© Michelle Chaplow Palacio de los Condes de Puerto-Hermoso
Palacio de los Condes de Puerto-Hermoso


Pizarra is a tiny town lying 30 kilometres upriver in the Guadalhorce valley at the foot of the 350 metre high Sierra del Hacho. Still a largely farming community, it has so far managed to avoid the threat of absorption by the spreading metropolis of Málaga in spite of the recent appearance of the two commuter settlements of Zalea and Cerralba on its western face.

One place that is most definitely open to the public is Pizarra's Municipal Museum. The village owes this jewel in its crown to the American painter Gino Hollander, who spent many years in the… More →



Neither the Romans nor the Moors made very much of Pizarra and it had to wait for the coming of the Christian era to get its real start. In 1483 a hundred settlers arrived, led by the indefatigable Don Pedro Romero de Figueroa, and determined to build a town. The reason for the reluctance of earlier people to put down roots in the spot was an eminently practical one. High above it was a huge, unstable rock, forever threatening to crash down upon them. The rock, known as the peñasco, was more than 5000 cubic metres in volume and weighed almost 3000 tons. It continued to threaten those brave, crazy or fatalistic enough to live beneath it until 1988 when, after it showed definite signs of cracking, the authorities finally blew it up.

It was still there in 1922 when the palace of the Conde de Puerto Hermos was used for the Conference of Pizarra, when leading politicians and soldiers gathered in an attempt to find a solution to the war then raging in Spanish Morocco. The count had built his palace in the 19th Century, after buying the land cheaply. The palace still stands in the centre of town, but is in private hands and not open to the public.

Pizarra should be congratulated on making the most of its unexpected legacy. Now that the war in Spanish Morocco is long ended, the palace of Conde de Puerto Hermos is no longer required by the politicians in far off Madrid, and Pizarra lives its quiet life unhurriedly in the sunshine.

Pizarra - Hotels 

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Finca La Pimienta

Located in Pizarra in the Andalucía region, Finca La Pimienta offers accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. The country house, set in a building dating from 1949, is 38 km from Automobile and Fashion Museum and 39 km from Malaga Cathedral. The property is non-smoking and is set 37 km from Malaga María Zambrano Train Station.

Casa Miguel

Situated in Pizarra, 26 km from Torremolinos, Casa Miguel features an outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi.

All units have a terrace and a satellite TV, as well as air conditioning.

Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a à la carte breakfast.

Casa Dilica

Situated just 26 km from Malaga María Zambrano Train Station, Casa Dilica features accommodation in Pizarra with access to a bar, a shared lounge, as well as a shared kitchen. This beachfront property offers access to a patio, darts, free private parking and free WiFi.

Posada Los Cantaros

Set in a 19th-century country house, Posada Los Cantaros has an outdoor pool and gardens. The air-conditioned rooms include free Wi-Fi and a TV with DVD player.

Posada Los Cántaros offers superb views of Andalusia’s Sierra de las Nieves Mountains. It is less than 40 km from Málaga and the beaches of the Costa del Sol.

Casa de la Vida Málaga

Situated in Pizarra, 38 km from Torremolinos, Casa de la Vida Málaga features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi.

Some accommodation includes a patio with pool views, a fully equipped kitchen and a private bathroom with shower.

Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a buffet breakfast.

Casa rural la Estrella

Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, pool view and a patio, Casa rural la Estrella is situated in Pizarra. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi. Malaga Cathedral is 35 km away and Port of Malaga is 35 km from the country house.

Finca la Jabaluna

Finca la Jabaluna is set in Pizarra and offers a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden and a terrace. The property is 40 km from Torremolinos and free private parking is featured.

This country house is fitted with 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with a fridge and an oven, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom equipped with a bath.



There is a hourly local train service from Alhora to centre of Malaga.