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Mollina Andalucia

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There has been a human settlement on the site of this small town (current population just over 4,800) since Neolithic times. Just 15km north-west of Antequera on the A92, on the lower slopes of the Sierra de Mollina, this is set in perfect olive and cereal country. It is also a mere ten km from the Laguna de Fuente de la Piedra lake, famous for its pink flamingos.

Quick information about Mollina, Málaga:

4.800 residents

Schools

Antequera 16km Málaga 65km Granada 110km Sevilla 145km

65km to Malaga

Health clinic

Municipal pool

Beach 1h

110km to Granada

Shops, Bars, Restaurants

Golf nearby

Bus service

145km to Sevilla

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Local Information

Ayuntamiento de Mollina

Calle de La Villa, 3 29532 Mollina, Màlaga, Spain Telephone: 952-740-044

http://www.mollina.org/

Mollina information

The name derives in fact from a milling tower, the Torre Mollina (similar to the Costa's Torremolinos), which vanished some time in the Middle Ages. An alternative theory claims the name originates with its Roman rulers and derives from the Latin 'mollis', suave, or bland.

Little remains of either Neolithic or Roman Mollina, beyond some Neolithic artefacts found in the neighbouring Sierra de la Camorra, and, seven km from Mollina itself, the rectangular shaped Roman mausoleum of La Capuchina.

Four km outside town there are the ruins of the fort of Castellum of Santillán, originally a settlement built around a Roman villa and surrounding outbuildings covering an area of 1400 square metres. The Castellum was later reinforced with defensive walls, a sign of the upheavals in this part of Andalucia in Roman times.

The present town, however, dates mainly from a more peaceful time, the 16th century, when the Reconquest was won and the lands parcelled out for farming to the victors. Thus the peacetime Mollina grew up around a convent, the Convent de la Ascension, rather than a fortified encampment like many Andalucian towns. (Don't miss the handsome sundial on the covent façade.) At its agricultural peak, Mollina's olive groves were so productive that the parish church of San Cayetano, built in 1687, was changed to Nuestra Señora de la Oliva.

Mollina won independence from nearby Antequera at the beginning of the 19th century, although at that time Andalucia's agriculture was in decline. Since the 1960s, the population has dwindled as the young head to the coast to work. Yet Mollina still produces a surprising 80 per cent of the wine made in the province of Málaga.

The main hotel (there are only two), the hotel Molino del Saydo, a few kilometres south, is an example of a typical Spanish roadside hotel that has suffered from the loss of passing traffic, following the construction of the A92 Seville-Granada motorway in the early 1990s.

Mollina has four major annual festivals. The Candelaria, or candle-lit procession, is celebrated on the first day of February, and in May there is a Romería, or procession into the country, in honour of the Virgen de la Oliva. The town's summer feria is early, in the second week of August, but that is perhaps to make way for possibly the most important festival, the wine harvest festival, or Feria de la Vendimia, in the second week of September.

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