
village located on the feet of the Sierra Almijara mountains. Roman Arab fortress San Miguel; Archaeological museum; Botanic garden El Majuelo
Salobreña (Miles 155; 11,100
Seaside village located amidst sugar cane and fruit fields. Restored castle; historical centre of the town; Virgen del Rosario church.
Motril (Miles 162; 53,600 Inhabitants)
Main town of the Costa Tropical and centre of the sugar cane production. Town hall in Baroque style; Churches de la Encarnación, del Carmen
The route continues passing some smaller settlements
Vélez de Benaudalla (Miles
170; 2,500 Inhabitants)
Mondújar (Miles 181)
Roman baths "de la Villa de Feche";
Excursion to the water reservoir "Embalse de Béznar"
Padul (Miles 190; 7,150 Inhabitants)
A spring called los cinco caños
Granada (Miles 205; 237,700
Capital of the last Moorish kingdom and final stronghold: Al-Andalus. Fantastic view of the Alhambra with the snow covered Sierra Nevada mountains in the background.