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Spotlight on Pizarra


Pizarra is a town and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. The municipality is situated approximately 30 kilometers from Málaga. It is located in the center of the province and belongs to the comarca of Valle del Guadalhorce. It covers an area of approximately 64 km2 and has a population of around 9300. Its name translates to “slate” or “blackboard”

One place to visit 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 town. Beginning in the 1960s he amassed an impressive array of archæological artefacts from many eras, including the Roman and the Moorish. When he eventually left Spain to return to America, his collection came into the hands of the local authorities, who took over a disused farm complex and turned it into the museum.
Although the museum no longer bears Hollander’s name, as it once did, it still denotes one of its two rooms as “Gino Hollander’s Room”, and includes numerous examples of his painting. The items on view are eclectic, ranging from Iberian brooches and Roman and Moorish pottery to almost contemporary rural furniture and farm implements. Attached to the museum is a bar restaurant serving a variety of food, which makes a trip to the site extremely rewarding.

Although on the surface Pizarra appears to be a laidback Andalusian village, scratch the surface and you will find a surprising number of cafes, bars and restaurants, more than you will find in your typical whitewashed pueblo.
There is of course typical Malagueñan cuisine on offer, tapas, seafood, etc, but you will also find restaurants serving British, French and Italian restaurants and even more astonishing are the options for a night filled with music and dance, with several nightclubs and disco bars in the town. Here you will have a good opportunity to mix with the locals and have a fun night out, Andalusian-style.

Pizarra has local Spanish schools plus an international school called Sunland

In honour of the Virgen de la Fuensanta, a flamenco festival is held during the month of August, as well as a festival combing religious elements with the fun activities in the Pizarra Festival. During the procession of the Virgen, there is a raffle (“”la Rifa””) a uniquely Andalusian tradition, in which the worshippers compete for the beams of the throne by buying tickets moments before for a symbolic price.

A little over a month after the start of a new year, in Pizarra you can enjoy the San Blas festivity, an event in which each neighbour visits the convent with a rosca, a doughnut shaped cake, that must be blessed by the saint. On the 28th of this month, San Blas is transferred along with the pilgrims to the Gibralmora mountains.

Easter Week in Pizarra is celebrated with great devotion among local residents. After the Palm Sunday blessing, the confraternities coordinate the display of their respective images until, on Easter Sunday, The Resurrection brings an end to the Passion Week festivities.

In Pizarra, you can experience the San Juan festival in traditional Malaga style, with the burning of the Júas, large cloth figures filled with sawdust paper and other combustible material, and the town is brought to life with music played by different groups. The following day a gathering takes place next to the river, and all visitors are invited to join in the festivities.

Pizarra enjoys the sub-tropical Mediterranean climate, which has hot summers and warm winters. Divided from the sea by the mountains means the heat can soar in summer, but it remains comfortable for the most part. Temperatures are an average of 32 ºC in summer.

It also has a train service that runs from Ronda to Malaga stopping at Pizarra station.

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