The emplacements in this region go back as far as prehistoric times, which leads us to think of an historical evolution in the Algarrobo basin, especially at the mouth, near to which you can find El Morro de Mezquitilla - a prehistoric, protohistoric and Roman settlement which is the most ancient material testimony of human occupation in Algarrobo. If El Morro de Mezquitilla is important to understand its past, we cannot forget the necropolis of Trayamar, a set of tombs that stretch from the Trayamar country estate up onto a nearby hill. Subsequently Greeks and Romans occupied the region, but the Arabs were responsible for the current settlement, tracing out its streets and physiognomy. During this period, the economy of the region was based on the production of silk, figs, almonds and grapevines, which turned it into a prosperous town.
The surrender of Velez-Malaga in 1487 marked the end of the Arab domination of the region. When the Moors were expelled, the area was repopulated by the Christians bewteen the years of 1572 and 1573. Today there are approximately 5000 inhabitants. Algarrobo is a beautiful town, with an economy based on early greenhouse cultivated crops, coastal fishing and more recently - tropical fruits such as kiwi, lychee, avocado and mango.