Inland Lifestyle

Handmade shades in the streets of Alhaurin de la Torre.

When temperatures start to go up, it’s not uncommon for the townhalls to install sunshades to protect their residents from the heat.

In Alhaurin de la Torre, plastic shades have been put up across the central areas for many years, but since 2 years resident and visitors won’t be able to help notice a difference.

Seven women, plus their crochet teacher, Eva Pacheco, have spent months weaving new sunshades for the town centre. The idea originated from the council’s Environment department who wanted, on one hand, to reduce plastic usage and, on the other, find a more decorative solution to the problem, bearing in mind that the town’s annual fair is coming up shortly.

It is a good concept for the change of single-use decoration and therefore set out to find a crochet teacher and set up a municipal workshop especially for the project.

The women worked at “good speed” to meet the this month’s deadline and have produced sunshades covering a total of 500 square metres, each 84 metres long and seven metres wide. The workshop began in January and seven local women signed up, the youngest aged 48 and the oldest, Magdalena, aged 94.

Enjoy below a walking tour of Alhaurin de la Torre and fall in love with town!

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