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 Sun and Sand
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  Tourist Guide 16   www.visitcostadelsol.com
                                                                                    the hard work and dedication of staff and managers who are truly aware of
                                                                                    how important their work is.

                                                                                    Andalusian beaches have been turned into areas for visitors to rest and
                                                                                    enjoy: peddle-boats, roller skates, jet-skis, beach chairs, kiosks, beach
                                                                                    restaurants which are synonym with fun and laughter: the gentle caress of
                                                                                    the sea breeze stays with our customers throughout the year, like a memory
                                                                                    that also entices them to return the following summer. Even months after the
      AEPLAYAS                                                                      tan has worn off, the sun continues to nourish you with its energy week after
      Asociacion de Empresarios de Playas de          Sun and San. This term,       week, bringing the strength needed to face the monotony of the daily grind
      la Provincia de Málaga - Costa del Sol    which travel experts use to         with the hope of returning to Estepona, Mijas, or Torrox... Ah, the Costa del
      Address: Paseo Marítimo Ciudad de         refer to a specific travel market   Sol, the warmth of its people, the beauty of its coves!
      Melilla, 17 1 A. 29016 Málaga             segment, means more than just
      Telephone: 952 210 037                    that. Sun and sand means            In addition, there's the staff and managers' effort and dedication; they're
      Chairman: Miguel Arrabal Garcia           happiness, holidays, children       committed to satisfying your need for fun and relaxation, and guaranteeing
                                                playing… the whole family           safety… a missing child, a lost bag, a broken-down vehicle… the beach
    enjoying their well-deserved rest after a whole year of monotony and hard       restaurants and beach chair hire firms' staff will always be ready to help. It's
    work. The sand on our coastline bears witness to continuous joy and leisure.    a whole world designed for pleasure and peace. We've been here for you
                                                                                    for years, and we will stay here for years to come with the sole purpose of
    Since its establishment in 1977, the Asociación Provincial de Empresarios       making all our visitors have the idea that we have succeeded in our mission:
    de Playa de la Provincia de Málaga- Costa del Sol, all our members have         a tanned smile shaped by sun and salt.
    been working to continue improving the services offered to all our visitors,
    Spanish and foreign alike. The cleanliness and beauty of our beaches have                                                              Miguel Arrabal García
    a great ally in our associates: sunbathers' rest and satisfaction depend on                                                             Chairman of Aeplayas


2    www.visitcostadelsol.com           index           editorial       . Aeplayas                                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                                                 The 160 km of coastline that make up the Costa del Sol offer numerous
                                                                                 services. Its beaches, warmed by Mediterranean climate with an average
                                                                                 temperature of 25ºC in summer, feature an amazing range of different
                                                                                 landscapes and scenery. This remarkable
                                                                                 geography surrounds and protects the Costa del Sol, making this stretch
                                                                                 of coastline a tourist destination all year round.

                                                                                 Year after year, the beach services offered have been awarded the
      FAEPLAYAS                                                                  European Union Blue Flag for its outstanding characteristics, beach
      Federación Andaluza de Empresarios de Playas                               restaurants, which are ideal places to enjoy the local cuisine, based
      Address: Paseo Ciudad de Melilla, 17, 1 A                                  around fresh fish caught at dawn and cooked in a variety of styles. Our
      29016 Málaga                                                               barbequed or fried fish, for instance, are particularly delicious. In addition,
      Telephone: 952 210 037                                                     visitors can hire beach chairs, enjoy bar service, use the showers, life
      Chairman: Norberto del Castillo Rodríguez                                  guard service, and facilities for water sports.

                                                                                 On the other hand, the Costa del Sol also has other beaches which are
           The Costa del Sol is one of the most important "Sun and Sand"         tucked away, far from the crowds: quaint little coves, sweeping dunes,
    destinations all over the world. From Manilva to Nerja, a wide fan of        nude beaches… visitors to the Costa del Sol are seduced by the whole
    beaches opens up to make up Andalusia's key tourist attractions. For         package, the quality of our clean sand, our natural wonders and the ever-
    decades, the coastline of the province of Málaga has been one of the         inviting Mediterranean sea.
    most popular destinations with Spanish and foreign tourists, thanks to its
    climate, brilliant sunlight, calm and warm waters, and beautiful
    landscapes, with numerous beaches dotted between the mountains and                                                                 Norberto del Castillo
    the sea.                                                                                                                          Chairman of Faeplayas


3    www.visitcostadelsol.com           index           editorial       . Faeplayas                                            Málaga, Sun and Sand
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                                                                                                                         Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                                                              . ALGARROBO
                                                                                          . BENALMÁDENA
                                                                                       . CASARES
                                                                                     . ESTEPONA
                                                                                    . FUENGIROLA
                                                                                   . MÁLAGA
                                                                                  . MANILVA
                                                                                  . MARBELLA
                                                                                   . MIJAS
                                                                                    . NERJA
                                                                                      . RINCÓN DE LA VICTORIA
                                                                                        . TORREMOLINOS
                               COSTA DEL SOL PROVINCIAL TOURIST BOARD
                                Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de la Costa
                                                    del Sol
                                            C/ México s/n, 4ª planta
                                 29620 TORREMOLINOS- MÁLAGA- ESPAÑA                        . TORROX
                                                                                               . VÉLEZ - MÁLAGA
                                         Telephone: (+34) 952 058 694
                                      Fax: (+34) 952 050 311 / 952 370 406
                                        Email: info@visitacostadelsol.com
                                       Website: www.visitcostadelsol.com
                                                                                                    . APPENDIX:BLUE FLAG BEACHES AND MARINAS

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                                                          index . Algarrobo                                      TOURIST BOARD &
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                                                                                                   Málaga, Sun and Sand

                                                                        This small town has a population of 5,000. It covers an
                                                                    area of less than 10 km2 and stretches over a land where the
                                                                mountains of Axarquía gradually roll down to the sea. The town
                                                              centre of Algarrobo, with its Moorish layout, is 3 km from the coast,
                                                            and the beach area is currently being developed.



                                                      .    Algarrobo

                                                      .   Mezquitilla




5   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Index:   Algarrobo                              Málaga, Sun and Sand
    a  LGARROBO BEACH                                                                        Algarrobo
                                                                 Description:
                                                                 The River Algarrobo separates Mezquitilla beach and the swimming
                                                                 area of the same name on Málaga's coast. 3.5 km from the town
                                                                 centre, several rows of beachfront apartment blocks have been
                                                                 built.

                                                                 Type of beach: urban
                                                                 Blue Flag: no

                                                                 Width: 20 m
                                                                 Length: 800 m
                                                                 Surface material: sand, gravel

                                                                 Sand colour: dark
                                                                 Swell: moderate
                                                                 Level of occupancy: high

                                                                 Closest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

                                                                 Nude beach: no
        District: Algarrobo
        Town: Algarrobo                                          Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                 sports equipment hire, toilets, showers, lifeguard station, rubbish
                                                                 bins, parking area, cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                 surveillance.



6   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Algarrobo   Beach                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
    m     EZQUITILLA BEACH                                                                  Algarrobo
                                                               Description:
                                                               This wide beach is dotted with small beachfront houses and
                                                               numerous farms.

                                                               Type of beach: urban
                                                               Blue Flag: no

                                                               Width: 20 m
                                                               Length: 650 m
                                                               Surface material: sand, gravel

                                                               Sand colour: dark
                                                               Swell: moderate
                                                               Level of occupancy: medium

                                                               Closest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

                                                               Nude beach: no
       District: Algarrobo
       Town: Algarrobo                                         Facilities and services: beach chair and sports equipment hire,
                                                               lifeguard station, rubbish bins, cleaning service, public telephone,
                                                               security surveillance.




7   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Mezquitilla   Beach                            Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                           USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                           Surface area: 9.70 km2
                                                           Population: around 5,000
                                                           Name given to the local people: algarrobeños
                                                           Location: on the Axarquía coast, 32 km from Málaga City. The town centre
                                                           is 3 km from the coast, 86 m above sea level. Average annual rainfall is 610
                                                           l/m², and average temperature is around 18.5º C.
                                                           What to see: Parish Church of Santa Ana, Chapel of San Sebastián,
                                                           watchtowers, archaeological remains at Trayamar (Phoenician).
                                                           Tourist Information: Town Hall, C/ Antonio Ruiz Rivas, 2 (29750).
                                                           Tel.: 95 255 24 30; fax: 95 255 24 23




                               Algarrobo
8   www.visitcostadelsol.com    index   editorial   . Algarrobo                                          Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                 This small district (less than 10 km2) spreads across     After Vélez surrendered to the Christian troops in 1487,
                               a region where the slopes of the Axarquía mountains         Algarrobo, as did many other towns in the region, sent
                               become gentler as they reach the coast. The River           representatives to hand over control of the town to the
                               Algarrobo-Sayalonga flows southwards across a valley        Catholic Monarchs. The vassal county was awarded to
                               that was once covered in olive trees, almond trees and      Don Pedro Enríquez and later passed on to his widow,
                               vineyards; however, the valley is currently going           Doña Catalina de Rivera. In 1519, her heirs sold it
                               through a substantial change as farming moves               Marquis of Comares's brother, Pedro Fernández de
                               towards vegetable crops and sub-tropical produce,           Córdoba, and the situation remained unchanged until
                               which is why the rolling hills are giving way to terraces   1811, when the Cádiz national assembly abolished the
                               required for the new crops.                                 county.

                               The town centre of Algarrobo, with a Moorish layout, is     HOW TO GET THERE THERE
                               located some 3 km from the coast. To distinguish the        You can get to Algarrobo either via the Mediterráneo
                               town from the beach area, which is currently being          motorway or the N-340, which follows the coastline.
                               developed, the latter is referred to as Algarrobo-Costa,    Take the A-6203 exit, which is well signposted.
                               a term that has been coined recently and is used in
                               other towns throughout the province of Málaga.              WHAT TO SEE
                                                                                           The Parish Church of Santa Ana, in the town centre, is
                               Historical evidence reveals that there were human           the most important religious monument in Algarrobo.
                               settlements in the district of Algarrobo in the Bronze      Built in the seventeenth century, with a Latin-cross floor
                               Age, as can be seen in the archaeological finds at          plan, it has three naves, which are separated by rows
                               Morro de Mezquitilla, but the most important find in        of half-circle arches resting on octagonal pillars. The
                               Algarrobo is the Phoenician necropolis at Trayamar          coffering is of particular note, as is the eighteenth-
                               (seventh century BC). The Romans also left their mark       century lateral chapel. This quaint church is crowned
                               on these lands, where, unlike the Arabs, who stayed         with a four-sided bell tower.
                               here for a long time, the Visigoths were unable to
                               thrive.




9   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index         editorial       . Algarrobo                                            Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                                                     FIESTAS
     The Chapel of San Sebastián is a modern replica (1975) of the previous          On 20 January, the town celebrates its Patron Saint (San Sebastian) festival.
     one, from the seventeenth-century, which was demolished due to its bad          The image of the Saint is carried along in a procession from the chapel to the
     condition. It is simple in design, featuring a single nave, and a Latin-        church, where Mass is offered in his honour. The statue is then taken back to
     cross floor plan, but it is well worth a visit since its surroundings, which    the chapel in another procession. Almost all the local residents participate in
     provide wonderful views, have been turned into a recreational area              the processions, winding their way through the town's streets to the deafening
     dotted with trees, gardens and fountains.                                       accompaniment of the cohetá, when dozens upon dozens of fire crackers are
                                                                                     let off at the same time.
     There are a number of old watchtowers along Málaga's coastline, two of
     which are in Algarrobo: the Torre Ladeada (Leaning Tower) and the Torre         In the second half of August, the town celebrates its annual feria or fair, which
     Nueva (New Tower). The former, also known as daleá because of the               lasts for three days and includes all kinds of events, with particular emphasis
     way it is pronounced in the local accent, is Arabic. Its distinct feature, as   on flamenco and traditional verdiales, songs that are extremely popular here.
     the name suggests, is the way the structure leans. The Torre Nueva
     dates back to the sixteenth century. Both watchtowers were built to warn        FOOD
     the people of invasions, both from enemy armies and pirates.                    Algarrobo's cuisine is famous for its cakes and desserts: tortas de Algarrobo,
                                                                                     cakes made with olive oil, which are part of the Arab legacy. Typical local
     The Phoenician necropolis at Trayamar is the most interesting historic          dishes include ajoblanco (chilled white garlic soup), gazpacho, potaje
     site in Algarrobo, as well as one of the most important in the Western          algarrobeño (stew), potaje de hinojos (fennel stew) and choto en salsa (kid
     Mediterranean, as German archaeologists Shubart and Niameyer                    goat served in sauce), all of which are representative of culinary traditions in
     claimed when they excavated the site. It is a Paleo-Punic cemetery              Algarrobo. And now you can see the influence on local fare of some of the
     belonging to a Phoenician city which might have been set up around a            sub-tropical produce grown around the town.
     trading post that was built around the same time as Carthage (seventh
     century BC). The jewellery found in the tombs is on display at the              LEGENDS
     Provincial Archaeological Museum, along with some Greek artifacts that          Our fascination with underground passages is never-ending, and people are
     might have been brought by the Phoenicians, or even by the Greeks               convinced that in Algarrobo there is one tunnel linking the fortress and
     themselves.                                                                     Bentomiz Castle, built in case of a prolonged siege, so that goods could be
                                                                                     taken from one place to the other without the carrier having to go out in the
                                                                                     open. To this day, the mysterious hidden passage has yet to be found, but the
                                                                                     legend still lives on.


10    www.visitcostadelsol.com          index           editorial       . Algarrobo                                                Málaga, Sun and Sand
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                                                                                                   Málaga, Sun and Sand

                                                                          This dstretches from the southern foothills of Sierra de
                                                                      Mijas range down to the sea and has a population of
                                                                   40,000. It has three urban centres, which almost merge into
                                                                 one another, but yet each is quite distinct: Benalmádena Pueblo,
                                                               Benalmádena Costa and Arroyo de la Miel.

                                                          .  Arroyo de la Miel
                                                         . Arroyo Hondo
                                                        . Bil - Bil
                                                       . Carvajal
                                                      . La Morera
                                                      . La Perla
                                                      . Las Viborillas
                                                       . Las Yucas
                                                        . Malapesquera
                                                         . Santa Ana
                                                          . Tajo de la Soga
                                                            . Torremuelle
                                                               . Torrequebrada
                                                                   . Torrevigía

11   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Index:   Benalmádena                            Málaga, Sun and Sand
     a  RROYO DE LA MIEL BEACH                                                   Benalmádena
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   It is 600m long and 20m wide. It stretches between the beaches of
                                                                   Santa Ana and Arroyo de la Miel, and is divided into two by a rocky
                                                                   area.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 20 m
                                                                   Length: 600 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

                                                                   Closest marina: Benalmádena

                                                                   Nude beach: no

         District: Benalmádena                                     Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
         Town: Benalmádena                                         umbrella hire, showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking,
                                                                   promenade, volleyball net, cleaning service, public telephone,
                                                                   security surveillance.




12   www.visitcostadelsol.com    index   editorial   . Arroyo   de la Miel Beach                       Málaga, Sun and Sand
     a  RROYO HONDO BEACH
                                                                  Description:
                                                                                Benalmádena
                                                                  This beach juts up to hills blanketed with tightly woven vegetation
                                                                  which makes a nice contrast to the excessive urban sprawl of some
                                                                  parts of the Costa del Sol. It is located between the beaches of La
                                                                  Viborilla and Torremuelle and is named after the stream that flows
                                                                  down onto the beach, one of the main streams running through the
                                                                  town. It includes an area popularly known as the Playa del Hotel
                                                                  Costa Azul. It is easily accessible, since the main road runs right
                                                                  alongside the beach, and it has two clearly marked areas, one of
                                                                  which is more rugged and another that has been redeveloped.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 20 m
                                                                  Length: 400 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: high

         District: Benalmádena                                    Closest marina: Benalmádena
         Town: Benalmádena
                                                                  Nude beach: no

                                                                  Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                  showers, rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service, public telephone,
                                                                  security surveillance.

13   www.visitcostadelsol.com    index   editorial   . Arroyo   Hondo Beach                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
     b  IL-BIL BEACH
           B
                                                                   Description:
                                                                                  Benalmádena
                                                                   This beach, located in the heart of Benalmádena, is usually very
                                                                   crowded. It is located adjoining the Arroyo de la Miel beach, in a
                                                                   very busy area. It is worth a visit because half way along the beach
                                                                   stands one of the most emblematic villas on this coast, which is now
                                                                   known as Bil Bil Castle. It is council property and the venue for
                                                                   numerous cultural events. The beach is included in the local
                                                                   accessibility plan and offers a wide range of services. It is easy to
                                                                   access on foot or by car, and has a car park but not security
                                                                   surveillance. It also has a tourist office and is just a stone's throw
                                                                   from the marina at Benalmádena.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 20 m
                                                                   Length: 400 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: calm waters
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

         District: Benalmádena                                     Closest marina: Benalmádena
         Town: Benalmádena                                         Nude beach: no

                                                                   Facilities and services: security, easy access, showers, public
                                                                   telephone, rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and
                                                                   beach chair hire, boat hire, kiosk.


14   www.visitcostadelsol.com    index   editorial   . Bil-Bil   Beach                                   Málaga, Sun and Sand
     c ARVAJAL BEACH                                                             Benalmádena
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This beach is surrounded by high-rise buildings in a built-up area
                                                                   and is often very crowded. The sea is calm and the sand is dark. It
                                                                   has parking facilities (no security surveillance) and offers good
                                                                   services. It can be easily reached on foot.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 25 m
                                                                   Length: 450 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: calm waters
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

                                                                   Closest marina: Fuengirola

                                                                   Nude beach: no
         District: Benalmádena
         Town: Benalmádena                                         Facilities and services: security, easy access, showers, public
                                                                   telephone, rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and
                                                                   beach chair hire, boat hire, kiosk.




15   www.visitcostadelsol.com    index   editorial   . Carvajal   Beach                                Málaga, Sun and Sand
     l
     A MORERA BEACH                                                                Benalmádena
                                                                     Description:
                                                                     Located between the Torremuelle and Tajo de la Soga, La Morera
                                                                     is one of the most popular beaches during the holiday season
                                                                     thanks to its easy access. There are not many buildings in the
                                                                     surrounding area, which makes it is not much cared of. It has easy
                                                                     access since the main road runs right alongside the beach and
                                                                     there are ample parking facilities.

                                                                     Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                     Blue flag: no

                                                                     Width: 15 m
                                                                     Length: 700 m
                                                                     Surface material: sand
                                                                     Sand colour: dark

                                                                     Swell: calm
                                                                     Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                     Closest marina: Benalmádena
            District: Benalmádena
            Town: Benalmádena                                        Nude beach: no

                                                                     Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                     umbrella hire, showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking,
                                                                     cleaning service, public telephone.

16       www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Morera Beach                              Málaga, Sun and Sand
     l
     A PERLA BEACH                                                                  Benalmádena
                                                                      Description:
                                                                      This is a very small beach, just 12 m wide, located between two
                                                                      artificial breakwaters. It is rocky and dark, and usually has a
                                                                      moderate swell. It can get fairly busy. Although it is not easily
                                                                      accessed, it can be reached on foot. It offers a few services and is
                                                                      6 km from the Benalmádena marina.

                                                                      Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                      Blue flag: no

                                                                      Width: 12 m
                                                                      Length: 100 m
                                                                      Surface material: rock
                                                                      Rock colour: dark

                                                                      Swell: moderate
                                                                      Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                      Closest marina: Benalmádena

            District: Benalmádena                                     Nude beach: no
            Town: Benalmádena
                                                                      Facilities and services: security, easy access, showers, public
                                                                      telephone, rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach chair and beach
                                                                      umbrella hire, boat hire, kiosk.



17       www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Perla Beach                                 Málaga, Sun and Sand
     l
     AS VIBORILLAS BEACH                                                            Benalmádena
                                                                      Description:
                                                                      This small cove area, close to the motorway, offers peace and
                                                                      tranquillity. It is made up of a group of small rugged coves. It is a
                                                                      very stable area but not suitable for large crowds owing to its size
                                                                      and shape. It is one of the best areas in Benalmádena for scuba
                                                                      diving.

                                                                      Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                      Blue flag: no

                                                                      Width: 15 m
                                                                      Length: 350 m
                                                                      Surface material: sand
                                                                      Sand colour: dark

                                                                      Swell: moderate
                                                                      Level of occupancy: high

                                                                      Closest marina: Benalmádena

            District: Benalmádena                                     Nude beach: yes
            Town: Benalmádena
                                                                      Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                      umbrella hire, showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking,
                                                                      cleaning service, public telephone, security surveillance.



18       www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Las   Viborillas Beach                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
     l
     AS YUCAS BEACH                                                                Benalmádena
                                                                     Description:
                                                                     It is divided into separate coves by rocky areas. It is a stable beach
                                                                     in a non-city setting, which has retained all the natural charm. There
                                                                     is easy access since the main road runs right alongside the beach,
                                                                     even though you have to climb down a way before you reach the
                                                                     waterfront. Parking is easy since there are ample car parking
                                                                     facilities.

                                                                     Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                     Blue flag: no

                                                                     Width: 15 m
                                                                     Length: 400 m

                                                                     Surface material: sand
                                                                     Sand colour: dark
                                                                     Swell: moderate
                                                                     Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                     Closest marina: Benalmádena
            District: Benalmádena
            Town: Benalmádena                                        Nude beach: no

                                                                     Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                     umbrella hire, showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking,
                                                                     cleaning service, public telephone, security surveillance.

19       www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Las   Yucas Beach                                Málaga, Sun and Sand
     m     ALAPESQUERA BEACH
                                                               Description:
                                                                             Benalmádena
                                                               According to old local fishermen, the name of this beach, which
                                                               means "bad fishing" in Spanish, derives from the scarce fish caught
                                                               in this area. This is an attractive beach with Torre Bermeja to the
                                                               east and Santa Ana to the west. Here you will find some of the
                                                               town's most emblematic hotels. It shares sporting and
                                                               entertainment events with Torre Bermeja beach throughout the
                                                               year. It offers daily water sports activities during the swimming
                                                               season, which are run by the local Sports Centre, supported by the
                                                               Beach Authorities.

                                                               Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                               Blue flag: yes. 2006

                                                               Width: 50 m
                                                               Length: 700 m
                                                               Surface material: sand
                                                               Sand colour: dark

                                                               Swell: moderate
                                                               Level of occupancy: high

        District: Benalmádena                                  Closest marina: Benalmádena
        Town: Benalmádena
                                                               Nude beach: no

                                                               Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                               umbrella hire, sports equipment hire, showers, peddle-boats,
                                                               lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking, promenade, cleaning
                                                               service, public telephone, security surveillance.
20   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Malapesquera   Beach                         Málaga, Sun and Sand
     sANTA ANA BEACH                                                           Benalmádena
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  Located close to the marina, this beach, belonging to the town of
                                                                  Benalmádena, runs parallel to its promenade. It offers beach
                                                                  football and volleyball facilities.

                                                                  Type of beach: urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 20 m
                                                                  Length: 500 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: high

                                                                  Closest marina: Benalmádena

                                                                  Nude beach: no

         District: Benalmádena                                    Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
         Town: Benalmádena                                        umbrella hire, sports equipment hire, showers, peddle-boats,
                                                                  lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking, promenade, cleaning
                                                                  service, public telephone, security surveillance.




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     AJO DE LA SOGA BEACH                                                          Benalmádena
                                                                     Description:
                                                                     This is one of the most rugged and rough beaches in the town of
                                                                     Benalmádena. It is made up of coves divided up by rocky areas. It
                                                                     has easy access since the main road runs right alongside the beach
                                                                     and there are parking facilities.

                                                                     Type of beach: urban
                                                                     Blue flag: no

                                                                     Width: 15 m
                                                                     Length: 400 m
                                                                     Surface material: sand
                                                                     Sand colour: dark

                                                                     Swell: calm
                                                                     Level of occupancy: low

                                                                     Closest marina: Benalmádena

                                                                     Nude beach: no
            District: Benalmádena
            Town: Benalmádena                                        Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                     umbrella hire, rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service, security
                                                                     surveillance.




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     ORREMUELLE BEACH                                                             Benalmádena
                                                                    Description:
                                                                    This beach runs parallel to the motorway and offers an isolated and
                                                                    peaceful spot.

                                                                    Type of beach: urban
                                                                    Blue flag: no

                                                                    Width: 15 m
                                                                    Length: 1,000 m
                                                                    Surface material: sand
                                                                    Sand colour: dark

                                                                    Swell: moderate
                                                                    Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                    Closest marina: Benalmádena

            District: Benalmádena                                   Nude beach: no
            Town: Benalmádena
                                                                    Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair hire,
                                                                    lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service, public
                                                                    telephone, security surveillance.



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     ORREQUEBRADA BEACH                                                           Benalmádena
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   The construction of breakwaters has favoured the creation of two
                                                                   small beaches, overlooked by a holiday complex built on an
                                                                   impressive rock formation. Both are managed by the Benalnatura
                                                                   Environmental Association, which is in charge of environmental
                                                                   conservation and improvement.

                                                                   Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 15 m
                                                                   Length: 200 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand and gravel
                                                                   Material colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                   Closest marina: Benalmádena

            District: Benalmádena                                  Nude beach: yes
            Town: Benalmádena
                                                                   Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                   beach restaurant (open all year round), rubbish bins, parking,
                                                                   cleaning service, public telephone, security surveillance.



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     ORREVIGÍA BEACH                                                                 Benalmádena
                                                                       Description:
                                                                       This calm beach has formed in a small nook in Málaga's coastline,
                                                                       closed-in between two apartment complexes with beach views. This
                                                                       has allowed the sand to deposit naturally.

                                                                       Type of beach: urban
                                                                       Blue flag: no

                                                                       Width: 55 m
                                                                       Length: 300 m
                                                                       Surface material: gravel
                                                                       Gravel colour: dark

                                                                       Swell: moderate
                                                                       Level of occupancy: low

                                                                       Closest marina: Benalmádena

            District: Benalmádena                                      Nude beach: no
            Town: Benalmádena
                                                                       Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                       lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service, public
                                                                       telephone, security surveillance.



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                                                           USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                           Surface area: 26.6 km2.
                                                           Population: around 43,000
                                                           Name given to the local people: benalmadenses
                                                           Location: in the western region of the Costa del Sol, 20 km from Málaga
                                                           city and about 280 m above sea level. Its average annual rainfall is 610 l/m2
                                                           and the average temperature is 18ºC.
                                                           What to see: Santo Domingo Church, El Muro Gardens, Museum of
                                                           Archaeology, Bil-Bil Castle, Colomares Castle, Las Águilas Garden,
                                                           Buddhist Stupa, watchtowers (Torrebermeja, Torrequebrada, Torremuelle),
                                                           Plaza de España, Benalmádena Pueblo's old quarter, Benalmádena
                                                           Costa's Roman ruins.
                                                           Tourist Information: Tourist Office, C/ Antonio Machado, 10 (29630,
                                                           Benalmádena-Costa). Tel.: 95 244 24 94/ 95 244 12 95; fax: 95 244 06 78:
                                                           e-mail: turismo@benalmadena.com; website: www.benalmadena.com


                  Benalmádena
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                                   This town stretches from the southern foothills of Sierra         The oldest human settlement dates back to the Late
                                de Mijas range down to the sea and has a population of               Palaeolithic, as proven by the remains found in the Toro
                                40,000. It has three urban centres, which almost merge               Caves, Los Botijos and Las Zorreras. The Phoenicians
                                with one another, but yet each is quite distinct:                    settled in this region in the eighth and seventh centuries
                                Benalmádena Pueblo, Benalmádena Costa and Arroyo de                  BC, and Phoenician artifacts were found on the coast as
                                la Miel.                                                             well. Later the Romans settled here (salting factories in
                                                                                                     Benal-Roma and remains in Torremuelle and Capellanía).
                                Benalmádena Costa is the oldest one, a typical                       But it was the Arabs who gave the district its name.
                                whitewashed Andalusian town with its labyrinth of narrow
                                streets, plazas to relax in, and great views over the Costa          The current name might derive from Ibn al-Madin, which
                                del Sol, since it is 300 m above sea level and close to the          means 'sons of the mine', a reference to the region's
                                coast.                                                               ancient iron mines. This is not the only hypothesis with
                                                                                                     regards the town's name, but it is the most widely accepted
                                Arroyo de la Miel is a suburb that grew around the local             among experts and historians.
                                train station. It is the financial centre of the district, and the
                                place where most population lives in. Moreover, most                 Christian troops not only captured the town but also
                                municipal agencies are located here. Benalmádena Costa,              destroyed it, along with its castle, where residents put up
                                on the other hand, is the most international area offering all       strong resistance against the Catholic Monarchs' army. At
                                the main "sun and sand" tourist attractions: large hotels, a         the end of the sixteenth century, Old Christians took up
                                casino, marina and a wide range of shops.                            residence in the town, but they did not stay long, mainly
                                                                                                     due to the constant threat of attacks from the sea. The
                                Due to its location, its excellent hotels and whole host of          watchtowers that still stand along the coastline date back
                                leisure activities on offer (beaches, marina, hiking, cable          to this period.
                                car, theme parks -Tivoli, Selwo Marina, Sea Life, golf
                                fields… in addition to an intense cultural programme                 In the eighteenth century, several pulp mills set up in the
                                including art, theatre and music), Benalmádena is one of             area. It was then that the area began to regain a stable
                                the top tourist destinations in the province of Málaga.              population, which kept growing over the years with the
                                                                                                     vineyards gaining importance.



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                                However, they disappeared at the dawn of the twentieth      Close to the beach stands the Bil-Bil castle: this is an
                                century as a result of the phylloxera plague. The tourist   Arab-style building, with a red front and decorated with
                                boom started in Benalmádena in the 60's, which came as      tiling and reliefs that are an exquisite example of Nasrid
                                a great boost to the area's economy.                        tradition. There are Moorish fountains on either side of
                                                                                            the castle, from which visitors can enjoy great views
                                HOW TO GET THERE THERE                                      over Benalmádena's beaches. In this spot, the local
                                The town can be easily accessed from every part of the      Council organises exhibitions, conferences, concerts,
                                Costa del Sol by taking the Autopista del Mediterráneo      various cultural activities and civil wedding ceremonies
                                motorway (AP-7, N-340), by train (local), or from the       (on Saturdays only).
                                nearby cities of Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Málaga.
                                                                                            The building was constructed in the 30's by León and
                                WHAT TO SEE                                                 Fernanda Hermann. An architect from Málaga, Enrique
                                In Benalmádena Pueblo, you will find the Santo              Atencia, was awarded the construction project. The
                                Domingo Church, which dates back to the seventeenth         Hermanns never actually lived in the castle, since,
                                century, but was later rebuilt so thoroughly that nothing   when the Spanish Civil War broke out, in 1936, they
                                remained of the original structure. Close to the church,    decided to sell it. An American family, the Schestroms,
                                there is also a wonderful viewing point and, in the same    bought the villa and lived there until the 80's.
                                area, the Muro Gardens, designed by architect César         Eventually, the Benalmádena Council acquired the
                                Manrique, affording panoramic views with the sea as a       property and began using it as cultural centre.
                                backdrop.
                                                                                            The La Paloma Park is the town's main green and the
                                The Museum of Archaeology (Avenida Juan Peralta,            only city park on the Costa del Sol, covering an area of
                                43; tel.: 95 2448 593) has the best collection of Pre-      over 200,000m2. It includes an artificial lake with ducks,
                                Columbian art in Europe, along with Neolithic and           pelicans, turtles… You can also catch a glimpse of
                                Roman artwork. The marble floor comes from an               other animals such as parakeets, parrots, rabbits,
                                eighteenth century vessel that shipwrecked off the          goats, sheep, etc…
                                coast of Benalmádena, as does a sixteenth-century
                                image of Diana the Hunter, which is on display in one of
                                the museum's rooms.


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                                Even more extravagant is Colomares Castle, a tribute to        shaped profile is one of the most characteristic sights of
                                the discovery of America built between 1987 and 1994 by        the Benalmádena coastline.
                                Dr. Esteban Martín y Martín, with the help of two builders.
                                                                                               The Aula del Mar (Sea Centre) is an aquarium featuring
                                This building features examples of every architectural         both Mediterranean marine wildlife and educational
                                styles you could think of, combined in almost dream-like       activities.
                                fashion, making a strong visual impact. Adjoining this
                                architectural oddity, there is the Las Águilas Garden, which   The Cumbre del Calamorro recreational area has an
                                offers falconry shows.                                         additional leisure area for people wishing to take a cable
                                                                                               car ride up the Calamorro peak (770 m). The area has
                                The Estupa de la Iluminación is another of the town's major    viewing points, pathways, cafés, horse riding trails,
                                attractions. Unveiled on 4 October 2003, this Buddhist         dressage areas, and also offers falconry shows.
                                stupa is the largest in the Western world, standing 33 m
                                high over a base of 25 m. It is crowned with a gold cone       FIESTAS
                                which can be seen from the coastline between Fuengirola        Benalmádena's calendar of fiestas is varied enough to
                                and Benalmádena. The meditation hall covers an area of         satisfy all tastes and interests, offering so-called
                                over 100 m2 and is 6 m high.                                   highbrow entertainment as well as popular cultural
                                                                                               events, sports, street parties, religious festivals and
                                The walls feature paintings by Himalayan artists depicting     entertainment. The major holiday here is Corpus
                                the most significant moments in Buddha's life. This type of    Christi, when the streets are blanketed with flowers and
                                Buddhist monuments symbolise harmony, prosperity and           balconies are adorned with brightly-coloured displays.
                                peace, and their origins go back 2500 years.
                                                                                               Holy Week is another important holiday here. During Holy
                                The Torrebermeja, Torrequebrada and Torremuelle                Week, processions wind through the streets of
                                watchtowers were part of the defensive line that former        Benalmádena and Arroyo de la Miel; moreover on Maundy
                                inhabitants used to defend themselves from pirate attacks.     Thursday and Good Friday there is also a re-enacting of
                                Torrebermeja and Torrequebrada erected under Arab rule,        Jesus' Passion known as El Paso, in which around 200
                                and the latter was built a little later, after the Christian   locals take part. It lasts for two hours and takes place on a
                                conquest, probably in the sixteenth century. Its cone-         natural stage near the town.


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                                The festival of San Juan (June), celebrated in Arroyo de la       of the major life forms that inhabit the Mediterranean
                                Miel, offers a range of different events and activities, and      Sea, tropical seas and oceans. The shark and seahorse
                                the Fiesta del Carmen in mid-July pays tribute to the             enclosures are particularly outstanding (Tel.: 95 256 01
                                region's seafaring tradition. The local fiesta in honour of the   50).
                                Virgen de la Cruz, the local Patron Virgin, in mid-August, is
                                also rooted in popular tradition.                                 Selwo Marina is a new kind of marine wildlife park, at
                                                                                                  which visitors will enjoy a memorable experience and
                                FOOD                                                              will be able to see sea South American aquatic
                                It difficult to name just one typical dish in an area that        mammals and birds. On this unique expedition through
                                has been receiving foreign influence for decades and              the New World, you can enjoy the first-ever Dolphin
                                therefore offers a wide range of international food.              Aquarium in Andalusia and marvel at the clever bottle-
                                However, given that this is a coastal region, pescaíto            nosed dolphins. Selwo Marina also has the only
                                frito or fried fish can be savoured at any seaside                penguin ice enclosure in Andalusia, which reproduces
                                restaurant and many other restaurants in town; it is one          the natural habitat of different penguin species.
                                of the most traditional and typical dishes served here,
                                along with gazpacho (a chilled soup made with                     Visitors enter through the Placita de las Américas, a
                                vegetables).                                                      square featuring colonial architecture. The square
                                                                                                  is the starting point for a tour across the different
                                LEISURE                                                           thematic areas of Selwo Marina. The tour does not
                                The Benalmádena Marina is one of the top tourist                  set any fixed route -visitors can plan their own
                                attractions of this city and the whole Costa del Sol as           itinerary, taking the various connected routes. One
                                well. Apart from offering almost 1,000 mooring sites for          of the routes takes you to the warm Caribbean
                                all kinds of boats, a diving centre and all the typical           waters where dolphins live. The central route takes
                                marina facilities (jet skiing, sailing), the marina features      you to the Amazon to see the exotic birds that live
                                popular bars, restaurants and discos that attract                 in these faraway lands. The third route goes to the
                                millions of people every year.                                    South Pole to show you one of the area's most
                                                                                                  emblematic species: penguins. On your expedition
                                Within the marina area, you will find Sea Life                    to South America you will find plants and trees
                                Benalmádena, an impressive aquarium with specimens                native to this continent.

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                                The large children's area has slides, swings,
                                hanging bridges and climbing walls, which are all
                                interconnected. A "jungle" specifically designed to
                                keep the children amused.

                                Selwo Marina has various different eateries and
                                cafés where you can enjoy a refreshing ice cream,
                                a hamburger or larger meals, choosing from a
                                range of a carefully selected dishes (Tel.: 902 190
                                482).

                                Tivoli World, in Arroyo de la Miel, is the Costa del
                                Sol's theme park par excellence. With over 30
                                years' experience, this pioneering leisure park, set
                                among leafy gardens and beautiful fountains, has
                                moved with the times while keeping its traditional
                                flavour. There are attractions for all ages,
                                restaurants for all tastes and open-air theatres
                                featuring the most popular artists.

                                At Tivoli's promenade is the entrance to the cable
                                car, which takes visitors to the Calamorro Peak
                                (724 m). The great views from this vantage point
                                sweep over the coastline and also take in areas
                                further inland. There is a bar-restaurant, and
                                donkey rides are available too (Tel.: 95 257 50 38).




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                                                           index . Casares                                          TOURIST BOARD &
                                                                                                                   CONVENTION BUREAU



                                                                                                     Málaga, Sun and Sand

                                                                            Just 14 km from the crowded and cosmopolitan Costa
                                                                       del Sol, Casares displays clear examples of traditional
                                                                   mountain village architecture. In 1978, it was declared a
                                                                Historic-Artistic Site. The district belongs to the Costa del Sol, but
                                                             its borders stretch to the Serranía de Ronda range and Campo de
                                                            Gibraltar.



                                                       .   Ancha




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     a  NCHA BEACH
                                                                Description:
                                                                                                        Casares
                                                                This beach is divided into 3 sections:
                                                                - La Sal Beach, which stretches from the Torre de la Sal to the end of
                                                                a lush cliff top. It is 20 m wide.
                                                                - Chica Beach, which stretches from the N-340 access to the Parrilla
                                                                Stream. Its width varies between 20 m and 50 m.
                                                                - Ancha Beach is a long spacious beach that opens out onto the sea
                                                                between the Parilla Stream and the River Manilva (on the border with
                                                                the district of Manilva), close to La Duquesa Marina (Manilva) and the
                                                                fishing port of Sabinillas. It is dotted with residential complexes, rows of
                                                                little houses with gardens and swimming pools.

                                                                Type of beach: urban
                                                                Blue flag: no

                                                                Width: 30 m
                                                                Length: 1,300 m
                                                                Surface material: sand and gravel
                                                                Sand and gravel colour: dark

                                                                Swell: calm
                                                                Level of occupancy: high

         District: Casares                                      Closest marina: La Duquesa
         Town: Casares
                                                                Nude beach: no

                                                                Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                lifeguard station, showers, rubbish bins, toilets, cleaning service,
                                                                security surveillance.

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                                                           USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                           Surface area:162 km2
                                                           Population: about 4,000
                                                           Name given to the local people: casareños
                                                           Location: In the western area of the Costa del Sol, close to the Serranía
                                                           de Ronda range. The town spreads out over two hills, at around 435 m
                                                           above sea level. It is 104 km from Málaga City. Average annual rainfall is
                                                           860 l/m2 and the average temperature is 16.6º C.
                                                           What to see: Moorish fortress, old Iglesia de la Encarnación (Church of the
                                                           Incarnation), San Sebastián Chapel, Virgen del Rosario Chapel, Charles III
                                                           Fountain, Torre de la Sal, Roman ruins at Lacipo, Hedionda Baths,
                                                           Ethnography and History Museum, Casa Natal de Blas Infante Museum.
                                                           Tourist Information: Town Hall, C/ Villa, 29 (29690). Tel.: 95 289 41 26;
                                                           fax: 95 289 40 17. Tourist Office. Tel.: 95 289 55 21.




                                 Casares
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                                  Just   14 km from the crowded and cosmopolitan            The ancient history of Casares merges with legend
                                Costa del Sol, Casares displays clear examples of           sometimes. According to some historians, the name
                                traditional mountain village architecture, having been      Casares comes from the Arabic word Caxara, meaning
                                completely bypassed by more absurd and often                fort, while others think it is a reference to Caesar, the
                                misunderstood modern designs. The old town has              Roman military leader.
                                retained the stillness of days gone by, while the
                                infrastructures required by modern life have been           This city's origins go back to prehistory, as revealed by
                                renovated within the bounds of good taste. It is not an     the shelters and caves found in Ferrete, Crestellina and
                                easy balance to strike, but Casares has managed to          Utrera. From a defensive point of view, it is in a
                                achieve it, which is why it is considered one of the most   strategic location, which has encouraged different
                                beautiful towns in Spain, as demonstrated in 1978,          peoples to settle here: Phoenicians, Iberians, Romans
                                when it was declared a Historic-Artistic Site. The town     and Arabs. The Phoenicians settled in areas most
                                stretches over from the Costa del Sol to the Serranía de    suitable to maintain trading contacts with the coast and
                                Ronda range and Campo de Gibraltar. This is why             towns further inland, such as the Iberian settlement
                                certain features of the three regions can be found here;    where the Roman town of Lacipo (Cortijo de Alechipe)
                                however, it bears a greater similarity to the               was later founded, one of the most important cities on
                                mountainous area of the Serrania de Ronda. There are        Málaga's coastline, since it even had its own currency.
                                deep gorges towards the Sierra de Bermeja range,
                                small pine forests stretching out in search of El Pico de   During the Middle Ages, Casares was one of the most
                                Los Reales (1,440 m) and high limestone rocks in            important enclaves in the area, providing strategic
                                Crestellina, towards the Genal valley pass, home to a       access to the Serranía de Ronda mountains, and
                                majestic population of griffon vultures, which are easy     because of its proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar, a
                                to spot in the sky.                                         necessary passage for the Arabs, who made this city a
                                                                                            bastion of Andalusian culture and one of the last
                                In the west end of the district, having gathered water      Moorish strongholds until the area was taken by the
                                from the River Genal, the River Guadiario opens up the      Christians. It also played a decisive role in the
                                valley to a series of orchards that roll down towards the   expansion of the Almoravids.
                                sea, through hills blanketed with crops and farms,
                                similar to the Cádiz landscape further on.


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                                The town was founded by the Moors. Back then, it was a            HOW TO GET THERE
                                walled town with two gates: one on Villa Street, where you        Take the AP-7 (N-340) motorway and turn off at the
                                can still see some remains, and the other on Arrabal              Manilva exit, onto the A-377. 10 km down the road you will
                                Street. The Moorish typical urban layout is present in the        see the turning for Casares, and the town is 3 km further
                                town's labyrinthine streets, like Callejón del Rey, Calle Villa   on.
                                and the passages leading off Calle Arrabal, and even in
                                Arab sounding names: Benamorabe, Alquería, Cerro del              WHAT TO SEE
                                Moro and Almáchar. In 1361, troops sent by Peter the              In the highest part of the town, in what is known as Recinto
                                Cruel and Mohamed V gathered in Casares to help the               del Castillo (Castle Grounds), which was part of the old
                                latter conquer the Kingdom of Granada. From then on, and          Moorish fortress erected in the thirteenth century, you will
                                up until the fifteenth century, the history of Casares and its    find the former Iglesia de la Encarnación (Church of the
                                fortifications (which can still be seen today) were closely       Incarnation) next to the cemetery, built in the sixteenth
                                linked to the defence of Al-Andalus until it was conquered        century on the site of a former mosque. The church has
                                by the Catholic Monarchs.                                         three naves and a fine Mudéjar bell tower. It is currently
                                                                                                  being restored to be home to a cultural centre.
                                At the end of the sixteenth century, following Christian
                                repopulation, the Moriscos rebelled, and their leader, Al-        The current sixteenth-century Iglesia de la Encarnación
                                Fair, died. Another historic moment worth highlighting is the     was originally a Franciscan-Capuchin monastery. Its Latin
                                area's role during the French occupation, when Casares'           cross floor plan includes only one nave with a vault and
                                militia harassed the invading army until the French               dome over the crossing. The church facade has three brick
                                withdrawal in 1813, without ever managing to conquer the          arches and a newly built tower. The San Sebastian Chapel,
                                town.                                                             located in the Plaza de España, and the Virgen del Rosario
                                                                                                  (Virgin of the Rosary) Chapel, next to the crossing of the
                                Casares also has the honour of being the birthplace of Blas       rivers Genal and Guadiaro, are also part of Casares'
                                Infante, a lawyer, politician and writer, author of Ideal         artistic and religious heritage. In terms of its architecture
                                andaluz. An advocate of Andalusian independence as well           and ornamentation, the late eighteenth-century Charles III
                                as the creator of the regional anthem and flag, Blas Infante      fountain, in the Plaza de España, is well worth a visit. Along
                                was shot on 10 August 1936 at the outbreak of the Spanish         the coastline, you will find the Torre de la Sal, a watchtower
                                Civil War.                                                        built in the sixteenth century.


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                                Some 10 km from the town centre, along the A-337 road,         exhibitions of work by various artists, both local and
                                you will reach the Lacipo ruins, an ancient Iberian-           regional. The visiting hours are the same as for the
                                Phoenician settlement (sixth-fifth centuries BC) on the        Ethnography and History Museum.
                                Cerro de Alechipe, which the Romans took over and turned
                                into a walled city. The settlement was declared a Cultural     FIESTAS
                                Interest Site back in 1992 by Andalusia's Regional             The local pilgrimage of the Virgen del Rosario (Virgin of the
                                Government.                                                    Rosary) is one of the most popular fiestas in Casares. It is
                                                                                               held on the last Saturday of May, when women accompany
                                In the southern part of the district, almost on the border     the statue of the Virgin from the San Sebastián Church to
                                with Manilva, there are the Hedionda baths, Roman              the chapel located between the rivers Genal and
                                sulphuric-iron baths that were later restored by the Arabs,    Guadiaro, along 11 km.
                                under the Caliphate. They are located on the right bank of
                                the Albarrán Stream, and legend has it that when Julius        In the second half of July, the Feria or Fair takes place at
                                Caesar was Praetor (first century AD), he was cleared of       El Secadero, showing us the most meaningful part of local
                                scabies by the Albarrán waters and ordered to built the        folk tradition: fandango flamenco, a dance that allows
                                bath on the site.                                              women to show off their flair.

                                Casares also has two museums with very interesting             The August Fair takes place in the first week of August,
                                collections. The Ethnography and History Museum (Tel.:         from Thursday through Sunday. It celebrates the town's
                                95 289 51 48), located next to the Moorish fortress, has a     resistance against the French between 1810 and 1813.
                                collection of handicrafts, photographs and historical books    This fair also gives you another chance to watch and
                                about the district, along with everyday objects representing   admire the local fandango dance. The Nuestra Señora del
                                life in Casares, which allow us to learn more about the        Rosario del Campo fiesta is on the first Saturday of
                                district's history. The museum's visiting hours are Monday     September and celebrates the birth of the Virgin. In mid-
                                to Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:30       September, from Thursday to Sunday, the Santo Cristo
                                p.m. On Saturdays, it is open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.     (Holy Christ) Fair takes place, at the same time as the
                                The Casa Natal de Blas Infante Museum (Tel.: 95 289 55         autumn harvest.
                                21) is at 51, Carrera St. The museum tells about the life
                                and works of Blas Infante and also houses temporary


37   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index          editorial        . Casares                                                 Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                The town has its own medieval market in mid-July, a highly     CELEBRITIES
                                original event on the Costa del Sol. The town streets are      Casares is the birthplace of the most important figure in
                                the perfect stage to recreate the atmosphere of this type of   Andalusian history, Blas Infante Pérez de Vargas (1885-
                                market, where artisans offer traditionally crafted tools and   1936), author of Ideal andaluz, a book in which he brings
                                foods. There is also a medieval tavern, storytellers, and      forward his unique view of the history and problems of
                                falconry shows like those in the old days.                     Andalusia. Having attended primary school here and
                                                                                               secondary school in Archidona, he went to Granada to
                                FOOD                                                           study Law. He passed his government notary exams and
                                Given its location, Casares offers two types of cuisine:       worked as a notary in Cantillana (Seville), becoming close
                                mountain and coastal. Typical mountain dishes include          to Seville's intellectuals. In 1931 he settled permanently in
                                puchero con "pringá" (meat and vegetable stew) and caldo       Seville, where he worked to spread the notion of the
                                con garbanzos, carne de matanza y tocino (chickpea, meat       Andalusian ideal while travelling around the region giving
                                and pork rind soup). We also recommend the fritá de            lectures. He was killed on the Carmona-Seville road during
                                cabrito (fried goat). Goats roam around Casares and are        the Spanish Civil War.
                                used to make morcilla (black pudding). If you fancy a soup,
                                try the local gazpacho and then sample some of the typical     LEGENDS
                                homemade goat cheeses from the Sierra Cretellina, and of       It is probably just an apocryphal story, or a legend that
                                course the woodstove baked bread with dripping (manteca        people have sought to make more plausible by basing it
                                colorá).                                                       around a real person, but legend has it that Julius Caesar
                                                                                               and his troops camped out near a spring here and saw a
                                Along the coast, the most popular dish is pescaíto frito       mangy dog cured instantly. Julius Caesar and his troops
                                (small fried fish), accompanied with a delicious bowl of       were also cured of scabies after swimming in the sulphuric
                                gazpacho or a salad. For the main course, why not try          and alkaline waters of the spring.
                                moruna de sardinas, a sort of pickled sardine dish with
                                lemon and paprika. Visitors with a really sweet tooth should
                                also try tortas fritas, fritters that are usually eaten in
                                autumn, or Casares´ famous sponge cakes topped with
                                either honey or chocolate.



38   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index          editorial        . Casares                                                 Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                         index . Estepona                                    TOURIST BOARD &
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                                                                                                 Málaga, Sun and Sand

                                                                           Estepona is almost entirely on the majestic Sierra
                                                                       Bermeja mountain range, where you will find Los Reales
                                                                    de Sierra Bermeja Natural Area (the highest peak reaches
                                                                  1,449 m).

                                                             .   Arroyo de las Cañas
                                                         .   Arroyo Vaquero - Costa Natura
                                                        . Bahía Dorada
                                                       . Casasola
                                                      . El Cristo
                                                      . El Saladillo
                                                      . La Bella - Guadalmansa
                                                        . La Galera
                                                         . La Rada
                                                           . Punta de la Plata




39   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Index:     Estepona                          Málaga, Sun and Sand
     a  RROYO DE LAS CAÑAS BEACH                                                                 Estepona
                                                                 Description:
                                                                 This beach stretches from the River Valerín to the Cañas Stream. It
                                                                 is a fairly calm beach that does not get too crowded. It is 1,200 m
                                                                 long and 300 m wide, easily accessed. It offers different services
                                                                 including showers and beach umbrella, beach chair and boat hire.
                                                                 There is no security surveillance service for the car park.

                                                                 Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                 Blue flag: no

                                                                 Width: 30 m
                                                                 Length: 1,200 m
                                                                 Surface material: sand
                                                                 Sand colour: dark

                                                                 Swell: calm
                                                                 Level of occupancy: medium
                                                                 Closest marina: Estepona

                                                                 Nude beach: no
         District: Estepona
         Town: Estepona                                          Facilities and services: easy access, showers, phone, rubbish
                                                                 bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and beach chair hire, boat
                                                                 hire, kiosk, parking.




40   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Arroyo   de las Cañas Beach                    Málaga, Sun and Sand
     a  RROYO VAQUERO-COSTA NATURA BEACH
                      C                                                                           Estepona
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This beach is close to the stream bearing the same name: Arroyo
                                                                  Vaquero. It is a fairly long and calm beach, popular with the owners
                                                                  of the beautiful villas dotted around the area, and the rocky seabed
                                                                  makes it an outstanding location for underwater fishing.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 30 m
                                                                  Length: 2,500 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                  Closest marina: Estepona

                                                                  Nude beach: yes
         District: Estepona
         Town: Estepona                                           Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                  showers, rubbish bins, parking, promenade, beach restaurant
                                                                  "Vaquero Beach", cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                  surveillance.



41   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Arroyo Vaquero-Costa Natura Beach
                                                                     C                                 Málaga, Sun and Sand
     b  AHÍA DORADA BEACH                                                                        Estepona
                                                                 Description:
                                                                 Bahía Dorada is in an outstanding location and the sea is stunning,
                                                                 its colours ranging from dark greens to light blues. The landscape
                                                                 is rocky, somewhat wild, but the beach is within an urban area,
                                                                 close to the residential complex also named Bahía Dorada. It is a
                                                                 calm and quiet beach that can get fairly busy in the summer.

                                                                 Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                 Blue flag: no

                                                                 Width: 10 m
                                                                 Length: 700 m
                                                                 Surface material: shingle, gravel
                                                                 Surface material colour: dark

                                                                 Swell: moderate
                                                                 Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                 Closest marina: La Duquesa
         District: Estepona                                      Nude beach: no
         Town: Estepona
                                                                 Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                 showers, rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service, public telephone,
                                                                 security surveillance, fishing, scuba diving.



42   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Bahía   Dorada Beach                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
     c ASASOLA BEACH                                                                             Estepona
                                                                 Description:
                                                                 This long stretch of beach is excellent for swimming, since it has
                                                                 magnificent water and also a beautiful landscape surrounding it.

                                                                 Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                 Blue flag: no

                                                                 Width: 15 m
                                                                 Length: 2,000 m
                                                                 Surface material: gravel
                                                                 Gravel colour: dark

                                                                 Swell: moderate
                                                                 Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                 Closest marina: Estepona

                                                                 Nude beach: no
         District: Estepona
         Town: Estepona                                          Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                 showers, rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service, public telephone,
                                                                 security surveillance, children's area, beach bars: "Matas Verdes"
                                                                 and "La Vela Azul".



43   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Casasola   Beach                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
     e L CRISTO BEACH
                                                                  Description:
                                                                                                   Estepona
                                                                  When wind blows from the East, which is fairly common in the
                                                                  province, the people of Estepona all crowd onto El Cristo beach,
                                                                  since it forms a pretty cove that is sheltered from the wind. The
                                                                  beach is ideal for children, with clean water which is hardly ever
                                                                  cold, since it is sheltered. There are no rocks or stones on the whole
                                                                  beach. There are shady areas for those who wish to stay out of the
                                                                  sun.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: yes. 2006

                                                                  Width: 25 m
                                                                  Length: 1,300 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand, shingle, gravel
                                                                  Surface material colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: none
                                                                  Level of occupancy: high

                                                                  Closest marina: Estepona
         District: Estepona
         Town: Estepona
                                                                  Nude beach: no

                                                                  Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair hire,
                                                                  showers, peddle-boats, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking,
                                                                  cleaning service, children's area, fishing, scuba diving, sailing.

44   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Cristo Beach                                 Málaga, Sun and Sand
     e L SALADILLO BEACH                                                                           Estepona
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This is one of the longest beaches in the district, almost 3 km,
                                                                  stretching as far as the mouth of the River Guadalmina.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 40 m
                                                                  Length: 3,000 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                  Closest marina: Estepona

                                                                  Nude beach: no
         District: Estepona
         Town: Estepona                                           Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                  umbrella hire, showers, rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service,
                                                                  public telephone, security surveillance, children's area, beach bars:
                                                                  "Pepe", "La Barraka", "Paraíso Beach" and "La Cigala".



45   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Saladillo Beach                             Málaga, Sun and Sand
     l
     A BELLA - GUADALMANSA BEACH                                                                    Estepona
                                                                      Description:
                                                                      On right bank of the River Guadalmansa, a broad swathe of
                                                                      farmland stretches down to the beach creating a beautiful mosaic
                                                                      pattern, with a small residential area in the middle.

                                                                      Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                      Blue flag: no

                                                                      Width: 40 m
                                                                      Length: 2,500 m
                                                                      Surface material: sand
                                                                      Sand colour: dark

                                                                      Swell: moderate
                                                                      Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                      Closest marina: Estepona

            District: Estepona                                        Nude beach: no
            Town: Estepona
                                                                      Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                      umbrella hire, rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service, public
                                                                      telephone, security surveillance.



46       www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Bella - Guadalmansa Beach                 Málaga, Sun and Sand
     l
     A GALERA BEACH                                                                                  Estepona
                                                                     Description:
                                                                     La Galera also includes the beach area known as Buenas Noches.
                                                                     This is a very peaceful beach, with few buildings close by, a quite
                                                                     uncommon landscape on the Mediterranean coast.

                                                                     Type of beach: beach with rocky areas and cliffs
                                                                     Blue flag: no

                                                                     Width: 30 m
                                                                     Length: 2,000 m
                                                                     Surface material: shingle, gravel
                                                                     Surface material colour: dark

                                                                     Swell: moderate
                                                                     Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                     Closest marina: La Duquesa

            District: Estepona                                       Nude beach: no
            Town: Estepona
                                                                     Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                     showers, rubbish bins, cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                     surveillance.



47       www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Galera Beach                              Málaga, Sun and Sand
     l
     A RADA BEACH
                                                                     Description:
                                                                                                       Estepona
                                                                     This is one of the most popular beaches with residents of Estepona,
                                                                     owing to its great location. It is a stone's throw from the town's main
                                                                     streets, making it very easy for visitors to pop to the town centre
                                                                     afterwards. The promenade runs alongside the whole beach,
                                                                     stretching over 3 km, and there is always something to see there in
                                                                     the summertime. The promenade has underground public car
                                                                     parks. Given its length, it is hardly ever overcrowded. At the
                                                                     beachfront restaurants you can enjoy espeto de sardinas (sardine
                                                                     kebabs) at a reasonable price. On weekends, some of them are
                                                                     open late at night. They hold parties and offer live music shows.

                                                                     Type of beach: urban
                                                                     Blue flag: yes. 2006

                                                                     Width: 50 m
                                                                     Length: 2,300 m
                                                                     Surface material: sand
                                                                     Sand colour: dark

                                                                     Swell: none
                                                                     Level of occupancy: high

            District: Estepona                                       Closest marina: Estepona
            Town: Estepona
                                                                     Nude beach: no

                                                                     Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair hire,
                                                                     showers, peddle-boats, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking,
                                                                     volleyball facilities, cleaning service, children's area, beachfront
                                                                     restaurants.
48       www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Rada Beach                                  Málaga, Sun and Sand
     p  UNTA DE LA PLATA BEACH                                                                   Estepona
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  Just before you get to Estepona, there are many residential
                                                                  developments surrounded by thick vegetation facing out onto this
                                                                  magnificent beach, which is very popular with sunbathers. Punta de
                                                                  la Plata also includes the beaches Villas Andaluzas and La
                                                                  Alcazaba.

                                                                  Type of beach: urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 30 m
                                                                  Length: 4,000 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                  Closest marina: Estepona

         District: Estepona                                       Nude beach: no
         Town: Estepona
                                                                  Facilities and services: rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service,
                                                                  public telephone, security surveillance.




49   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Punta   de la Plata Beach                       Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                           USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                           Surface area: 136.8 km2
                                                           Population: around 50,000
                                                           Name given to the local people: esteponeros
                                                           Location: On the western part of the Costa del Sol. The district borders the
                                                           region of Ronda to the north and the urban area is on the coast. Average
                                                           annual rainfall is 900 l/m2 and the average annual temperature is 17º C.
                                                           What to see: Church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (Our Lady of
                                                           Good Remedy), Torre del Reloj (clock tower), Calvario chapel, the Castle
                                                           walls, Marqués de Mondéjar Palace, Casa de la Borrega, watchtowers,
                                                           Ethnography Museum, Bullfighting Museum, Palaontology Museum,
                                                           Archaeology Museum.
                                                           Tourist Information: Town Hall, Plaza de Blas Infante, 1 (29680). Tel.: 95
                                                           280 11 00; fax: 95 279 39 77. Tourist Office, Avenida de San Lorenzo, 1.
                                                           Tel.: 95 280 20 02; fax: 95 279 21 81.


                                Estepona
50   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Estepona                                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                  The   district of Estepona is almost entirely in the      are still large green areas in between heavily built-up
                                shadow of the majestic Sierra Bermeja, a mountain           areas, and even these offer some open spaces. The
                                range with huge volcanic rocks that contain peridotite,     excellent urban development planning led the town to
                                a mineral rich in iron oxide that tinges the land with a    be granted the "Live in Spain-CISA 2004" award.
                                reddish hue. Here you will find Los Reales de Sierra
                                Bermeja Natural Area, with the highest peak reaching        The town's origins are uncertain, but it seems that the
                                1,449 m and the largest masses of peridotite in             Phoenicians settled here and turned it into a trade
                                southern Europe. This area, covering a surface area of      centre which they named Astapa. Some historians link
                                1,236 hectares, contains the only Spanish fir forest that   Estepona with the Iberian settlement of Saldaba
                                grows on this type of rock.                                 (whereas others believe it was in Marbella), and some
                                                                                            even cite Cilciana as the town's origin. Anyways, on El
                                Thus, the area is extraordinarily important in ecological   Torreón hill, ruins were found that may well be part of
                                terms, with a spectacular landscape and monumental          this ancient settlement.
                                peaks that offer breathtaking views over the coast.
                                From the mountains, you can see as far as the Atlas         However, it is known that the town was besieged by
                                Mountains, in Africa.                                       Lucius Marcius because its residents had remained
                                                                                            loyal to the Carthaginians until it fell to the Romans in
                                In the lower parts, the water that flows down through       208 BC. Later, and after the usual clashes between
                                the mountains feeds into short rivers to the east           Muslims and Christians -Alfonso XI won a historic battle
                                (Padrón, Castor and Velerín) on whose banks there are       near Estepona in 1342, crushing the resurgent Moors-
                                orchards of citrus and other fruit trees. To the west,      the town was conquered by Henry IV, under whose rule
                                there are some fruit trees, cropland, low mountains and     the San Luis Castle was built. The ruins of this castle
                                pasturelands, in sharp contrast with the coastal strip,     can still be seen today in Castillo Street.
                                where, in addition to the town, you will also find many
                                residential areas, since Estepona is a top tourist          The town was subject to the jurisdiction of Marbella
                                destination.                                                until 1729, when Phillip V granted its independence by
                                                                                            means of a carta de villazgo (town charter), which is
                                However, the town has attempted to avoid falling into       kept in the town archives.
                                the trap of creating a giant urban sprawl and so there


51   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index         editorial       . Estepona                                             Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                HOW TO GET THERE
                                Since it is on the western tip of the Costa del Sol, Estepona     The walls of the fifteenth-century Castle and the ruins of El
                                can be easily reached from the AP-7 motorway or the N-            Nicio Castle in the area of El Padrón are more important for
                                340 coastal road: just follow the signs.                          their historical rather than their architectural value, since
                                                                                                  only some remains have been preserved. Only part of the
                                WHAT TO SEE                                                       walls and several towers are still standing today, but this
                                Of particular note is the Virgen de los Remedios Church, in       ninth-century fortress played an important role in Omar
                                the Plaza de San Francisco. Its large tower has four levels       Ben Hafsum's rebellion against the Caliphate of Córdoba.
                                and the uppermost is crowned by a roof with ceramic tiles         There are also several stately homes or palaces from the
                                in two different colours, which can be seen from anywhere         eighteenth century, such as the palace of the Marquis of
                                in the town. It was built in the eighteenth century and           Mondéjar and the Casa de la Borrega.
                                initially was part of the Franciscan monastery that was later
                                dismantled, like so many other religious buildings in Spain       On the way into and out of Estepona, along the coast, you
                                after the anticlerical measures applied in 1835. Its interior     will see a series of watchtowers that were built in the
                                is divided into three vaulted naves and a transept with a         fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, primarily for defence
                                dome, and its façade has a beautiful stone Rococo                 against Berber pirate attacks, which were so frequent at
                                entrance incorporating some features that recall late Latin       that time. There are a total of seven Muslim and Castilian
                                American Baroque style.                                           towers along 21 km of coastline.

                                The Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower) was part of a former            If visitors have enough time during their stay in Estepona,
                                parish church that was built in the last third of the fifteenth   they can explore the town's long history and traditions by
                                century. It underwent extensive restoration in the                visiting the four museums here. The Ethnography Museum
                                nineteenth century following the Classical style and some         at the Bullring has an interesting collection of utensils and
                                of the decorative features are even Baroque, a style that         tools used for fishing and farming, activities that are still
                                has been popular in Andalusia since its inception. El             carried out in the town today.
                                Calvario (Calvary) Chapel, like the Virgen de los Remedios
                                (Our Lady of Good Remedy) Church, also dates back to              The Antonio Ordóñez Bullfighting Museum, also in the
                                the eighteenth century. From an architectural point of view,      Bullring, has a collection of photographs, posters and
                                it is a very simple little building with a square floor plan.     costumes that once belonged to very famous bullfighters.


52   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index           editorial        . Estepona                                                  Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                The Paleontology Museum has a collection of fossils from     FIESTAS
                                the Pliocene epoch (some four million years ago) that have   The country is reflected in the festivities honouring San
                                been found in Estepona. It contains more than 2,000          Isidro Labrador (Saint Isidore the Farmer, 15 May)
                                fossils representing 600 species. The Archaeology            when an image of the Saint is carried through the town
                                Museum has a collection of objects from all archaeological   in a procession. The major fiestas take place in the first
                                sites close by, from the Palaeolithic period up until the    week of July, and are now held at the fairground and in
                                fifteenth century. These two museums are also housed         the town centre. A few days later, on 16 July, the locals
                                within the Bull Ring.                                        show their devotion to the Virgen del Carmen in a
                                                                                             moving procession that pays tribute to the sea, a
                                                                                             tradition seen all along the coast of Málaga. Fire is at
                                                                                             the centre of the fiesta held on the night of St John,
                                                                                             when the júas (figures of Judas) are burned in several
                                                                                             places around the district.


                                                                                             FOOD
                                                                                             Traditional local cuisine has been expanded on as a
                                                                                             result of the huge influx of tourists into the area, so
                                                                                             much so that almost every restaurant now offers
                                                                                             international cuisine. However, Estepona's seafaring
                                                                                             tradition has not only survived but, precisely because
                                                                                             of tourism, has been given a boost, and the delicious
                                                                                             pescaíto frito (small fried fish) is one of the most
                                                                                             typical dishes here.




53   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index          editorial       . Estepona                                             Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                LEISURE
                                The tourism boom that Estepona has experienced in
                                recent decades resulted in the creation of a number of high
                                quality leisure centres that are top tourist attractions in the
                                area. Mention should be made of the Escuela de Arte
                                Ecuestre Costa del Sol (Costa del Sol School of Equestrian
                                Arts), which puts on nice horse shows. The recently
                                constructed Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones
                                (Convention and Exhibition Centre), which can hold up to
                                2,500 people, has hosted a wide range of different
                                activities since it was first opened.

                                The local puerto deportivo (marina) offers the usual water
                                sports as well as a very lively late night scene, with
                                restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

                                Selwo Aventura (Autovía Costa del Sol, Km. 162.5; tel.:
                                902 190 482) is one of the largest and most interesting
                                parks of its kind in Europe. Visitors can see over 2,000
                                animals from the five continents, living in a semi-wild
                                environment, in an area that covers more than a million
                                square metres. The park offers a tour by jeep and there is
                                also an ethnic village with huts where you can spend the
                                night.




54   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index           editorial        .   Estepona                     Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                         index . Fuengirola                                    TOURIST BOARD &
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                                                                                                   Málaga, Sun and Sand

                                                                           Given the size of its population and its popularity
                                                                       with tourists, it is almost paradoxical that Fuengirola
                                                                    only covers an area of 10 km2, and the beach is just 8 km
                                                                 long. Since the town is already fully developed, it has had to
                                                               grow out towards Mijas.


                                                         .   El Egido
                                                       . Los Boliches
                                                      . Las Gaviotas
                                                      . Santa Amalia
                                                      . San Francisco / Fuengirola
                                                       . Torreblanca / Los Olimpos




55   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Index:    Fuengirola                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
     e L EGIDO BEACH                                                                        Fuengirola
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  Located by the Sohail Castle, before crossing the River Fuengirola,
                                                                  this beach is part of Fuengirola's beach. It is located in an urban
                                                                  area that can be easily reached on foot or by car. It has parking
                                                                  facilities (no security surveillance) and offers a wide range of
                                                                  services. It is 2 km from Fuengirola's marina.

                                                                  Type of beach: urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 10 m
                                                                  Length: 800 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: high

                                                                  Closest marina: Fuengirola

         District: Fuengirola                                     Nude beach: no
         Town: Fuengirola
                                                                  Facilities and services: security, easy access, showers, public
                                                                  telephone, rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and
                                                                  beach chair hire, boat hire, kiosk, parking.



56   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Egido Beach                                Málaga, Sun and Sand
     l
     OS BOLICHES BEACH                                                                          Fuengirola
                                                                      Description:
                                                                      This is a large and very lively beach, especially in summer. It has
                                                                      many services nearby and is right on Fuengirola's promenade.

                                                                      Type of beach: urban
                                                                      Blue flag: yes, since 2006

                                                                      Width: 40 m
                                                                      Length: 1,100 m
                                                                      Surface material: sand
                                                                      Sand colour: dark

                                                                      Swell: moderate
                                                                      Level of occupancy: high

                                                                      Closest marina: Fuengirola

                                                                      Nude beach: no

                                                                      Facilities and services: beach chairs, showers, beach
            District: Fuengirola                                      restaurants, lifeguard station, disabled access, public parking,
            Town: Fuengirola                                          security surveillance, children's area.




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     l
     AS GAVIOTAS BEACH                                                                         Fuengirola
                                                                     Description:
                                                                     This is a long stretch of beach, made up of two beaches, with piers
                                                                     dotted along the coast making small arcs along the seashore.

                                                                     Type of beach: urban
                                                                     Blue flag: yes, since 2006

                                                                     Width: 40 m
                                                                     Length: 1,200 m
                                                                     Surface material: sand
                                                                     Sand colour: dark

                                                                     Swell: none
                                                                     Level of occupancy: high

                                                                     Closest marina: Fuengirola

                                                                     Nude beach: no

                                                                     Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
            District: Fuengirola                                     umbrella hire, toilets, showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins,
            Town: Fuengirola                                         promenade, cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                     surveillance.




58       www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Las   Gaviotas Beach                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
     sANTA AMALIA BEACH                                                                   Fuengirola
                                                                 Description:
                                                                 The city beaches of Santa Amalia and El Castillo (an extension of
                                                                 the former) make up Fuengirola's longest swimming area,
                                                                 stretching from the city's marina to the farms and houses located
                                                                 beyond the river mouth.

                                                                 Type of beach: urban
                                                                 Blue flag: no

                                                                 Width: 20 m
                                                                 Length: 1,400 m
                                                                 Surface material: sand
                                                                 Sand colour: dark

                                                                 Swell: moderate
                                                                 Level of occupancy: high

                                                                 Closest marina: Fuengirola

                                                                 Nude beach: no
         District: Fuengirola
         Town: Fuengirola                                        Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair hire, sports
                                                                 equipment hire, beach umbrella and peddle-boat hire, lifeguard
                                                                 station, rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service.




59   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Santa   Amalia Beach                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
     sAN FRANCISCO BEACH
                                                                Description:
                                                                                              Fuengirola
                                                                Located next to Fuengirola's port in a developed area, this beach is
                                                                included in the accessibility plan. Set alongside the city's promenade,
                                                                it is often very crowded. The sea is calm and it offers a mooring area.
                                                                It has a good range of services and facilities, and there is also a
                                                                tourist office nearby. It has parking (no surveillance) for 100 cars. It is
                                                                easy to reach on foot, by car or by catching a local bus from
                                                                Fuengirola.

                                                                Type of beach: urban
                                                                Blue flag: no

                                                                Width: 20 m
                                                                Length: 350 m
                                                                Surface material: sand
                                                                Sand colour: dark

                                                                Swell: calm
                                                                Level of occupancy: high

                                                                Closest marina: Fuengirola
         District: Fuengirola
         Town: Fuengirola                                       Nude beach: no

                                                                Facilities and services: security, easy access, showers, public
                                                                telephone, rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and beach
                                                                chair hire, boat hire, kiosk, parking.


60   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . San   Francisco Beach                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
     t
     ORREBLANCA / LOS OLIMPOS BEACH                                                             Fuengirola
                                                                      Description:
                                                                      This beach marks the border between Benalmádena and
                                                                      Fuengirola. It has a long swimming area and a zone in the shape of
                                                                      a horseshoe entering the sea, thanks to the breakwaters built here.

                                                                      Type of beach: urban
                                                                      Blue flag: no

                                                                      Width: 20 m
                                                                      Length: 1,200 m
                                                                      Surface material: sand
                                                                      Sand colour: dark

                                                                      Swell: none
                                                                      Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                      Closest marina: Fuengirola

                                                                      Nude beach: no

            District: Fuengirola                                      Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair hire, sports
            Town: Fuengirola                                          equipment hire, beach umbrella hire, showers, peddle-boats,
                                                                      lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking, promenade, cleaning
                                                                      service, public telephone, security surveillance, children's area.




61       www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Playa   Torreblanca / Los Olimpos               Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                             USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                             Surface area: 10.2 km2
                                                             Population: around 60,000
                                                             Name given to the local people: fuengiroleños
                                                             Location: On the western tip of the Costa del Sol, bordering the towns of
                                                             Mijas and Benalmádena. The city is 27 km from Málaga and 8 km from
                                                             Mijas. Average annual rainfall is 570 l/m2 and the average annual
                                                             temperature is 18º C.
                                                             What to see: Sohail Castle, archaeological site at Suel, Finca de Acevedo
                                                             and Finca de Secretario, City History Museum.
                                                             Tourist Information: Tourist Office, Avenida Jesús Santos Rein, 6 (29640).
                                                             Tel.: 95 246 74 57; fax: 95 246 51 00.



                                Fuengirola
62   www.visitcostadelsol.com     index   editorial   . Fuengirola                                       Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                  Given   the size of its population and its popularity      There are hardly any records of the Visigoth era, but we
                                with tourists, it is almost paradoxical that Fuengirola      do know a lot about the Muslim period. During the
                                only covers an area of 10 km2, when it also has an 8-km      caliphate of Abd-ar-Rahman III, the castle in the
                                beach. The paradox might be explained by the fact that       western part of the town was enlarged. The castle
                                when the land was first divided up, no one could have        nestles on a hill next to the river also called Fuengirola.
                                foreseen that the tourist boom of the twentieth century      It was in this castle that Henry II of Castile and the
                                would shatter not only the government-imposed                Yusuf I, a Nasrid ruler, signed a truce in 1340 that led
                                boundaries, but even more so, the nineteenth century         to a trade boom. The fortress has now been restored
                                notion of natural urban development.                         and converted into an open-air auditorium. The Arabs
                                                                                             changed the name from Suel to Sohail, this being the
                                With its own boundaries overrun by a formidable              name of a star in the Argos constellation that, the story
                                increase in tourism, the city has had to expand towards      goes, could only be seen from the castle itself.
                                the neighbouring town of Mijas, with the curious result
                                that half of a particular street belongs to Fuengirola and   Following the Catholic Monarchs' conquest in 1487, the
                                the other half to Mijas. Historical records show that        castle was destroyed, but the frequent pirate raids that
                                Phoenician settlers founded Fuengirola, although it          plagued the Mediterranean coast forced them restore it.
                                seems probable that several Iberian tribes had also          Years later, during the War of Independence, French,
                                been present in this enclave, which sits halfway             English and Spaniards fought over the fortress due to
                                between Cádiz and Málaga. The Phoenicians set up a           its status as a strategic defensive location.
                                salted fish trading post at a place they called Suel, and
                                from there they traded with other Mediterranean cities.      The city's current name comes from the term girolas,
                                The Romans made Suel a federated town, which was             ships that Genovese sailors used to fish for small fish
                                assigned by Augustus to the conventus of Gades               or boliche, a word that was also used for the previously
                                (Cádiz). It is believed that in those times there was a      separate township of Santa Fe de los Boliches, which is
                                very powerful oligarchy in place here and that the           now a part of Fuengirola proper.
                                inhabitants worshipped Neptune.




63   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index         editorial       . Fuengirola                                             Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                HOW TO GET THERE                                                includes a bustling marina and beach restaurants where
                                The Autopista del Mediterráneo motorway (A-7; N-340)            you can sample the local seafood.
                                provides an excellent communication link between
                                Fuengirola and the rest of the Costa del Sol. You can also      In contrast with this modern tourism-related infrastructure,
                                get here by train (Route C-2 on the Cercanías or commuter       the archaeological sites in the area offer visitors the
                                line) from Málaga, Torremolinos and Arroyo de la Miel           chance to discover Fuengirola's ancient history. In Suel, by
                                (Benalmádena) or from the airport.                              the mouth of the River Fuengirola, remains have been
                                                                                                unearthed of an aqueduct, mosaics, epigraphs and parts of
                                WHAT TO SEE                                                     ancient dwellings, as well as several burial sites south of
                                The Sohail Castle, which was destroyed and rebuilt several      the castle. All of this was linked to the salted fish industry,
                                times, is without any doubt the most emblematic                 in particular the production of garum (a kind of fish sauce).
                                monument in Fuengirola, both for its long and eventful
                                history and its unmistakable profile, which has become the      On the left bank of the river there is a cemetery, and Finca
                                symbol of the city. The fortress is surrounded by imposing      de Acevedo still has traces of a salted fish trading post with
                                square towers, and every part of it has been meticulously       dwellings and a late Roman necropolis, while at Finca del
                                restored to prevent deterioration and turn it into a cultural   Secretario, by the Pajares Stream, salting troughs have
                                and tourism site. It is now home to a remarkable open-air       been found in addition to bathhouses, ovens, dwellings
                                auditorium and inside there is a small museum with models       and a sculpture of Venus from the second century AD
                                that describe the monument's history.                           Likewise, in Torreblanca del Sol, near Las Presas Stream,
                                                                                                some bathhouses have been found that had been
                                Due to the profound and rapid changes that have taken           converted into a salted factory, as well as a cistern and a
                                place in the city over the last three decades, hardly any       Visigoth necropolis.
                                traces remain of the former fishermen's neighbourhood,
                                and even less of the market gardens that used to stretch        The City History Museum looks back at over 2600 years of
                                right down to the sea. This area is completely taken up with    local history in this beautiful Mediterranean city.
                                a magnificent seafront promenade -one of the longest on
                                the Spanish coast- where locals and visitors alike gaze out
                                to sea. Bars, large terraces, shops, restaurants and
                                landscaped areas line the 8 km of promenade, which also


64   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index          editorial        . Fuengirola                                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                FIESTAS
                                In Fuengirola, the fiestas begin with Holy Week, a            carriage exhibitions, dressage and riding shows, all
                                period that combines magnificent processions with the         combined with the best flamenco performances.
                                start of the 'beach season', since the region's mild
                                climate permits sunbathing this early in the year, except     In the evening, there's special excitement both at the
                                on the rare occasions that it rains. On the eve of San        fairground -a model that has been exported to other
                                Juan (23 June), Fuengiroleños also burn the "júas"            parts of Andalusia- and inside the numerous tents. But
                                (Judas) and on the day of the Virgen del Carmen in            horses take centre stage at the fair, stamping the most
                                July, the small neighbourhood of Los Boliches                 famous image of this celebration on the entire town.
                                commemorates its seafaring tradition by carrying a
                                statue of the Virgin in a procession, first on fishing        The Feria Internacional de los Pueblos (International
                                boats -a beautiful ritual performed in all coastal villages   Towns' Exhibition) takes place over four days in late
                                in Málaga- and then through the streets of the town.          March or early April, giving visitors the chance to find
                                                                                              out about typical food and folklore from over 30
                                Over the summer, the town really comes alive with             countries and Spanish regions.
                                festivities. In July, the Fuengirola Music and Dance
                                Festival is held at the Sohail Castle, featuring leading
                                artists and famous orchestras. The Musical Theatre
                                Festival has recently been added to the festive
                                calendar, bringing the best musical shows to the
                                Palacio de la Paz. In August the Veladilla del
                                Veraneante (Holidaymaker Day), which marks the end
                                of the summer festival season, serves as the prelude to
                                the great Feria de Octubre (October Fair) in honour of
                                the Virgen del Rosario (Lady of the Rosary).

                                The Rosario fiestas are among the most popular in
                                Andalusia, and are internationally renowned for their
                                equestrian shows. There are bullfights, horse and


65   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index          editorial       . Fuengirola                                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                FOOD
                                The highly cosmopolitan nature of the town led its cuisine
                                to adapt to modern times, so it is not easy to talk about
                                typical local cuisine except, of course, for the fish caught
                                off its coast, which are generally served fried. Pescado a la
                                sal or pescado al horno (fish baked in salt) is also a
                                traditional dish, as is of course rice with seafood.

                                LEISURE
                                The Palacio de la Paz is a recently constructed cultural
                                complex that covers an area of 2,000 m2 and can hold up
                                to 1,800 people. Its facilities can host any kind of event or
                                show, even those that, due to their nature, cannot be held
                                on a conventional stage.

                                Fuengirola Zoo (Tel.: 95 266 63 01), located in the heart of
                                the city, was designed so that the animals could enjoy the
                                greatest possible freedom, and great care has been taken
                                to recreate the natural habitat of the many species that live
                                here. Animals from all five continents are separated from
                                one another by spacious green areas, playgrounds and
                                water attractions that draw the visitor into an astonishing
                                landscape.




66   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index          editorial        . Fuengirola                    Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                            index . Málaga                                            TOURIST BOARD &
                                                                                                                     CONVENTION BUREAU



                                                                                                        Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                                              The district of Málaga is the third largest in the province
                                                                        after Antequera and Ronda, and contains at least two very
                                                                   different kinds of landscape. To the north lies the Sierra de
                                                                Málaga range, a heavily wooded and mountainous area, valuable
                                                             in terms of ecology and landscape and declared a Natural Park by the
                                                           Andalusian Regional Government. Towards the east, the landscape is
                                                        similar to La Axarquía; here you will find the highest peaks, such as Santo
                                                       Pitar (1,020 m).

                                                       . Baños del Carmen
                                                      . Campo de Golf / San Julián
                                                     . El Candado
                                                    . El Chanquete
                                                    . El Palo
                                                    . Fábrica de cemento
                                                     . Guadalhorce
                                                      . Guadalmar / San Julián
                                                       . Huelín
                                                        . La Araña
                                                         . La Caleta
                                                           . La Malagueta
                                                             . La Misericordia
                                                                . Pedregalejo / Las Acacias
                                                                  . Peñón del Cuervo
                                                                      . San Andrés
67   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial     . Index:   Málaga                                   Málaga, Sun and Sand
     b  AÑOS DEL CARMEN BEACH                                                                            Málaga
                                                                 Description:
                                                                 Alongside the capital's promenade and next to a leafy grove, you
                                                                 will find this charming little beach, a haven of tranquillity that never
                                                                 gets too crowded.

                                                                 Type of beach: urban
                                                                 Blue flag: no

                                                                 Width: 5 m
                                                                 Length: 550 m
                                                                 Surface material: sand
                                                                 Sand colour: dark

                                                                 Swell: moderate
                                                                 Level of occupancy: medium
                                                                 Closest marina: El Candado Yacht Club

                                                                 Nude beach: no

                                                                 Facilities and services: rubbish bins, parking, promenade,
         District: Málaga                                        cleaning service, security surveillance.
         Town: Málaga




68   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Baños   del Carmen Beach                          Málaga, Sun and Sand
     c AMPO DE GOLF / SAN JULIÁN BEACH                                                                 Málaga
                                                                Description:
                                                                This beach is located close to the Parador de Golf and the airport.
                                                                It is 1,800 m long and 50 m wide. It can get fairly busy and a section
                                                                of the beach is frequented by Nude beach bathers. It has dark sand
                                                                and vegetation, and the swell is usually moderate. It offers some
                                                                services and can be accessed by car.

                                                                Type of beach: isolated beach
                                                                Blue flag: no

                                                                Width: 50 m
                                                                Length: 1,850 m
                                                                Surface material: sand
                                                                Sand colour: dark

                                                                Swell: moderate
                                                                Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                Closest marina: Benalmádena

         District: Málaga                                       Nude beach: yes
         Town: Málaga
                                                                Facilities and services: cleaning service, security surveillance,
                                                                showers, beach chair hire, boat hire, kiosk.




69   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Campo de Golf / San Julián Beach                Málaga, Sun and Sand
     e L CANDADO BEACH                                                                               Málaga

                                                                 Description:
                                                                 A small beach next to El Candado marina.

                                                                 Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                 Blue flag: no

                                                                 Width: 30 m
                                                                 Length: 200 m
                                                                 Surface material: sand
                                                                 Sand colour: dark

                                                                 Swell: moderate
                                                                 Level of occupancy: high

                                                                 Closest marina: El Candado
         District: Málaga
         Town: Málaga                                            Nude beach: no

                                                                 Facilities and services: beach chair hire, showers, rubbish bins,
                                                                 parking, cleaning service.



70   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Candado Beach                            Málaga, Sun and Sand
     e L CHANQUETE BEACH
                                                                 Description:
                                                                                                       Málaga
                                                                 This beach, located in the area of El Palo, is included in the
                                                                 accessibility plan. It features a friendly atmosphere, offers good
                                                                 services and can get fairly crowded. It is close to El Candado Yacht
                                                                 Club. The sand is dark and the swell, moderate. This is a city beach
                                                                 with a promenade and many beach restaurants. It can be reached
                                                                 on foot or by car, and the access is well signposted.

                                                                 Type of beach: urban beach
                                                                 Blue flag: no

                                                                 Width: 25 m
                                                                 Length: 550 m
                                                                 Surface material: sand
                                                                 Sand colour: dark

                                                                 Swell: moderate
                                                                 Level of occupancy: high

                                                                 Closest marina: El Candado Yacht Club

                                                                 Nude beach: no
         District: Málaga
         Town: Málaga                                            Facilities and services: disabled access, security surveillance,
                                                                 showers, public telephone, rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach
                                                                 chair and beach umbrella hire, showers, boat hire, kiosk, parking.




71   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Chanquete Beach                            Málaga, Sun and Sand
     e L PALO BEACH                                                                                   Málaga
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This beach is one of many in the city of Málaga, whose coastline
                                                                  has been completely reconditioned. The construction of
                                                                  breakwaters along the coast has created various nooks for bathers
                                                                  to enjoy the sun and sea.

                                                                  Type of beach: urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 25 m
                                                                  Length: 1,200 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                  Closest marina: El Candado Yacht Club

                                                                  Nude beach: no
         District: Málaga
         Town: Málaga                                             Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                  showers, rubbish bins, parking, promenade, cleaning service,
                                                                  public telephone, security surveillance.




72   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Palo Beach                                Málaga, Sun and Sand
     f
     ÁBRICA DE CEMENTO BEACH                                                                           Málaga
                                                                 Description:
                                                                 This is a small beach next to a concrete factory Although it offers
                                                                 few facilities it often gets very crowded. It has dark sand and a
                                                                 moderate swell.

                                                                 Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                 Blue flag: no

                                                                 Width: 15 m
                                                                 Length: 300 m
                                                                 Surface material: sand
                                                                 Sand colour: dark

                                                                 Swell: moderate
                                                                 Level of occupancy: high

                                                                 Closest marina: El Candado Yacht Club
         District: Málaga
         Town: Málaga                                            Nude beach: no

                                                                 Facilities and services: cleaning service, security surveillance.




73   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Fábrica   de Cemento Beach                      Málaga, Sun and Sand
     g  UADALHORCE BEACH                                                                           Málaga
                                                               Description:
                                                               This beach is in a sheltered spot by the mouth of the River
                                                               Guadalhorce. It is often practically deserted because it is
                                                               completely isolated. It has a moderate swell and dark sand. It is
                                                               in a sheltered area with vegetation. It can be reached by car,
                                                               but has no parking facilities. It has practically no facilities or
                                                               services.

                                                               Type of beach: isolated beach
                                                               Blue flag: no

                                                               Width: 60 m
                                                               Length: 950 m
                                                               Surface material: sand
                                                               Sand colour: dark

                                                               Swell: moderate
                                                               Level of occupancy: medium

         District: Málaga                                      Closest marina: Benalmádena
         Town: Málaga                                          Nude beach: no

                                                               Facilities and      services:     cleaning    service,   security
                                                               surveillance.



74   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Guadalhorce   Beach                          Málaga, Sun and Sand
     g  UADALMAR / SAN JULIÁN BEACH                                                                 Málaga
                                                              Description:
                                                              The sediments deposited by the River Guadalhorce on the right
                                                              bank of the river mouth have given shape to this beach, which is not
                                                              very popular with bathers. It is close to the golf course and the
                                                              Guadalmar residential complex, near to the city of Málaga.

                                                              Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                              Blue flag: no

                                                              Width: 30 m
                                                              Length: 400 m
                                                              Surface material: sand
                                                              Sand colour: dark

                                                              Swell: moderate
                                                              Level of occupancy: medium

                                                              Closest marina: Benalmádena
         District: Málaga
         Town: Málaga                                         Nude beach: no

                                                              Facilities and services: showers, parking, promenade, cleaning
                                                              service, public telephone.



75   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Guadalmar   / San Julián Beach               Málaga, Sun and Sand
     h UELIN BEACH                                                                                      Málaga

                                                                 Description:
                                                                 This beach is near the port of Málaga. It is a thin strip of dark sand
                                                                 next to the sea promenade.

                                                                 Type of beach: urban beach
                                                                 Blue flag: no

                                                                 Width: 15 m
                                                                 Length: 700 m
                                                                 Surface material: sand
                                                                 Sand colour: dark

                                                                 Swell: moderate
                                                                 Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                 Closest marina: Mediterráneo Sports Club
         District: Málaga
         Town: Málaga                                            Nude beach: no

                                                                 Facilities and services: showers, cleaning service, kiosk.




76   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Huelin   Beach                                   Málaga, Sun and Sand
     l
     A ARAÑA BEACH                                                                                       Málaga
                                                                     Description:
                                                                     This is a charming little cove, with very modest urban development
                                                                     and a watchtower, from which you can enjoy beautiful sea views.

                                                                     Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                     Blue flag: no

                                                                     Width: 25 m
                                                                     Length: 400 m
                                                                     Surface material: sand
                                                                     Sand colour: golden

                                                                     Swell: moderate
                                                                     Level of occupancy: high

                                                                     Closest marina: El Candado Yacht Club

                                                                     Nude beach: no
            District: Málaga
            Town: Málaga                                             Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                     rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service.




77       www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Araña Beach                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
     l
     A CALETA BEACH                                                                                        Málaga
                                                                     Description:
                                                                     The high-rise buildings that line this section of Málaga's promenade
                                                                     run parallel to La Caleta beach.

                                                                     Type of beach: urban
                                                                     Blue flag: no

                                                                     Width: 20 m
                                                                     Length: 1,000 m
                                                                     Surface material: sand
                                                                     Sand colour: dark

                                                                     Swell: moderate
                                                                     Level of occupancy: high

                                                                     Closest marina: Mediterráneo Yacht Club

                                                                     Nude beach: no

            District: Málaga                                         Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
            Town: Málaga                                             umbrella hire, toilets, showers, peddle boats, lifeguard station,
                                                                     rubbish bins, parking, promenade, kiosk-bar, restaurant, cleaning
                                                                     service, hazard signs, public telephone, security surveillance.




78       www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Caleta Beach                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
     l
     A MALAGUETA BEACH                                                                                    Málaga
                                                                     Description:
                                                                     This city beach is very spacious and runs along the Levante
                                                                     breakwater of the port of Málaga, which has traditionally been a
                                                                     meeting point for local fisherman bringing up their nets.

                                                                     Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                     Blue flag: yes, since 2006

                                                                     Width: 45 m
                                                                     Length: 1,200 m
                                                                     Surface material: sand
                                                                     Sand colour: dark

                                                                     Swell: moderate
                                                                     Level of occupancy: high

                                                                     Closest marina: Mediterráneo Yacht Club

                                                                     Nude beach: no
            District: Málaga
            Town: Málaga                                             Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                     umbrella hire, toilets, showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins,
                                                                     parking, promenade, kiosk-bar, restaurant, cleaning service, hazard
                                                                     signs, public telephone, security surveillance, children's area.



79       www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Malagueta Beach                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
     l
     A MISERICORDIA BEACH                                                                                  Málaga
                                                                      Description:
                                                                      After leaving San Andrés beach, you will come across this strip of
                                                                      coastline that juts up to broad swathes of farmland.

                                                                      Type of beach: urban beach
                                                                      Blue flag: no

                                                                      Width: 30 m
                                                                      Length: 1,200 m
                                                                      Surface material: sand
                                                                      Sand colour: dark

                                                                      Swell: moderate
                                                                      Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                      Closest marina: Mediterráneo Yacht Club

            District: Málaga                                          Nude beach: no
            Town: Málaga
                                                                      Facilities and services: sports equipment hire, showers, lifeguard
                                                                      station, rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service, public telephone,
                                                                      security surveillance.



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     p  EDREGALEJO-LAS ACACIAS BEACH
                   L                                                                                  Málaga
                                                                Description:
                                                                A sandy beach parallel to Málaga's promenade. It has been
                                                                reconditioned, which has allowed for the creation of artificial reefs
                                                                along the coastline.

                                                                Type of beach: urban beach
                                                                Blue flag: no

                                                                Width: 20 m
                                                                Length: 1,200 m
                                                                Surface material: sand
                                                                Sand colour: dark

                                                                Swell: moderate
                                                                Level of occupancy: high

                                                                Closest marina: El Candado Yacht Club

                                                                Nude beach: no

         District: Málaga                                       Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
         Town: Málaga                                           umbrella hire, artificial breakwater, showers, lifeguard station,
                                                                rubbish bins, parking, promenade, cleaning service, hazard
                                                                warning, public telephone, security surveillance, children's area.




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     p  EÑÓN DEL CUERVO BEACH                                                                           Málaga
                                                                 Description:
                                                                 This cove takes its name from the large rock (peñón) found on its
                                                                 shoreline, which divides the beach into two swimming areas. Even
                                                                 though it is small and too close to a motorway, it is very popular with
                                                                 tourists in summer.

                                                                 Type of beach: isolated beach
                                                                 Blue flag: no

                                                                 Width: 25 m
                                                                 Length: 350 m
                                                                 Surface material: sand
                                                                 Sand colour: dark

                                                                 Swell: moderate
                                                                 Level of occupancy: high

                                                                 Closest marina: El Candado Yacht Club

         District: Málaga                                        Nude beach: no
         Town: Málaga
                                                                 Facilities and services: rubbish bins, parking, promenade,
                                                                 cleaning service, public telephone, security surveillance.




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     sAN ANDRÉS BEACH                                                                                 Málaga
                                                                 Description:
                                                                 Some of the recently constructed residential complexes and
                                                                 industrial buildings in southern Málaga lie along San Andrés beach.

                                                                 Type of beach: urban beach
                                                                 Blue flag: no

                                                                 Width: 50 m
                                                                 Length: 1,950 m
                                                                 Surface material: sand
                                                                 Sand colour: dark

                                                                 Swell: moderate
                                                                 Level of occupancy: high

                                                                 Closest marina: Mediterráneo Yacht Club

         District: Málaga                                        Nude beach: no
         Town: Málaga
                                                                 Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair hire,
                                                                 showers, rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service.




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                                                           USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                           Surface area: 385.5 km2
                                                           Population: 550,000
                                                           Name given to the local people: malagueños
                                                           Location: On the southern Mediterranean coast, 50 nautical miles from the
                                                           Strait of Gibraltar and 520 km from Spain's capital city, Madrid. Average
                                                           annual rainfall is 470 l/m2 and the average annual temperature is 18.5ºC.
                                                           What to see: Roman Theatre, Alcazaba, Gibralfaro Castle, Cathedral,
                                                           Sagrario Church, Episcopal Palace, Condes de Buenavista Palace/
                                                           Picasso Museum, Santiago Church, Plaza de la Merced, Picasso
                                                           Foundation, Customhouse, Paseo del Parque, Chancellor's Office of the
                                                           University of Málaga (former Post Office building), Bank of Spain, City Hall,
                                                           Puerta Oscura gardens, Pedro Luis Alonso gardens, Tres Gracias fountain,
                                                           Bullring, Courthouse (formerly the Miramar hotel), monument to the
                                                           Marquis of Larios, Larios St., Génova fountain, Pasaje de Chinitas,
                                                           Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País, Ateneo de Málaga, Santo Cristo
                                                           de la Salud Church, Santos Mártires Church, Museum of Popular Art and
                                                           Culture, Puerta de Atarazanas, Virgen de la Victoria Sanctuary, Finca de la
                                                           Concepción, Hacienda de El Retiro.
                                                           Tourist Information: Tourist Office, Plaza de la Marina, 11. Tel.: 95 212 20
                                                           20; fax: 95 212 20 23.




                                  Málaga
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                                  Málaga is the third largest district in the province after    reached the Andalusian coast in around 800 BC and
                                Antequera and Ronda. It combines at least two very              founded Malaka. At first, it wasn't so much a city as a
                                different kinds of landscape. To the north lies the Sierra de   trading post around the port. Some time later the Greeks
                                Málaga, a heavily wooded and mountainous area, very             founded the neighbouring site of Mainake, which was
                                valuable in terms of ecology and landscape, so much so          destroyed by the Carthaginians, who in turn were defeated
                                that it has been declared a Nature Park by the Andalusian       by the mighty Romans in the late third century BC in the
                                Regional Government. Towards the east, the country              Second Punic War.
                                resembles that of La Axarquía and features the highest
                                peaks, such as Santo Pitar (1,020 m).                           Export activity boomed under Roman rule, based mainly
                                                                                                around garum (fish sauce or paste), wine and olive oil. By
                                The landscape levels out to the west, shaping what is           end of the first century AD, the city was already a federated
                                known as Hoya de Málaga, which is the lowland formed            town with important buildings, including the theatre on the
                                where the Guadalmedina and Guadalhorce river valleys            slopes of La Alcazaba, which still remains today. As Roman
                                merge, before they flow out into the Mediterranean Sea. In      domination waned, the city passed onto the hands of
                                this area, the seaward-facing part of the city, which           different Germanic peoples, such as Vandals and
                                stretches out to the west, blends with the sugarcane fields,    Visigoths, and following the Islamic invasion it belonged to
                                orchards and market gardens that form the last redoubt of       the Emirate, and subsequently the Caliphate, of Córdoba.
                                an agricultural tradition that is steadily being absorbed by
                                industrial parks and the airport.                               Later on, the city fell under the control of Berber tribes,
                                                                                                followed by the Almoravids, the Almohads and the Nasrids.
                                The urban layout of the city stretches from east to west for    Despite these constant changes, the city retained its
                                some 12 km and the old town nestles in a huge                   trading activity, owing largely to the protection of its strong
                                semicircular area right in the middle. Practically all          walls and the lookout post provided by the Gibralfaro
                                Málaga's monuments and tourist attractions are situated         Castle.
                                here save for the historic gardens, which are on the
                                outskirts.                                                      Christian troops besieged the city of Málaga for a century,
                                                                                                until 1487, when the Moors finally surrendered. The
                                Faced with Assyrian expansion and the progressive               unconditional surrender entailed slavery or exile for a large
                                desertification of their lands, Phoenicians from Tyre           number of Málaga's residents. Following its


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                                Christianisation, the city underwent a process of radical       The Larios and Heredia families were the driving force
                                change. It started to spread beyond the old city walls and      behind this thriving economic activity, and the city showed
                                the Church quickly began to build its own places for            them its gratitude by erecting statues and naming some of
                                worshipping and monasteries. The Moorish rebellions of          its main streets after them. It was in the nineteenth century
                                the sixteenth century -which ended with their expulsion in      that Málaga focused on its urban layout: the working class
                                1614- and the consequent shortages, were followed by the        neighbourhoods and factories were located in the western
                                flooding of the River Guadalmedina and epidemics that           districts, and in the east were the large mansions of the
                                spread throughout the city in the seventeenth century, as       new bourgeoisie, while in the centre some of the streets
                                well as pirate and Berber incursions and attacks by French      were widened and architecturally striking buildings were
                                and British fleets. The local population limped towards the     erected.
                                end of the seventeenth century in a state of utter
                                exhaustion.                                                     However, a new economic crisis was looming. The
                                                                                                flourishing industry began to falter and the phylloxera
                                During the next century, Málaga entered an era of greater       plague destroyed most vines, which had traditionally been
                                stability in every sense of the word and, most importantly,     one of the mainstays of the province's economy. Málaga's
                                the economy began to strengthen, mainly due to farming          economy had many ups and downs, and did not really take
                                products' exports. The end of the monopoly on trading with      off until the 1960s, when the Costa del Sol became a
                                the Indies had a direct influence on the extension of port      standard in international mass tourism.
                                activity.
                                                                                                HOW TO GET THERE
                                In the nineteenth century, the city not only suffered as a      From anywhere on the Costa del Sol, take the A-7 (N-340)
                                result of the Napoleonic invasion but also from the conflicts   motorway; exits for Málaga are well signposted. If you're
                                between Liberals and Absolutists that led to the execution      coming from inland Andalusia, first follow the signs to
                                of General Torrijos and his companions by a firing squad        Antequera, and then get onto the A-45 (N-331) motorway,
                                on San Andrés beach in 1831, during the reign of                which leads to Málaga.
                                Ferdinand VII. Towards the middle of this century, Málaga
                                started a period of industrialisation based around textiles
                                and steel, making it the second most important area in
                                Spain in these industries.


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                                WHAT TO SEE
                                Except for the Phoenician remains found on the site of the        Ground), the Torre del Homenaje (Keep) and the Cuartos
                                Picasso Museum, the city's most ancient monument is the           de Granada (palace chambers). Today the site can be
                                Roman theatre (first century AD) located at the foot of the       accessed by lift.
                                Alcazaba. Its structure is similar to the Acinipo theatre in
                                Ronda. Parts of its proscenium, an entrance gallery, traces       The Gibralfaro Castle, which sits on the crest of the
                                of the orchestra pit and a large part of the cavea (16 m          mountain that bears the same name, is connected to the
                                high, and a radius of 31 m) have been preserved. Its stone        Alcazaba by a corridor (coracha) that runs between two
                                was used for the construction of the Alcazaba and for the         walls. Construction began on this strategic fortress in the
                                foundations of the Casa de la Cultura (Cultural Centre), a        late eighth century under the rule of Emir Abd-ar-Rahman
                                building that was pulled down in 1995 to restore the              I. Apparently, there had been a lighthouse on the summit,
                                ancient monument.                                                 at least according to a seventh-century document, which
                                                                                                  refers to the mountain as Gebel Faruk (lighthouse
                                The Alcazaba dates back to the dawn of the eleventh               mountain).
                                century, but some decades later King Badis of the Granada
                                taifa turned it into one of the most important Muslim             When the city fell to the Catholic Monarchs, the fortress
                                fortresses of that time by providing it with a triple fortified   was used as a military garrison, and in the eighteenth
                                complex with several towers. Inside the fortress, there was       century a magazine was built inside it, which has now been
                                a palace for the Muslim high authorities and quarters for         converted into a visitors' centre. The castle was partially
                                their servants. After the Christian conquest it became a          destroyed during the Napoleonic invasion and later rebuilt,
                                royal residence for the Catholic Monarchs and Phillip IV.         but it retains some parts of the earlier structure. It should
                                                                                                  be noted that in addition to its extraordinary historical
                                The fortress was abandoned during the eighteenth century          value, the complex (with car access) offers the best views
                                and in the mid-nineteenth century it was turned into a            over the city.
                                neighbourhood where poor people dwelled. It was
                                declared a National Monument in 1931, and its restoration         Immediately after the city was conquered by Christian
                                and reconstruction began at that time under the direction of      troops, the former mosque was consecrated under the
                                local historian Juan Temboury and architect Guerrero              name of Virgen de la Encarnación (Our Lady of the
                                Strachan. The most interesting features are the Arco del          Incarnation), and 30 years later construction work began
                                Cristo (Arch of Christ), the Plaza de Armas (Parade               for the Cathedral on the site of the former mosque.
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                                The new church was designed in flamboyant style, but           In the Virgen del Rosario chapel, there is an impressive
                                when Diego de Siloé took charge of the project he              painting Alonso Cano: the best painting in Málaga
                                decided to go for a Renaissance style. However, it took        Cathedral. The two seventeenth-century pulpits made with
                                over two centuries to build it, so successive architectural    pink stone are also remarkable.
                                styles were incorporated, particularly Baroque with some
                                Neoclassical features. The southern tower was never            The Iglesia del Sagrario (Sagrario Church) that is attached
                                completed, so Málaga's Cathedral is known as La                to the Cathedral on the north side is notable for its
                                Manquita (one-arm).                                            sixteenth-century flamboyant Gothic façade. Inside there is
                                                                                               a single barrel vaulted nave with a magnificent Plateresque
                                The magnificent stonework, culminating in the main             altarpiece that was brought from a village in Palencia.
                                façade, features some of the most remarkable details and
                                artistry ever to be seen in the city. One example is the       In the Plaza del Obispo, to the left of the Cathedral's main
                                seating area for the choir, carved by Pedro de Mena and        façade, stands the Palacio Episcopal (Episcopal Palace), a
                                other artists. De Mena is responsible for 42 figures and the   group of buildings from the sixteenth, seventeenth and
                                ends of the choir. There are also two grandiose eighteenth-    eighteenth centuries. The most remarkable thing about the
                                century organs located on either side.                         splendid Baroque façade, divided by pilasters into five
                                                                                               vertical panels, three storeys high, and crowned with a
                                The Cathedral has 15 chapels and 25 altars. La                 pinnacled balustrade, is the white, pink and grey marble
                                Encarnación chapel is in the centre of the ambulatory. It      work with a niche at the top that houses a statue of the
                                has a lavish Neoclassical marble altarpiece. The Santa         Virgen de las Angustias (Our Lady of Sorrows). An artistic
                                Bárbara chapel has a Gothic altarpiece that belonged to        stairway with a decorated vault starts in the inner
                                the former mosque-cathedral, although the main image is        courtyard, which has elegant Tuscan columns. The main
                                by Fernando Ortiz (1765). The Virgen de los Reyes chapel       floor of the palace is currently used for exhibitions.
                                contains a Gothic figure of the Virgin that was donated by
                                Isabella the Catholic and two sculptures representing          The Cathedral's Puerta de los Naranjos (Naranjos Gate)
                                Ferdinand and Isabella in prayer, also carved by Pedro de      opens out onto San Agustín St. This is for sure one of the
                                Mena, who also sculpted the exquisite Dolorosa (Weeping        most traditional streets in Málaga, where the Palacio de los
                                Madonna) in Los Caídos chapel, which is overlooked by a        Condes de Buenavista (Counts of Buenavista's Palace) is
                                Crucifix carved by his father, Alonso de Mena.                 located. This is one of the few secular Renaissance


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                                structures in Málaga and dates back to 1520. Its austere       brick façade with an pointed arch and the Almohad-style
                                façade has some Plateresque features and the lookout           brick tower. Its interior is profusely adorned with
                                tower gives it a fortress-like appearance.                     stuccowork, especially the side chapels.

                                Since October 2003, this beautiful palace has been home        A few metres further along is the Plaza de la Merced, a
                                to the Picasso Museum. The museum owns the private             typical example of nineteenth-century town planning. The
                                collection of Christine Picasso, which she kindly donated to   convents of La Paz and La Merced and the Santa Ana
                                the city that was the birthplace of the most emblematic        hospital once stood here, but no trace of them remains.
                                artist in twentieth-century Spain. The former mansion,         The monument to General Torrijos was erected in the
                                which also houses the Provincial Museum of Fine Art, was       centre of the square in 1842, eleven years after he was
                                meticulously renovated and then adapted to its new role as     executed by a firing squad on San Andrés beach for his
                                a museum, following the guidelines of modernity and            Liberal ideas. The monument is by Rafael Mitjana, who
                                respect for the original sixteenth-century structure at the    designed a slender obelisk crowned with a wreath of laurel.
                                same time. The transformation of the premises has been
                                praised as exemplary by international experts.                 Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in 1881 on the northern part
                                                                                               of the square, in one of the Casas de Campos. The
                                The permanent collection, made up of over 200 works by         building where he was born has housed the Picasso
                                the genius from Málaga, is displayed in several rooms that     Foundation since 1988 and is considered to have one of
                                have retained the palace's magnificent Mudéjar coffered        the most comprehensive archives of documents relating to
                                ceilings. Paintings, sculptures, prints and ceramics           this artist in the whole world. It also has a museum section
                                represent the different creative periods of this artist, who   exhibiting a choice selection of prints, photographs, and
                                finally returned to his home town under the best possible      ceramics and even a recreation of what the house
                                condition in terms of exhibition venues.                       belonging to the Picasso family looked in the late
                                                                                               nineteenth century.
                                The Picasso Museum opens onto the pedestrian area of
                                Granada St, and is just a stone's throw from the Santiago      The Plaza de María Guerrero adjoins the Plaza de la
                                Church, where Picasso was christened. The church was           Merced and the Alcazabilla St. begins there. On this street,
                                modified in the eighteenth century but two important           you will see the back of the Picasso Museum, the Roman
                                features of the original Mudéjar construction remain: the      theatre and the entrance to the Alcazaba fortress, with the


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                                Palacio de la Aduana (Customhouse) opposite. This is one     There are several Romantic arbours along the promenade,
                                of the most emblematic buildings in Málaga. It was planned   featuring busts of the poets Salvador Rueda and Rubén
                                and begun in the late eighteenth century to take the place   Darío and a sculpture by Jaime Pimentel of a traditional
                                of the old customhouse in Puerta del Mar, and was finally    vendor of biznagas (a local flowering plant). The Cervantes
                                completed early in the nineteenth century.                   Ave. runs parallel to the Paseo del Parque and here there
                                                                                             are three remarkable early twentieth-century buildings. The
                                The Neoclassical structure is based around a square floor    former Post Office, now the Chancellor's Office of the
                                plan and has an austere dressed stone façade. The interior   University of Málaga, has a peculiar Neo-Mudéjar design
                                is arranged around a courtyard and has a double portico      and the Bank of Spain building features an elegant
                                crowned with a balustrade featuring Roman sculptures. It     Neoclassical style. Málaga's City Hall was built in a quite
                                was used for a whole host of different functions -even a     simple Baroque style and was designed by Guerrero
                                tobacco factory- before being eventually turned into local   Strachan and Rivera Vera. Of particular note are the main
                                government offices, but in a few years' time, it will be     staircase, the assembly hall and the Sala de Los Espejos
                                converted into the Museum of Fine Art and Archaeology,       (Hall of Mirrors).
                                whose items are stored due to the lack of a suitable space
                                to display them. In the meantime, some of the best works     The Puerta Oscura Gardens are behind the City Hall,
                                from the Fine Art Museum are on display on the ground        under the south wall of the Alcazaba, on the site of an
                                floor.                                                       ancient Roman villa. The gardens are organised into
                                                                                             terraces and zigzag paths in order to take advantage of the
                                Next to the Customhouse is the Paseo del Parque, a           mountain slope. Opposite the eastern wall of the City Hall
                                promenade that stretches between the port, Cortina del       are the Pedro Luis Alonso Gardens, where nineteenth-
                                Muelle and the slopes of the Alcazaba. This green space,     century landscaping blends with Spanish-Muslim features
                                which is approximately 800 m long and sits on land           such as a pool with water jets and rows of orange trees.
                                reclaimed from the sea in the late nineteenth century, is
                                less a park in the usual sense than a botanical garden.      The eastern end of the Paseo del Parque runs into the
                                Numerous tropical and subtropical tree species, including    Plaza del General Torrijos, in the centre of which is a
                                one or two that are unique on our continent, have adapted    nineteenth-century fountain named Las Tres Gracias,
                                well to this location, and therefore catches visitors'       which previously stood in the Plaza de la Constitución. If
                                attention.                                                   you continue along the Paseo de Reding you will see the


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                                Plaza de Toros (a nineteenth-century Neo-Mudéjar                 side of this square leads onto a little lane known as Pasaje
                                bullring) and on the right, around 100 m further along, the      de Chinitas, with its typical echoes of García Lorca's bulls,
                                former Hotel Miramar, which is now the Palacio de Justicia       flamenco dancing and singing.
                                (Courthouse). This is another great building designed by
                                Guerrero Strachan in the 1920s.                                  On the northern side of the square, you will find the former
                                                                                                 Consulate, now the central offices of the Sociedad
                                Back in the city centre, you will find the Plaza de la Marina,   Económica de Amigos del País (Economic Society of
                                between the port and Málaga's two main streets, Larios           Friends of the Country). It has an artistic façade and a
                                and La Alameda. This square has been remodelled many             beautiful eighteenth-century style courtyard. The adjacent
                                times, and on the last occasion, sections of the Nasrid          building, the Ateneo de Málaga (Málaga Athenaeum), was
                                walls and the seventeenth-century port walls were                formerly a School of Arts and Trades, where Picasso
                                uncovered and are now preserved in the underground car           attended his first art lessons. These two buildings and the
                                park. The monument to the Marquis of Larios, by Mariano          Santo Cristo de la Salud Church (in Compañía St.)
                                Benlliure, overlooks the Plaza. The Marquis of Larios was        belonged to the Society of Jesus. The seventeenth-century
                                the driving force behind Málaga's new aspect and this was        church has a circular floor plan crowned with a large dome.
                                why Larios St. was named after him. It links the port district   It houses a magnificent altarpiece dating from 1633 and
                                directly to the Plaza de la Constitución. Larios St., the        the tomb of Pedro de Mena.
                                street for shopping in Málaga's, was designed by Eduardo
                                Strachan in late nineteenth century according to the             If you continue along Compañía St. to Los Mártires Alley,
                                Chicago School standards. It was recently remodelled and         you end up at the square and church of the same name:
                                is now the best kept part of the city.                           the Iglesia de los Santos Mártires (Church of the Holy
                                                                                                 Martyrs), commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs. Work
                                Larios St. leads into the Plaza de la Constitución, a former     began on it in the sixteenth century but it was remodelled
                                Muslim market square that was turned into the city's main        in the eighteenth century, so the decoration is late
                                square after the Christian conquest. It was remodelled at        Baroque.
                                the same time as Larios St. and here they placed the
                                Renaissance (sixteenth century) Fuente de Génova                 Back on Compañía St. and heading west towards the River
                                (Genoa Fountain), which previously stood on one of the           Guadalmedina, take the Pasillo de Santa Isabel, which
                                arbours dotted along the Paseo del Parque. The eastern           runs parallel to the river. At number 10 you will find the


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                                Mesón de la Victoria, a tavern built in the seventeenth           Inside the church, of particular note are the Lady
                                century over a former fifteenth-century mosque. Since the         Chapel, which has exuberant Rococo artwork
                                1970s, it has been home to the Museum of Popular Art and          intermingled with angels, plant motifs and Marian
                                Traditions, offering a glimpse of what life in Málaga was         symbols, as well as the crypt belonging to the Counts of
                                like in centuries gone by, its rural, mining, industrial and      Buenavista. The latter is morbidly dramatic, with white
                                bourgeois past, along with a well-preserved collection of         plasterwork ornaments against black backgrounds,
                                utensils, tools and furnishings.                                  which gives it a macabre dramatic character.

                                As you leave Pasillo de Santa Isabel, you will come across        Leaving Málaga by the Autovía de Las Pedrizas (A-4;
                                Plaza de Arriola and the Central Market, where the Puerta         N-331) you will see a sign indicating the exit for Finca
                                de las Atarazanas, the gateway to the former Medieval             de la Concepción, one of the best tropical gardens in
                                shipyards, still stands. Although it has been considerably        Europe. It was built in the nineteenth century by the
                                restored, this gate still features a large pointed horseshoe      Marquises of Casa Loring, who erected a Classical-
                                arch, the only element remaining from a large 5,000 m2            style palace on the site. The estate has an unusual
                                building that in the Christian period served as an arsenal        display of forests with bridges, small waterfalls and a
                                which collapsed after the explosion of several gunpowder          graceful Doric bandstand. Countless motion pictures
                                mills in the seventeenth century. After its reconstruction, it    have been shot here, it was declared a Historic-Artistic
                                was turned into a hospital, and in the nineteenth century it      Garden in 1943 and acquired by the City Council.
                                was used as a college to train surgeons and even as an
                                artillery garrison, until the decision was made in 1868 to        A little further along (3 km on the Coín road after it splits
                                demolish all of it, except for the southern gate, in order to     off from the N-340) is the Hacienda de El Retiro (El
                                build the market.                                                 Retiro Estate), built by Bishop Alonso de Tomás in the
                                                                                                  seventeenth century. The original garden and orchard
                                The Santuario de la Virgen de la Victoria (Our Lady of            were converted into a landscaped garden and patio in
                                Victory Sanctuary) is outside the old quarter but still in the    the following century by the Counts of Buenavista, and
                                city centre. It was originally a chapel built on the site where   later the Count of Villalcázar built court gardens with
                                Ferdinand the Catholic set up camp as he prepared to take         beautiful fountains, sculptures and ornamental water
                                Málaga. In the seventeenth century, the chapel was                features.
                                replaced with a Baroque church, whose construction was
                                funded by the Count of Buenavista.
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                                FIESTAS
                                Málaga has two major popular celebrations: Holy Week             where the activity continues on through the night. In the
                                and the August Fair. There are, however, other festivities       city centre, traditional bars get crowded, whereas at the
                                that are deeply ingrained in popular tradition, such as          Real de la Feria there are public and private marquees that
                                Carnival in late February, Corpus Christi in late May or         draw in the crowds.
                                early June, the Virgen del Carmen celebration with its
                                maritime procession in mid-July, and the Fiesta Mayor de
                                Verdiales (traditional Andalusian music festival) on 28
                                December at the Venta de San Cayetano in the
                                neighbourhood of Puerto de la Torre, where you can enjoy
                                the traditional verdiales competition while sampling the
                                local wine and dry cured pork. And, in addition, each
                                neighbourhood also organises its own fiestas.

                                During Holy Week, Málaga becomes a gigantic stage
                                where the cofradías or fraternities re-enact the Passion of
                                Christ in the street, amid tumultuous popular fervour that
                                goes through the whole range of human emotions.
                                Grandeur, devotion, luxury, sobriety, joy, the singing of        The official programme for these dates is full of events and
                                saetas, silence, cheers and applause... all forming a whole      there is something to meet all tastes. There is special
                                that is hard to explain but quickly embraced by anyone           emphasis, however, on local folklore and flamenco and on
                                willing to experience it.                                        contemporary music, especially for young people, who can
                                                                                                 attend performances by famous groups and singers in the
                                The August Fair commemorates the taking of Málaga by             Real's auditorium. Bullfighting fans also await for the fair to
                                the Catholic Monarchs and lasts for nine days full of fun        start because the best bullfights take place in La
                                and revelry. Over the last few decades, Málaga's fair has        Malagueta on these days.
                                been held in two different places: the historic district hosts
                                the so-called Feria de Día (Day Fair) and the Cortijo de
                                Torres, outside the city, is the site of the Real de la Feria,


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                                FOOD                                                              NATURE
                                Málaga is an open tourist town and you can sample almost          Montes de Málaga Natural Park breathes fresh air into the
                                any type of food at its many restaurants, be it local,            city. It covers an area of 4,800 ha and is dotted with
                                regional or international. There are restaurants to suit all      canyons and ravines. Its current aspect is the result of its
                                tastes and budgets, from more modest and affordable sites         use in the past as a grape-growing area, leading to the
                                to more exclusive restaurants, including the Michelin-            establishment of wineries throughout the mountain range.
                                starred Café de Paris.                                            This transformed considerably the native flora, which had
                                                                                                  been characterised by vast areas of forest and
                                However, visitors generally prefer to try local specialties,      Mediterranean scrubland, of which there are still a few
                                and there is no doubt that pescaíto frito (small fried fish) is   remnants.
                                the local dish par excellence. Pescaíto frito can cover a
                                range of different types of fish and seafood, but you will        Agricultural activity here began to decline in 1878, the year
                                mainly find boquerón (anchovies), jurel (horse mackerel),         the phylloxera plague affected the vines. Since the area
                                salmonetes (red mullet), calamares (squid), and pijotas           had been practically stripped of all its forests, flash floods
                                (baby hake). You could also try the espetos de sardinas           were frequent, and the city of Málaga was in a permanent
                                (grilled sardine skewers), almejas (clams) and coquinas           state of alert. From 1933 onwards, great efforts were made
                                (type of clams). The list goes on, but this is the most           to reforest the Guadalmedina river basin. In the end, the
                                common combination. Pescaíto frito is served in most              project was only half completed, accounting for the 5,000
                                restaurants around the city but it is especially traditional in   or so hectares that now make up the natural park. The
                                beachfront restaurants.                                           Mediterranean vegetation of this region has been partially
                                                                                                  replaced with conifers, which live alongside olive, cork and
                                Other typical dishes are gazpacho and ajoblanco (chilled          carob trees and, to a lesser extent, other species. As many
                                garlic and almond soup), gazpachuelo (a fish soup) and            as 230 botanical and 160 vertebrate species have been
                                ensalada malagueña (a salad of boiled potatoes, cod,              catalogued in this area.
                                oranges, hard-boiled eggs, olives, onions and olive oil).
                                Plato de los Montes is typically served in the taverns that
                                surround the city and is a dish of fried potatoes, pork loin
                                in lard, chorizo sausage, fried peppers and fried eggs.



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                                                                                                     Málaga, Sun and Sand

                                                                             This area contains five urban areas between the River
                                                                         Manilva and the border with Cádiz, all of which were
                                                                      founded at different times, and where most of the local
                                                                   population lives: Manilva, Sabinillas, El Castillo, Hondacavada
                                                                 and Puerto de la Duquesa, along with various residential
                                                                developments which are growing in a constant and systematic way.


                                                           .   Chullera

                                                       .   El Negro

                                                      .    La Duquesa / El Castillo

                                                       .       Las Arenas / El Gobernador

                                                           .    Sabinillas

                                                                .   Los Toros




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     c HULLERA BEACH                                                                                 Manilva

                                                                 Description:
                                                                 This long and spacious beach curves along the Punta Chullera
                                                                 coastline. It is the gateway to the province of Cádiz.

                                                                 Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                 Blue flag: no

                                                                 Width: 6 m
                                                                 Length: 700 m
                                                                 Surface material: rocky
                                                                 Rock colour: dark

                                                                 Swell: moderate
                                                                 Level of occupancy: low

                                                                 Closest marina: La Duquesa
         District: Manilva
         Town: Manilva                                           Nude beach: no

                                                                 Facilities and services: rubbish bins, cleaning service.




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     e L NEGRO BEACH                                                                                 Manilva
                                                                 Description:
                                                                 This beach stretches from Cala de la Sardina to Alcorrín Stream. It
                                                                 is a very popular spot with tuna fishermen since some of the most
                                                                 beautiful specimens have been caught here.

                                                                 Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                 Blue flag: no

                                                                 Width: 20 m
                                                                 Length: 1,300 m
                                                                 Surface material: sand
                                                                 Sand colour: dark

                                                                 Swell: moderate
                                                                 Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                 Closest marina: La Duquesa
         District: Manilva
         Town: Manilva                                           Nude beach: no

                                                                 Facilities and services: rubbish bins, cleaning service.




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     l
     A DUQUESA / EL CASTILLO BEACH                                                                        Manilva
                                                                      Description:
                                                                      Located next to La Duquesa marina, this beach has various
                                                                      reconditioned swimming areas defined by the various breakwaters.

                                                                      Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                      Blue flag: no

                                                                      Width: 30 m
                                                                      Length: 1,600 m
                                                                      Surface material: sand
                                                                      Sand colour: dark

                                                                      Swell: moderate
                                                                      Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                      Closest marina: La Duquesa

                                                                      Nude beach: no
            District: Manilva
            Town: Manilva                                             Facilities and services: disabled access, showers, v, rubbish bins,
                                                                      parking, volleyball facilities, cleaning service, children's area.




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     l
     AS ARENAS / EL GOBERNADOR BEACH                                                                    Manilva
                                                                    Description:
                                                                    Calm waters and a stretch of sandy beach set against a rocky
                                                                    backdrop. On this beach you will find the small cove known as Cala
                                                                    de las Sardinas.

                                                                    Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                    Blue flag: no

                                                                    Width: 20 m
                                                                    Length: 1,000 m
                                                                    Surface material: sand
                                                                    Sand colour: dark

                                                                    Swell: moderate
                                                                    Level of occupancy: low

                                                                    Closest marina: La Duquesa
            District: Manilva
            Town: Manilva                                           Nude beach: no

                                                                    Facilities and services: disabled access, showers, lifeguard
                                                                    station, rubbish bins, parking, cleaning service.



99       www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Las Arenas / El Gobernador Beach              Málaga, Sun and Sand
  s    ABINILLAS BEACH                                                                                   Manilva
                                                                    Description:
                                                                    The mouth of the River Manilva marks the beginning of this beach,
                                                                    where many blocks of flats have been built, creating a true tourist
                                                                    neighbourhood. However, you can still enjoy this long stretch of
                                                                    rugged beach.

                                                                    Type of beach: urban beach
                                                                    Blue flag: yes, since 2006

                                                                    Width: 50 m
                                                                    Length: 1,700 m
                                                                    Surface material: sand
                                                                    Sand colour: dark

                                                                    Swell: none
                                                                    Level of occupancy: high

                                                                    Closest marina: La Duquesa

                                                                    Nude beach: no
         District: Manilva
         Town: Manilva                                              Facilities and services: disabled access, beach restaurant (open
                                                                    all year round), showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, volleyball
                                                                    net, cleaning service, children's area.




100   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Sabinillas   Beach                                Málaga, Sun and Sand
  l   OS TOROS BEACH                                                                                     Manilva
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  The name of this beach comes from the nearby Cañada Real de
                                                                  Los Barrios, where livestock used to roam. It is just the right size for
                                                                  long walks along the seashore.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 50 m
                                                                  Length: 1,300 m
                                                                  Surface material: gravel
                                                                  Gravel colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: low

                                                                  Closest marina: La Duquesa

         District: Manilva                                        Nude beach: no
         Town: Manilva
                                                                  Facilities and services: showers, first aid and lifeguard station,
                                                                  rubbish bins, volleyball net, cleaning service.




101   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Los   Toros Beach                                 Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                            USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                            Surface area: 35.3 km2
                                                            Population: around 7,500
                                                            Name given to the local people: manilveños
                                                            Location: this is the westernmost town of the Costa del Sol, bordering the
                                                            province of Cádiz. It is 97 km from the city of Málaga and 35 km from
                                                            Gibraltar. Its average annual rainfall is 750 l/m2 and the average annual
                                                            temperature is 17º C.
                                                            What to see: Duquesa Castle or Sabinillas Fort, Santa Ana Church,
                                                            Chullera towers.
                                                            Tourist Information: Town Hall, C/ Mar, 34 (29691). Tel.: 95 289 00 65; fax:
                                                            95 289 00 66. Tourist Office, Sabinillas-Manilva road, Km. 0.50. Tel.: 95 289
                                                            08 45; fax: 95 289 08 45.


                                  Manilva
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                                   T his area contains five urban areas between the        remains in some caves in the Sierra de Utrera
                                 River Manilva and the border with the province of         mountains, and Bronze Age remains have been
                                 Cádiz, all of which were founded at different times,      found at the Cerro del Castillo archaeological site.
                                 and where most of the local population lives:
                                 Manilva, Sabinillas, El Castillo, Hondacavada and         But here again it was the Romans who left more
                                 Puerto de la Duquesa, along with various residential      tangible traces of their culture, such as the Roman
                                 developments which are growing in a constant and          villa at Sabinillas, the ruins of what was apparently a
                                 systematic way.                                           tower on the Cerro del Hacho hill, and pottery at
                                                                                           Haza del Casareño. Traces of the Muslim period are
                                 The landscape, a far cry from the more rugged             found farther inland, away from the coast.
                                 inland areas of the province, is similar to that of
                                 nearby Campo de Gibraltar, with a succession of low       From the sixteenth century onwards, the history of
                                 hills and short streams that flow directly into the sea   Manilva parallels that of Casares, the county to
                                 (such as Alcorrín, Martagina, Indiano, Estanquillo…)      which it used to belong. The lack of security in this
                                 Manilva sits on one of these hills, Los Mártires, less    part of the Mediterranean during the sixteenth
                                 than 3 km from the coast.                                 century posed a threat to many communities, and
                                                                                           Málaga, Gibraltar and Ronda requested that Charles
                                 This region has been blanketed with vineyards since       V should urge the Duke of Arcos to provide more
                                 at least the sixteenth century, but now the vineyards     protection and to set up a town on the coast.
                                 share the land with cereal fields, vegetable gardens,
                                 fruit trees and pastureland, which is more abundant       In 1528, Charles V ordered the construction of a
                                 the closer one gets to the River Guadiaro, bordering      tower at El Salto de la Mora, and shortly afterwards
                                 the province of Cádiz.                                    around fifty people from Casares moved to Los
                                                                                           Mártires hillock. They were the first settlers of the
                                 Manilva is very close to the Strait of Gibraltar, so      original Manilva, which would continue to depend on
                                 practically every culture that passed through the         Casares until 1796, when it was granted
                                 Iberian Peninsula also passed through this area.          independence.
                                 Human beings have lived here continuously since
                                 the Neolithic period. There are late Neolithic


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                                 HOW TO GET THERE                                                 other is more modern. Both have been used for various
                                 From anywhere on the Costa del Sol, take the Autopista           different purposes over the course of their history.
                                 del Mediterráneo motorway (AP-7) towards Cádiz. If you
                                 are setting off from Estepona, there are two options: either     FIESTAS
                                 continue on the AP-7 motorway, or else take the old N-340.       During the town's Carnival in late February, many locals
                                 In either case, Manilva is well signposted, but you must         take part in chirigotas and comparsas, parades whose
                                 take the A-377. The town is very close to the coast and          humorous songs generally put an ironic spin on local
                                 halfway between the two routes mentioned above.                  affairs. As in other Andalusian villages, Holy Week has a
                                                                                                  special religious meaning in Manilva that is not
                                 WHAT TO SEE                                                      incompatible with other more entertaining customs.
                                 This town's most notable historic and artistic monument is
                                 the Castillo de la Duquesa (Castle of the Duchess), also         On the eve of San Juan, the age-old "night of fire", the
                                 known as Fortín de Sabinillas (Sabinillas Fort). It was built    Manilveños proceed to burn the "júas" (Judas) and to
                                 on the same site as the Roman villa must have been. The          splash seawater on their faces as a way of warding off evil.
                                 location provides sweeping views along the coast, which is       On 27 July the village overflows with the crowded Virgen
                                 why it was built on this site back in 1767, to defend the area   de Fátima pilgrimage that is held at the San Adolfo Chapel
                                 from constant pirate attacks. Francisco Paulino, from            close to the Hedionda Baths.
                                 Seville, funded the construction, and the King
                                 compensated him by placing him in command of a cavalry           Each year, on 16 July, the seafaring communities of San
                                 company. The engineer Miguel del Castillo was in charge          Luis de Sabinillas and El Castillo de la Duquesa stage a
                                 of the project design and development.                           procession for the Virgen del Carmen (the Patron Virgin of
                                                                                                  seafarers). The image of the Virgin is taken out to sea
                                 The Santa Ana Church was built in the eighteenth century         followed by a line of decorated boats that sound their horns
                                 on top of an earlier and smaller late-sixteenth century          in her honour.
                                 church, of which almost no records have survived. The
                                 present building is 36 m long by 20 m wide. It was               On 26 July, the day of the town's Patron Saint, Saint Anne,
                                 renovated in the mid-nineteenth century. The Torres de           villagers and tourists alike take part in the events organised
                                 Chullera watchtowers served to keep a lookout over the           by the Town Council, including a float parade, street parties
                                 coastal area. One of them is from the Nasrid period and the      and other shows that go on into the night. The


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                                 neighbourhood of Sabinillas also pays tribute to its own
                                 Patron Saint, San Luis de Sabinillas, with the August Fair,
                                 which uses the sea as an attraction to draw in huge crowds
                                 of visitors. As part of the festivities, there are lively sporting
                                 competitions, music and dance.

                                 One of the most important fiestas in Manilva is La Vendimia
                                 (grape harvest) in the first week of September, coinciding
                                 with the end of the grape harvest. The village pays tribute
                                 to the product that, for so many years has been, and still is,
                                 the mainstay of its economy. One of the most traditional
                                 events is the crushing of the grapes, which produces the
                                 first grape juice (mosto) and everyone there gets a taste.

                                 FOOD
                                 In a fishing community such as this, fish and seafood                spinach and chard stew) and salmorejo de pulpo (an
                                 are usually chosen over land produce, although in this               octopus dish). And you simply can't leave without
                                 case second choice is by no means second-rate.                       sampling the local muscatel grapes and juice.
                                 Besugo (sea bream), salmonete (red mullet), mero (sea
                                 bass) and bonito (white tuna), prepared in many
                                 different ways, are the most common dishes to be
                                 found here, but sardinas al horno (baked sardines)
                                 really take the top prize. Other typical dishes from this
                                 area include: sopa de espárragos and sopa de tomate
                                 (asparagus soup and tomato soup, respectively) and,
                                 needless to say, sopa de almejas (clam chowder),
                                 potaje de jibia (cuttlefish stew, once again the sea in a
                                 stewing pot), and potaje de calabaza, potaje de
                                 espinacas, potaje de acelgas (respectively, pumpkin,


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                                                                                                   Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                                              The unmistakable profile of the Sierra Blanca
                                                                        range, visible from anywhere in the city, is the defining
                                                                    geographical feature of the region. Its northern reaches are
                                                                 especially mountainous -with some peaks exceeding 1,000 m-
                                                              and criss-crossed by innumerable valleys which continue to instil
                                                            the area with a natural beauty despite the rampant spread of luxury
                                                           housing developments erected over the last years.

                                                         . Artola / Cabo Pino                  . Las Chapas
                                                        . Cortijo Blanco                     . La Venus
                                                       . Costa Bella                        . La Víbora
                                                       . El Alicate                        . Linda Vista
                                                       . El Ancón                         . Los Monteros
                                                       . El Cable                         . Nagüeles
                                                        . El Faro                         . Nueva Andalucía / El Duque
                                                         . El Pinillo                      . Pinomar
                                                           . Fontanilla                     . Puerto Banús
                                                             . Guadalmina                    . Real de Zaragoza
                                                                . La Adelfa                    . Realejo
                                                                    . La Bajadilla               . Río Real
                                                                        . Las Cañas                . San Pedro de Alcántara
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  a      RTOLA - CABO PINO BEACH                                                                   Marbella
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   Set among the Artola dunes, a protected natural area, this
                                                                   extensive sandy beach borders the Cabopino marina. Some
                                                                   stretches can be considered as nude beaches.

                                                                   Type of beach: isolated
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 30 m
                                                                   Length: 1,200 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: golden

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                   Nearest marina: Cabo Pino
                                                                   Nude beach: yes
         District: Marbella
         Town: Marbella                                            Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                   toilets, beach bar (open all year round), showers, peddle boats,
                                                                   lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot, restaurant, cleaning
                                                                   service, hazard warnings, public telephone, security surveillance.



107   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Artola   - Cabo Pino Beach                      Málaga, Sun and Sand
  c     ORTIJO BLANCO BEACH                                                                                 Marbella
                                                                            Description:
                                                                            This is a wonderful beach in an exceptional location -an extensive
                                                                            stretch of sand far removed from apartment buildings- and
                                                                            surrounded by the beautiful natural backdrop of the high peaks of
                                                                            the Sierra Bermeja.

                                                                            Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                            Blue flag: no

                                                                            Width: 25 m
                                                                            Length: 600 m
                                                                            Surface material: pebbles
                                                                            Pebble colour: dark

                                                                            Swell: moderate
                                                                            Level of occupancy: low
                                                                            Nearest marina: Puerto Banús

         District: Marbella                                                 Nude beach: no
         Town: San Pedro de Alcántara- Marbella
                                                                            Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                            showers, rubbish bins, cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                            surveillance, children's area.



108   www.visitcostadelsol.com    index           editorial   . Cortijo   Blanco Beach                          Málaga, Sun and Sand
  c     OSTA BELLA BEACH                                                                          Marbella
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  Together with El Alicate and Pinomar, Costa Bella makes up a
                                                                  beach are nearly 2 km in length, which tends to be fairly busy. It
                                                                  features golden sand and moderate swells. Although it does not
                                                                  have a parking lot, access is usually by car and entrances to the
                                                                  beach are well signposted.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 15 m
                                                                  Length: 570 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: golden

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                  Nearest marina: Marbella
         District: Marbella
         Town: Marbella                                           Nude beach: no

                                                                  Facilities and services: security, easy access, showers, rubbish
                                                                  bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and beach chair hire, kiosk.



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  e     L ALICATE BEACH                                                                             Marbella
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   A magnificent beach with housing developments scattered amongst
                                                                   its abundant pines.

                                                                   Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 25 m
                                                                   Length: 850 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                   Nearest marina: Marbella

         District: Marbella                                        Nude beach: no
         Town: Marbella
                                                                   Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                   beach bar (open all year round), showers, rubbish bins, parking lot,
                                                                   cleaning service, public telephone, security surveillance.



110   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Alicate Beach                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
  e     L ANCÓN BEACH                                                                             Marbella
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This is a fairly long beach located in one of Marbella's most
                                                                  exclusive neighbourhoods and is highly popular with tourists in
                                                                  summer.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 15 m
                                                                  Length: 1,200 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: golden

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: high
                                                                  Nearest marina: Puerto Banús

                                                                  Nude beach: no
         District: Marbella
         Town: Marbella                                           Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                  showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, cleaning service, public
                                                                  telephone, security surveillance.




111   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Ancón Beach                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
  e     L CABLE BEACH                                                                              Marbella
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  El Cable Beach is located between the fishing port and the mouth
                                                                  of the Real River. Almost all of the services and beach bars lie near
                                                                  the port, which is also where most swimmers go.

                                                                  Type of beach: urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 50 m
                                                                  Length: 400 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: high

                                                                  Nearest marina: Marbella

         District: Marbella                                       Nude beach: no
         Town: Marbella
                                                                  Facilities and services: beach chair hire, showers, rubbish bins,
                                                                  kiosk, security surveillance.




112   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Cable Beach                                Málaga, Sun and Sand
  e     L FARO BEACH                                                                               Marbella
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   El Faro Beach is one of the most crowded on the Marbella coast
                                                                   due to its location right in front of the city centre. The great
                                                                   lighthouse presiding over it lends the beach its name: Faro ("faro"
                                                                   means lighthouse in Spanish).

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 30 m
                                                                   Length: 200 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: golden

                                                                   Swell: calm
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

                                                                   Nearest marina: Marbella

         District: Marbella                                        Nude beach: no
         Town: Marbella
                                                                   Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair hire,
                                                                   showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, restaurant, security
                                                                   surveillance, children's area.



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  e     L PINILLO BEACH                                                                            Marbella
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This beach is the natural continuation of Los Monteros Beach. It
                                                                   features an extensive stretch of beach and green areas.

                                                                   Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 15 m
                                                                   Length: 1,650 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                   Nearest marina: Puerto Deportivo de Marbella

                                                                   Nude beach: no
         District: Marbella
         Town: Marbella                                            Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                   showers, peddle boats, rubbish bins, parking lot, cleaning service,
                                                                   public telephone, security surveillance.




114   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Pinillo Beach                              Málaga, Sun and Sand
  f   ONTANILLA BEACH                                                                              Marbella
                                                                    Description:
                                                                    This urban beach is located opposite the beachfront promenade
                                                                    and the Marbella marina. The construction of several breakwaters
                                                                    on the shorefront has improved the swimming area.

                                                                    Type of beach: urban
                                                                    Blue flag: no

                                                                    Width: 30 m
                                                                    Length: 1,000 m
                                                                    Surface material: sand
                                                                    Sand colour: golden

                                                                    Swell: moderate
                                                                    Level of occupancy: high

                                                                    Nearest marina: Marbella

                                                                    Nude beach: no
         District: Marbella
         Town: Marbella                                             Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                    toilets, showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, promenade,
                                                                    cleaning service, public telephone, security surveillance.




115   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Fontanilla   Beach                              Málaga, Sun and Sand
  g      UADALMINA BEACH
                                                                         Description:
                                                                                                           Marbella
                                                                         Guadalmina beach belongs to the adjacent towns of San Pedro de
                                                                         Alcántara (Marbella) and Estepona. Its exceptional surroundings
                                                                         include the third-century AD Roman ruins known as Las Bóvedas,
                                                                         which are located within a protected archaeological site. This beach
                                                                         has been blue-flagged since 1992 thanks to its excellent water
                                                                         quality.

                                                                         Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                         Blue flag: yes, since 1992

                                                                         Width: 10 m
                                                                         Length: 1,700 m
                                                                         Surface material: gravel
                                                                         Surface material colour: golden

                                                                         Swell: moderate
                                                                         Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                         Nearest marina: Puerto Banús
         District: Marbella
                                                                         Nude beach: no
         Town: Marbella - San Pedro de Alcántara
                                                                         Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                         umbrella hire, sport equipment hire, showers, peddle boats,
                                                                         lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot, cleaning service, hazard
                                                                         warnings, security surveillance, children's area.

116   www.visitcostadelsol.com    index            editorial   . Guadalmina   Beach                            Málaga, Sun and Sand
  l   A ADELFA BEACH                                                                               Marbella
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This is the third of the Monteros beaches. About 600 meters long
                                                                  and 40 meters wide, it features golden sand and a moderate swell.
                                                                  The beach is well signposted and offers a wide array of basic
                                                                  services such as beach umbrella and beach chair hire, and a
                                                                  parking lot with capacity of 100. It is situated about 4 km from the
                                                                  Marbella marina.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 40 m
                                                                  Length: 650 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: golden

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                  Nearest marina: Marbella
         District: Marbella
         Town: Marbella                                           Nude beach: no

                                                                  Facilities and services: security surveillance, easy access,
                                                                  showers, rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and beach
                                                                  chair hire, kiosk, parking lot.

117   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Adelfa Beach                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
  l   A BAJADILLA BEACH                                                                               Marbella
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   Situated next to the fishing port of Marbella, right in front of the city
                                                                   centre, this beach is known for being one of the most crowded and
                                                                   popular with tourists. The nearest marina is La Bajadilla.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 40 m
                                                                   Length: 850 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: golden

                                                                   Swell: no swell
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

                                                                   Nearest marina: Marbella

         District: Marbella                                        Nude beach: no
         Town: Marbella
                                                                   Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair hire,
                                                                   showers, lifeguard station, kiosk, restaurant, security surveillance,
                                                                   children's area.



118   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Bajadilla Beach                                Málaga, Sun and Sand
  l   AS CAÑAS BEACH                                                                               Marbella
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  Groups of small white houses are scattered amongst the thick
                                                                  vegetation that runs down to the seaside, where this large beach
                                                                  bends and twists along the coastline.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 10 m
                                                                  Length: 1,000 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand, rock
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                  Nearest marina: Cabopino

         District: Marbella                                       Nude beach: no
         Town: Marbella
                                                                  Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                  beach bar (open all year round), showers, lifeguard station, rubbish
                                                                  bins, parking lot, cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                  surveillance.

119   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Las   Cañas Beach                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
  l   AS CHAPAS BEACH                                                                               Marbella
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This beach is another link in the long chain of great swimming areas
                                                                  that join together all the cities of the Costa del Sol.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 25 m
                                                                  Length: 750 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: golden

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                  Nearest marina: Cabopino

         District: Marbella                                       Nude beach: no
         Town: Marbella
                                                                  Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                  beach bar (open all year round), showers, peddle boats, lifeguard
                                                                  station, rubbish bins, parking lot, cleaning service, public telephone,
                                                                  security surveillance.

120   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Las   Chapas Beach                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
  l   A VENUS BEACH                                                                                Marbella
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This small beach is located right in the city centre and is bordered
                                                                  on one end by Marbella's fishing port and on the other by its marina.

                                                                  Type of beach: urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 50 m
                                                                  Length: 400 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: golden

                                                                  Swell: none
                                                                  Level of occupancy: high

                                                                  Nearest marina: Marbella

                                                                  Nude beach: no
         District: Marbella
         Town: Marbella                                           Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                  toilets, beach bar (open all year round), showers, peddle boat,
                                                                  rubbish bins, promenade, cleaning service, public telephone,
                                                                  security surveillance, children's area.



121   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Venus Beach                                Málaga, Sun and Sand
  l   A VÍBORA BEACH                                                                             Marbella
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  Located near La Víbora Stream, from which it takes its name, this
                                                                  beach is an especially good place for catching shellfish.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no
                                                                  Width: 30 m
                                                                  Length: 850 m

                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: golden

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                  Nearest marina: Cabopino

                                                                  Nude beach: no
         District: Marbella
         Town: Marbella                                           Facilities and services: beach chair hire, showers, lifeguard
                                                                  station, restaurant, cleaning service.




122   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Víbora Beach                             Málaga, Sun and Sand
  l   INDA VISTA BEACH                                                                                  Marbella
                                                                      Description:
                                                                      Linda Vista Beach is located near the Vega del Mar Paleo-Christian
                                                                      Basilica, an extraordinary archaeological site open to tourists. Linda
                                                                      Vista is an easily accessible beach located in the neighbourhood of
                                                                      the same name. The best way to get there is by car.

                                                                      Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                      Blue flag: no

                                                                      Width: 30 m
                                                                      Length: 650 m
                                                                      Surface material: sand, gravel
                                                                      Sand colour: dark

                                                                      Swell: moderate
                                                                      Level of occupancy: high

                                                                      Nearest marina: Puerto Banús
         District: Marbella
         Town: Urbanización Linda Vista, San Pedro de                 Nude beach: no
         Alcántara - Marbella
                                                                      Facilities and services: beach chair hire, toilets, showers,
                                                                      lifeguard station, kiosk, security surveillance.



123   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index     editorial    . Linda   Vista Beach                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
  l   OS MONTEROS BEACH                                                                            Marbella
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This beach is in a neighbourhood consisting of small houses with
                                                                  swimming pools. Located between the mouths of the Real River
                                                                  and the Siete Revueltas River, it features a splendid green area that
                                                                  stretches right down to the sand.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 10 m
                                                                  Length: 450 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: golden

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: low

                                                                  Nearest marina: Marbella

         District: Marbella                                       Nude beach: no
         Town: Marbella
                                                                  Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                  showers, peddle boats, rubbish bins, parking lot, cleaning service,
                                                                  public telephone, security surveillance.



124   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Los   Monteros Beach                            Málaga, Sun and Sand
  n     AGÜELLES BEACH                                                                            Marbella
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   Located in front of the Marbella Club luxury hotel, this beach is
                                                                   surrounded by a magnificent backdrop of high mountains, and
                                                                   offers all types of services.

                                                                   Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 40 m
                                                                   Length: 1,600 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: golden

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: low

                                                                   Nearest marina: Marbella
         District: Marbella
         Town: Marbella                                            Nude beach: no

                                                                   Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                   showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot, promenade,
                                                                   cleaning service, public telephone, security surveillance.

125   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Nagüelles   Beach                              Málaga, Sun and Sand
  n     UEVA ANDALUCÍA - EL DUQUE BEACH                                                           Marbella
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This beach, situated next to Puerto Banús, is set against an
                                                                  impressive mountainous backdrop and boasts an excellent
                                                                  swimming area thanks to the breakwaters that were constructed to
                                                                  allow for the accumulation of sand.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 30 m
                                                                  Length: 1,050 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: high

                                                                  Nearest marina: Puerto Banús

                                                                  Nude beach: no
         District: Marbella
         Town: Marbella                                           Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                  sport equipment hire, toilets, beach bar (open all year round),
                                                                  showers, peddle boat, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot,
                                                                  promenade, cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                  surveillance.

126   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Nueva Andalucía - El Duque Beach               Málaga, Sun and Sand
  p      INOMAR BEACH                                                                              Marbella
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This beach is a part of the group of beaches mentioned above, with
                                                                  which it shares virtually all their characteristics, including golden
                                                                  sand and a moderate swell, along with a tendency to get fairly
                                                                  crowded in summer. It is easily accessible and can be reached on
                                                                  foot or by car, although it does not have designated parking areas.
                                                                  Pinomar offers basically the same array of services as Costa Bella,
                                                                  but, in addition, it has a tourist office.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 25 m
                                                                  Length: 350 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: golden

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: medium

         District: Marbella                                       Nearest marina: Marbella
         Town: Marbella
                                                                  Nude beach: no

                                                                  Facilities and services: security, easy access, showers, rubbish
                                                                  bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and beach chair hire, sports
                                                                  equipment hire, kiosk.
127   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Pinomar   Beach                                 Málaga, Sun and Sand
  p      UERTO BANÚS BEACH                                                                        Marbella
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This beach - an extension of Río Verde Beach - consists of a small
                                                                  swimming area which has formed behind the marina and has
                                                                  become quite popular with tourists.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 40 m
                                                                  Length: 1,500 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: golden

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: high

                                                                  Nearest marina: Puerto Banús

         District: Marbella                                       Nude beach: no
         Town: Marbella
                                                                  Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                  toilets, beach bar (open all year round), showers, peddle boat,
                                                                  lifeguard station, rubbish bins, sea promenade, cleaning service,
                                                                  security surveillance.

128   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Puerto   Banús Beach                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
  r   EAL DE ZARAGOZA BEACH                                                                         Marbella
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This lengthy beach benefits greatly from its situation as part of a
                                                                  housing development containing a splendid grove of pines, a
                                                                  swimming pool and a wide array of services.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 30 m
                                                                  Length: 1,700 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: golden

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                  Nearest marina: Cabopino

                                                                  Nude beach: no
         District: Marbella
         Town: Marbella                                           Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                  beach bar (open all year round), showers, peddle boats, lifeguard
                                                                  station, rubbish bins, parking lot, cleaning service, hazard warnings,
                                                                  public telephone, security surveillance.



129   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Real   de Zaragoza Beach                         Málaga, Sun and Sand
  r   EALEJO BEACH
                                                                   Description:
                                                                                                  Marbella
                                                                   Realejo is part of Los Monteros group of beaches mentioned
                                                                   above. It is located near the Marbella Marina and is only
                                                                   accessible by car, although it lacks a designated parking lot. It
                                                                   features golden sand, shoreline vegetation and a moderate
                                                                   swell. This beach is normally not overly crowded and doesn't
                                                                   offer many services, but there are showers and beach chairs
                                                                   and beach umbrellas for hire.

                                                                   Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 40 m
                                                                   Length: 800 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: golden

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                   Nearest marina: Marbella
         District: Marbella
         Town: Marbella
                                                                   Nude beach: no

                                                                   Facilities and services: security, easy access, showers, rubbish
                                                                   bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and beach chair hire.


130   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Realejo   Beach                                Málaga, Sun and Sand
  r   ÍO REAL BEACH                                                                                 Marbella
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   Although Río Real proper is only about 400 m long, this stretch of
                                                                   beach belongs to Los Monteros group of beaches, whose total
                                                                   length is 2 km. This beach is normally quite crowded and is well
                                                                   equipped with services. It can be accessed by car only and there is
                                                                   a parking lot (without security surveillance) with a capacity of 50.
                                                                   The beach is located about 3 km from the Marbella Marina.

                                                                   Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 30 m
                                                                   Length: 400 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

                                                                   Nearest marina: Marbella
         District: Marbella
         Town: Marbella                                            Nude beach: no

                                                                   Facilities and services: security, easy access, showers, rubbish
                                                                   bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and beach chair hire,
                                                                   nautical sports equipment hire, kiosk, parking lot.

131   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Río   Real Beach                                 Málaga, Sun and Sand
  s    AN PEDRO DE ALCÁNTARA BEACH                                                                           Marbella
                                                                            Description:
                                                                            This is an exceptional beach adjoining the urban area of the same
                                                                            name. Due to its excellent water and sand quality it has been a
                                                                            blue-flag beach since 1992.

                                                                            Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                            Blue flag: yes, since1992

                                                                            Width: 35 m
                                                                            Length: 1,400 m
                                                                            Surface material: sand, gravel
                                                                            Sand colour: dark

                                                                            Swell: moderate
                                                                            Level of occupancy: high

                                                                            Nearest marina: Puerto Banús

                                                                            Nude beach: no
         District: Marbella
         Town: San Pedro de Alcántara - Marbella                            Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                            showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot, cleaning
                                                                            service, public telephone, security surveillance, children's area.




132   www.visitcostadelsol.com    index            editorial   . San   Pedro de Alcántara Beach                 Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                            USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                            Surface area: 114.30 km2
                                                            Population: around 117,000
                                                            Name given to the local people: marbellíes
                                                            Location: it is situated in the centre of the Western Costa del Sol, between
                                                            the foot of the Sierra Blanca mountain range and the coast. The city is 56
                                                            km from Málaga. Its average annual rainfall is 630 l/m2 and the average
                                                            temperature is around 18º C.
                                                            What to see: Río Verde Roman villa, Vega del Mar Paleo-Christian
                                                            Basilica, Roman baths at Guadalmina, La Encarnación Church, Arab
                                                            fortress, San Juan de Dios Hospital, Bazán Hospital, Casa del Corregidor,
                                                            Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz Chapel, Santo Cristo Church, Cortijo
                                                            Miraflores Museum, Museum of Mechanical Art, Bonsai Museum, Museum
                                                            of Contemporary Spanish Prints.
                                                            Tourist information: Tourist Office, Glorieta de la Fontanilla, s/n (29600).
                                                            Tel: 95 277 46 93; fax: 95 277 46 93.

                                 Marbella
133   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Marbella                                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                   The     singular silhouette of the Sierra Blanca range,       The Romans left their mark on the region, as seen in the
                                 visible from anywhere in the district, is the defining          Río Verde villa, the baths at Guadalmina and other findings
                                 geographical feature of the region. Its northern reaches are    in the old quarter. Some scholars have even entertained
                                 mountainous -with some peaks exceeding 1,000 m- and             the possibility that the site of present-day Marbella was
                                 criss-crossed by innumerable streams which continue to          founded by the Romans, and some go on to suggest that it
                                 instil the area with a natural beauty despite the rampant       could have been the famous Iberian enclave of Salduba
                                 spread of luxury housing developments carried out over          mentioned by Pliny and Ptolemy. In any case, the
                                 the past decades.                                               perimeter of the ancient town, which was undoubtedly
                                 In spite of the extensive housing complexes that have even      fortified, must have coincided with what is now the old
                                 reached areas far from the coastal strip and despite the        quarter.
                                 dubious taste of certain buildings which don't match with
                                 the surrounding landscape, old cork oaks, large pine            Although the surviving remnants of the castle's towers and
                                 woods and some olive groves can still be found in the           walls date back to the Moorish period, the lowest part of
                                 region. These, along with the newly created private             the construction is certainly Roman, as are the foundations
                                 gardens and the carefully kept golf courses (of which there     of some of the buildings in the Plaza de los Naranjos, in the
                                 are fourteen in the district), make greenery one of the basic   heart of Marbella. Therefore, we could say that the town
                                 elements of Marbella's landscape and a key attraction for       was quite important in Roman times. The Vega del Mar
                                 the highly affluent tourists who frequent the area.             Paleo-Christian Basilica, located near San Pedro de
                                 The second most-populated town within the province of           Alcántara, dates back to the Visigothic period and stands
                                 Málaga, Marbella, was home to Palaeolithic settlers -its        out as one of the most remarkable constructions built
                                 first inhabitants, centuries ago- as evidenced by weapons       during that period in Spain.
                                 and tools found at Coto Correa, in the Las Chapas area,
                                 and in the Pecho Redondo Cave (in this case, Neolithic) in      With the Moorish invasion, the city fell under the control of
                                 the southern foothills of the Sierra Blanca. There are no       various dynasties until the Banu-Marins (Berbers) took
                                 traces of other civilizations here until the end of the         power in 1274. Later it became part of the Kingdom of
                                 Carthaginian period, from which there are remains that          Granada -as did the rest of the region- until it was
                                 suggest the Carthaginians might have built a factory in Río     conquered by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1485.
                                 Verde, about 5 km from Marbella.



134   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index          editorial        . Marbella                                                 Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                 In the sixteenth century, the city began to undergo a              historic centre has admirably withstood the "latest craze",
                                 process of extensive renovation, which started with the            which has changed Marbella in so many ways.
                                 demolition of part of the medina or old quarter to create a
                                 central plaza, the present-day Plaza de los Naranjos. A            The Roman villa of Río Verde, discovered in 1961, was
                                 street was also built to connect this new urban area with          built between the first and second centuries AD It is located
                                 the sea. The name of the city changed from Barbesula, in           about 5 km from the city centre. Apparently, it belonged to
                                 the Roman period, to Barbella under the Moors, and finally         a village which covered 6 ha, which could have been
                                 became Marbella -a derivation of the Arab name- with the           Cilniana. The sort of remains discovered (hooks and
                                 arrival of the Christians.                                         needles for sewing nets) point to the fact that the
                                                                                                    aristocratic villa once lodged a fishing industry. The
                                 In light of the city's present-day aspect, it's difficult to       highlights of the site are the mosaics, of great artistic
                                 imagine that nineteenth-century Marbella was once a                quality. They depict culinary motifs, whose structuring is
                                 leader of the Spanish mining industry and saw the                  considered by some experts to be very similar to the art of
                                 installation of blast furnaces to process iron extracted from      the twentieth century. The central figure of the Medusa
                                 the Sierra Blanca mines. Within the span of a single               head is surrounded by birds, ducks, urns and plant motifs
                                 century, the city witnessed its own transformation from an         in a variety of colours.
                                 industrial centre to a world-class tourist destination.
                                                                                                    The Vega del Mar Paleo-Christian Basilica, discovered in
                                 HOW TO GET THERE                                                   1915, is in the town of Linda Vista, next to San Pedro de
                                 By car, on the AP-7 toll motorway or the N-340 highway.            Alcántara. A necropolis with more than 180 burial sites was
                                 Both routes are well signposted.                                   also uncovered during its excavation.

                                 WHAT TO SEE                                                        The basilica has been roughly dated to between the fourth
                                 Marbella boasts the highest concentration of golf courses          and sixth centuries, with arguments supporting its origins in
                                 in Spain -and even much of Europe- along with marinas,             one century or the other. It has a rectangular floor-plan and
                                 restaurants, a casino, luxury hotels and very elegant              three naves. It is also known that one of the two sacristies
                                 shops, not to mention its excellent beaches covering more          was converted into a baptistery in the sixth century (under
                                 than 20 km of coastline. But this is not all, for the city also    Byzantine domination), for which a 1.1 meter-deep
                                 offers a historical-artistic heritage of great interest, and its   baptismal font was installed. Jewels, pottery, coins and


135   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index           editorial         . Marbella                                                  Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                 inscriptions corresponding to various funerary offerings           the sixteenth century. The lower part of the stone façade
                                 have all been found at this site.                                  contrasts with the bell tower, which is whitewashed, after
                                                                                                    the popular tradition painting everything over in white. The
                                 Next to the entrance archway of San Pedro de Alcántara lie         main entranceway is made of stone, and the royal coat of
                                 the Guadalmina Roman baths. Dating from between the                arms, as well as that of the Order of San Juan de Dios, is
                                 second and third centuries AD, the complex was                     carved into its wooden door. A Mudéjar ceiling has been
                                 constructed around an octagonal courtyard with a pool at           preserved in the chapel.
                                 its centre. Seven interconnected octagonal chambers
                                 surround the courtyard. The upper area is situated at a            The Bazán Hospital, also from the sixteenth century, is a
                                 height of nearly 5 m and is crowned by a central dome that         peculiar building. It was constructed on top of three old
                                 let natural light in to illuminate the pool. The remains of clay   Arab houses, giving its rooms a strange asymmetry. Just
                                 pipes found here seem to indicate that hot water or hot air        as with the San Juan de Dios Hospital, the remains of this
                                 was piped into the baths.                                          building feature Renaissance, Gothic and Mudéjar
                                                                                                    elements. It was formerly the residence of Alonso de
                                 The Church of the Encarnación, erected in 1618, features           Bazán, the city's alderman.
                                 a magnificent Baroque red-stone façade. The central nave
                                 (it has three) ends in a semicircular apse crowned by a            The Casa del Corregidor (House of the Chief Magistrate)
                                 vault. The main altarpiece, also Baroque, is adorned with          dates back to 1552. A balcony with triple arches juts out
                                 an image of St Barnabas, the city's Patron Saint.                  from its noble stone façade which once again incorporates
                                                                                                    the predominant styles of the times -Renaissance, Gothic
                                 Parts of the old Arab fortress, some sections of the walls         and Mudéjar- along with some coats of arms. This building
                                 and a tower are very well preserved. Roman materials               is part of the unique architectural grouping at the Plaza de
                                 were used in its construction (ninth to tenth century),            los Naranjos, in the heart of the old quarter.
                                 including the stone blocks in the lower part of the walls as
                                 well as three Ionic capitals that serve here as support            The Santo Cristo Church, built between the fifteenth and
                                 stones.                                                            sixteenth centuries, is one of the oldest buildings in
                                                                                                    Marbella. The Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz Chapel was
                                 Renaissance, Gothic and Mudéjar styles are present in              built in the sixteenth century and subsequently restored in
                                 equal measure in the San Juan de Dios Hospital, built in


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                                 the eighteenth century. These two buildings are interesting    Spanish engravers have one or more works on display in
                                 examples of the city's religious architecture.                 the museum halls, including Antonio López, Picasso, Dalí,
                                                                                                Tàpies, Clavé, Equipo Crónica, Genovés, Sempere,
                                 Marbella's museums are housed in five different buildings      Palazuelo, Chillida, Barceló, Sicilia… Temporary
                                 and cover a variety of topics. The Museo Cortijo de            exhibitions and conference series are also organised here.
                                 Miraflores (C/ Luis Morales and Marín, s/n. Tel.: 95 290 27
                                 14) is located in an early-eighteenth-century building. It     FIESTAS
                                 underwent an extensive refurbishing to accommodate             The cosmopolitan nature of Marbella has not taken
                                 several temporary exhibition halls as well as its hallmark     anything away from its festive traditions, actually quite the
                                 permanent exhibit: an old olive oil mill and all the           contrary. Its festival calendar has, however, become more
                                 equipment used for producing olive oil.                        diversified to accommodate an ever more heterogeneous
                                                                                                population. The Fair of San Bernabé, in the first week of
                                 The peculiar Museo de Arte Mecánico (Museum of                 June, is the celebration most deeply rooted in popular
                                 Mechanical Art, C/ EI Ingenio de la Morena, s/n. Tel.: 95      tradition of all Marbella's fiestas. The fair takes place in the
                                 278 69 68) exhibits machines made out of scrap metal,          historic centre by day and, at sunset, moves over to the
                                 while the Museo del Ralli (C/ Urbanización Coral Beach, 5.     fairgrounds. Regardless of the venue, a noticeable
                                 Tel.: 95 285 79 23) houses a collection of works, most of      Andalusian air predominates, truly enjoyed by foreign
                                 them contemporary, by Latin American artists.                  visitors. The pilgrimage to the Cruz de Juanar, a symbolic
                                                                                                place located in the mountain range of the same name,
                                 The Museo del Bonsai (Avda. Dr Maiz, s/n. Tel.: 95 286 29      takes place in May.
                                 26) is considered as one of the best of its kind in all of
                                 Europe. Its collection of wild olive trees is impressive, as   Marbella's second city centre, San Pedro de Alcántara,
                                 well as tiny Spanish firs, a native species in danger of       celebrates four days in honour of its Patron Saint around
                                 extinction.                                                    19 October. The municipal pavilion is the site of the most
                                                                                                acclaimed performances and is the centrepiece of the fair,
                                 Inaugurated in 1992, the Museo del Grabado Español             which also includes a procession of the Saint through the
                                 Contemporáneo (Museum of Contemporary Spanish                  main streets of the city.
                                 Prints, C/ Hospital Bazán, s/n. Tel.: 95 276 57 41) stands
                                 out among Spanish museums. Almost all the famed


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      As in most of the mountain towns in the region, Marbella celebrates the             FOOD
      traditional tostón (chestnut roast) on 1 November, at the time of the All Saints'   Pescaíto frito (small fried fish), popular in all the coastal communities of
      Day festivities. Groups of young people spend the day in the countryside            Málaga, is certainly the most requested of the typical dishes. Other
      collecting chestnuts, which are then roasted and eaten, local brandy being          specialties include paella, gazpacho (chilled vegetable soup) and ajoblanco
      the perfect accompaniment to them.                                                  (chilled garlic and almond soup). However, Marbella's culinary tradition is
                                                                                          much more varied than that, and it's not at all surprising that the cuisine here
      It is during Holy Week, however, that Marbella's Andalusian character really        enjoys merited renown. Several of the most acclaimed restaurants on the
      comes to the fore. This celebration not only coexists perfectly with the            Costa del Sol are located in Marbella,
      customs and traditions of the thousands of foreign residents, but has actually
      been strengthened over the past decades by the creation of new cofradías            NAUTICAL ACTIVITIES
      (fraternities).                                                                     One of the features contributing to Marbella's pre-eminent position as a
                                                                                          tourist destination is the quality of its
      The first documents that mention this religious celebration in Marbella date        marinas. They are not just run-of-the-mill
      back to the sixteenth century and attest to the existence of the Misericordia       marinas with all the usual services, but true
      and the Vera Cruz fraternities. Only scanty historical data point to the keeping    centres of leisure and recreation with lots of
      of this tradition throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and it        commercial and social activity.
      wasn't until the 1960s that it began to see renewed popularity. There are nine
      cofradías in Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara and Nueva Andalusia, where            It could be said that it isn't that frequent for
      they feature a live re-enactment of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem on Palm          a single community to have three marinas
      Sunday.                                                                             as does Marbella. Here, visitors can choose between the Marbella, Cabopino
                                                                                          and Puerto Banús marina, without a doubt the most famous, not only
      The walls of the old Arab castle provide an impressive historical backdrop for      because of the large luxury yachts usually moored here, but also because of
      the portrayal of the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem together with Our Lady        the number and quality of the leisure facilities, shops and restaurants located
      of Peace on Palm Sunday.                                                            nearby. It has got to the point where a stay in Marbella isn't complete without
      One of the most spectacular and moving moments of Marbella's Holy Week              a visit to Puerto Banús. The three marinas offer a total of about 1,800
      celebrations occurs when the Maria Santísima del Calvario's (Our Lady of            moorings, more than half of which are located in Puerto Banús.
      Calvary) float is carried down from its chapel on Holy Thursday.




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                                                                                                     Málaga, Sun and Sand

                                                                              Many districts of the province of Málaga are made up
                                                                         of several towns or villages, and Mijas is no exception with
                                                                    its three distinct ones: Mijas Pueblo, Las Lagunas and Cala de
                                                                 Mijas. Mijas Pueblo is a typical, whitewashed, Andalusian village
                                                              of Moorish origins. It houses most of the town's monuments as well
                                                            as its administrative centre. The majority of the municipal services and
                                                           some residential areas can be found in Las Lagunas, while Cala de
                                                          Mijas, situated right on the coast,
                                                         is entirely residential and
                                                        dedicated to "sun and sand" and
                                                       residential tourism.

                                                       .    Butibamba / La Cala

                                                        .   Calahonda

                                                            .   El Bombo

                                                                .   El Chaparral




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  l   A BUTIBAMBA - LA CALA BEACH                                                                                 Mijas
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This is a long and narrow beach -scarcely 20 m wide and about
                                                                  1,300 long- situated near the Cala del Moral Stream in an area of
                                                                  intensive urban development. The water here is usually calm and
                                                                  the beach is normally quite busy. It is readily accessible on foot and
                                                                  offers a number of services such as beach chair, beach umbrella
                                                                  and nautical sports equipment hire, as well as a parking lot (no
                                                                  security surveillance).

                                                                  Type of veach: urban
                                                                  Blue flag: yes, since 2006

                                                                  Width: 20 m
                                                                  Length: 1,300 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: calm
                                                                  Level of occupancy: high
                                                                  Nearest marina: Cabopino
         District: Mijas                                          Nude beach: no
         Town: Mijas
                                                                  Facilities and services: security, easy access, showers, public
                                                                  telephone, rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and
                                                                  beach chair hire, nautical sports equipment hire, kiosk, parking lot.



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  c     ALAHONDA BEACH                                                                                             Mijas
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This beach is found across from the residential area of Calahonda
                                                                   and offers a variety of services. Along its more developed stretches,
                                                                   there are some houses and beach bars, while other areas are
                                                                   almost pristine, boasting abundant vegetation. The wooden jetty
                                                                   can be used for fishing and diving. The narrow beach features many
                                                                   small, irregular spits and inlets, all facing south.

                                                                   Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 20 m
                                                                   Length: 4,400 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: none
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high
                                                                   Nearest marina: Cabopino
         District: Mijas
                                                                   Nude beach: no
         Town: Mijas
                                                                   Facilities and services: rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach bar,
                                                                   beach umbrella and beach chair hire, showers.



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  e     L BOMBO BEACH                                                                                             Mijas
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This is a narrow, busy beach running along a stretch of the N-340
                                                                  highway in an area of heavy development. It features abundant
                                                                  vegetation and the water is generally calm and great for swimming.
                                                                  It offers a lot of services and has a parking lot (without security
                                                                  surveillance) for about 100 cars.

                                                                  Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 20 m
                                                                  Length: 1,100 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: calm
                                                                  Level of occupancy: high

                                                                  Nearest marina: Cabopino

         District: Mijas                                          Nude beach: no
         Town: Mijas
                                                                  Facilities and services: security, easy access, showers, public
                                                                  telephone, rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and
                                                                  beach chair hire, nautical sports equipment hire, kiosk, parking lot.



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  e     L CHAPARRAL BEACH                                                                                              Mijas
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This is a rocky, dark-sand beach with a moderate swell comprised
                                                                   of a narrow strip along the N-340 highway. It is more than 4,000 m
                                                                   long and 12 m wide, and can be accessed, albeit with some
                                                                   difficulty, on foot. It offers a parking lot with security surveillance for
                                                                   approximately 100 vehicles and an array of services.

                                                                   Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 12 m
                                                                   Length: 4,400 m
                                                                   Surface material: pebbles
                                                                   Surface material colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                   Nearest marina: Cabopino

         District: Mijas                                           Nude beach: no
         Town: Mijas
                                                                   Facilities and services: security, showers, rubbish bins, cleaning
                                                                   service, beach umbrella and beach chair hire, nautical sports
                                                                   equipment hire, kiosk, parking lot.



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                                                                USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                                Surface area: 147 km2
                                                                Population: about 53,000
                                                                Name given to the local people: mijeños
                                                                Location: in the Western Costa del Sol, the town is situated approximately
                                                                430 m above sea level, 30 km from the provincial capital and 8 km from
                                                                neighbouring Fuengirola. Average annual rainfall is 660 l/m2 and the
                                                                average temperature is around 17º C.
                                                                What to see: Virgen de la Peña Chapel, Inmaculada Concepción Church,
                                                                Bullring, Carromato de Max, Casa Museo (House Museum), Museo de las
                                                                Torres Vigías (Watchtower Museum).
                                                                Tourist Information: Tourist Office, Virgen de la Peña Plaza (29650). Tel.:
                                                                95 248 58 20; fax: 95 248 66 94.


                                         Mijas
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                                   The district of Mijas is tucked between the sea and its      Archaeological evidence points to Mijas as belonging to
                                 namesake mountain range. The proximity of the highest          the Turdetan culture, and other remains attest the fact that
                                 peak (1,130 m) to the coast at times makes for rather          the Phoenicians and the Greeks settled in the area, trading
                                 abrupt contrasts in elevation. The many steep valleys,         the mineral resources of the region. The first historical
                                 mountain crests and rolling hills are still home to areas of   reference to the town comes from Ptolemy, a geographer
                                 native vegetation, despite the spectacular encroachment        at the School of Alexandria during the second century AD.
                                 of housing developments introduced into the area in recent     He most likely visited the area at the time or had received
                                 years, which has made it increasingly more difficult to        information from those who knew it well, given the
                                 maintain the small pastures and olive groves that provide      accuracy of his descriptions.
                                 such a scanty economic return these days.
                                                                                                In Roman times, the area was called Tamisa, and it seems
                                 Even so, a certain general respect for the surroundings,       likely that economic activity was thriving here given the
                                 along with the powerful landscape, has prevented golf          town's proximity to the Appian Way, a Roman road
                                 courses and construction projects from hiding the natural      connecting the cities of Cádiz and Málaga. The Arabs
                                 beauty of the region. The mountains and the people             called the town Mixa, from which the Christians then
                                 themselves continue to be the defining features of the         derived the present-day name: Mijas.
                                 district. The coastline, on the other hand, has been almost
                                 entirely developed between Fuengirola and Marbella with        The Moors took control of the village shortly after landing
                                 the exception of a few rocky stretches.                        on the Iberian Peninsula. By 714 they were already
                                                                                                governing it while allowing the inhabitants to keep their
                                 This district, like many others in the province of Málaga,     possessions, religion and customs in exchange for a
                                 consists of several towns including Mijas Pueblo, Las          certain percentage of their livestock and agricultural
                                 Lagunas and Cala de Mijas. Mijas Pueblo is a typical,          production.
                                 whitewashed, Andalusian village of Moorish layout. It
                                 houses most of the town's monuments and its                    The good relations between Muslims and Mozarabs were
                                 administrative centre. The majority of the municipal           strengthened under the leadership of Omar Ben Hafsun,
                                 services and some residential areas can be found in Las        with a cordial relationship developing out of the two sides'
                                 Lagunas, while Cala de Mijas, situated right on the coast,     mutual need for one another. Upon the death of Omar Ben
                                 is entirely residential and dedicated to "sun and sand"        Hafsun, Abd-ar-Rahman III reconquered the area.
                                 tourism.
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                                 Mijas resisted Christian's harassment until the fall of               follow the Autovía del Mediterráneo, and then the A-387
                                 Málaga, in 1487. Upon hearing of the city's conquest, the             motorway. In both cases the routes are clearly indicated by
                                 inhabitants of Mijas believed an unconditional surrender              signs.
                                 would be the most advantageous. They sent a delegation
                                 to Málaga to agree on the terms of the surrender, but they            WHAT TO SEE
                                 were imprisoned and some were even sold as slaves. The                Upon arriving at Mijas Pueblo, visitorS will immediately
                                 distribution of the town's lands among Old Christians took            notice the ambience of an Oriental bazaar in the numerous
                                 place in 1494 and, in 1521, the community was granted the             shops in the old quarter. This is not so much due to the
                                 title of "village" as a reward for its fidelity to Charles I during   kinds of goods being sold -although this could almost be
                                 the Commoners' Rebellion. In addition, Joanna the Mad                 the case- but because of the way in which small shops line
                                 declared the village exempt from having to pay the                    the narrow village streets. Alongside this multicoloured
                                 alcabalas -a tribute on all goods traded.                             hotchpotch, the alleyways and busy plazas play host to the
                                                                                                       constant coming and going of the famous donkey taxis,
                                 Centuries later, on 2 December, 1831, Mijas played                    one of Mijas's best-known and unique tourist attractions.
                                 witness to an important historic event as General Torrijos
                                 landed on the beach of El Charcón with fifty two of his               Although the Virgen de la Peña Chapel does not stand out
                                 companions. They crossed the district of Mijas towards the            for its artistic value, it is the place where the community's
                                 mountains and then travelled down to Alhaurín de la Torre,            Patron Virgin is honoured; it is the true centre of religious
                                 finally taking refuge in a big farmhouse belonging to the             devotion. It was carved out of the rock by monks during the
                                 Count of Mollina. Some days later, on 11 December, the                second half of the seventeenth century. Legend has it that
                                 General and his men were executed by firing squad on                  the image of the Virgin was found in the walls of the old
                                 San Adnrés beach, in Málaga for their opposition to                   castle during the last third of the sixteenth century, in a
                                 Ferdinand VII's absolutism.                                           place where it had been hidden eight centuries earlier to
                                                                                                       prevent its being taken by the Muslims. The grounds of the
                                 HOW TO GET THERE                                                      chapel are lined with carefully tended gardens that lead to
                                 From the Costa del Sol, take Autovía del Mediterráneo                 a viewpoint where an incredible vista, not just of Mijas and
                                 (AP-7; N-340). When heading from Málaga to Cádiz, once                Fuengirola, but also of a good stretch of the Costa del Sol
                                 you pass Benalmádena, take the Mijas exit and then follow             can be enjoyed.
                                 the A-368. When coming from Fuengirola towards Málaga,


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                                 The Church of the Inmaculada Concepción, dating back to          El Museo de las Torres Vigías (Watchtower Museum), in
                                 the sixteenth century, was constructed on the crown of a         Cala de Mijas (Tel.: 95 259 03 80) houses an interpretation
                                 hill where a castle, and later a mosque, once stood. The         centre for watchtowers found in the Mijas district (Torre de
                                 church's interior is divided into three naves with the central   Calaburras, Torre Vieja, Torre Nueva and Torre de
                                 one conserving its Mudéjar coffered ceiling. The tower was       Calahonda), and also features a detailed account of
                                 built on a square floor-plan, and some experts believe it        Torrijos's landing on the Mijas coast, as well as a display of
                                 may have belonged to the old fortress.                           the various local fishing methods and their tools.

                                 The original Bullring, located in La Muralla and built in        FIESTAS
                                 1900,, breaks all the architectural rules usually seen in        Each of the three population centres celebrates its own fair.
                                 such buildings. Built on rock, it features an oval inner ring    Las Lagunas launches its fireworks first with its fair getting
                                 set into a square exterior. Ceramic tiles lining the walls       underway in the first two weeks of June. The festival is
                                 recall the great moments of the best bullfighters to have        celebrated at the fairgrounds but kicks off with a grand
                                 graced the bullring over the years: Paquirri, Palomo             parade through the main streets. The municipal pavilion
                                 Linares, Niño de la Capea and Angel Teruel.                      and the youth pavilion are generally the two liveliest
                                                                                                  locations thanks to the musical performances held there.
                                 The Carromato de Max (Del Compás Ave.) is considered to          The celebrations also feature equestrian exhibitions,
                                 be the world's first museum of miniatures. Some of its most      fishing and radio-ham competitions. A fireworks grand
                                 impressive pieces include the "Our Father" prayer written        finale brings the festivities to a close.
                                 on the edge of a business card and a portrait of Abraham
                                 Lincoln on the head of a pin.                                    Cala de Mijas waits for the second two weeks of July to
                                                                                                  start celebrating. Festivities start off with parade featuring
                                 Open to the public since 1995, the Casa Museo (House             cabezudos (large-head figures) and giants accompanied
                                 Museum, Plaza de la Libertad.                                    by musical bands, majorettes and the Queen of the Fair
                                 Tel.: 95 259 03 80) displays traditional farming equipment       with her ladies-in-waiting. (pág. 148) Concerts are held all
                                 and tools that allow visitors to get a feel for the rural        day long in the official municipal pavilions, while costume,
                                 lifestyle prevalent in the region until but a short time ago.    flamenco singing, sand-castle building and fishing
                                 The first floor of the building is dedicated to temporary arts   competitions add to the fun. Various sports competitions,
                                 exhibitions.                                                     including golf, discus, indoor football and tennis, round out


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                                           the festivities. An impressive fireworks      FOOD
                                           grand finale tops it all off.                 The large foreign population in the town has exposed Mijas's food
                                                                                         tradition to countless new international recipes that were virtually
                                         The fiestas in honour of the Virgen de la       unknown in the region until recently. However, the town does still keep
                                         Peña are held in Mijas Pueblo during the        its own cooking traditions, featuring specialties like salmorejo (a soup
                                         second week of September. A                     made with tomato and garlic) as well as other types of soups including
                                         spectacular cabezudos and giants'               maimones (made with egg and Spanish ham), cachorreñas, garlic, and
                                         parade makes its way through the town's         gazpachuelo (chilled vegetable soup). Buñuelos (fritters) and hornazos
                                         main streets on the opening day to the          (sweet bread) are the town's most popular baked goods.
                                         beat of music played by bands. On the
                                         day of the Patron Virgin, 8 September,          LEISURE
                                         the image of the Virgen de la Peña is           One of Mijas's most interesting contributions to leisure and sports is the
                                         carried from the parish church to its           Costa del Sol Racetrack, inaugurated just a few years ago and already
      chapel, after being honoured with a floral offering.                               considered as one of the best in Spain. In addition to the horse races, its
                                                                                         fairgrounds welcome live music performances and house several
      There are many musical performances every day, and a wide variety of               restaurants. Races take place on Sunday mornings during the winter and
      competitions and activities for children and adults alike. In the Bullring there   on Saturday nights during the summer.
      are horse-taming exhibitions, horse races, and the "crazy rally". Both
      villagers and visitors are careful not to miss the giant paella cook-off or the    The Mijas Water Park has contributed to an increase in family tourism in
      popular dance competition. A fireworks display finally marks the end of the        the area, offering practically every sort of aquatic attraction you can
      celebrations, which have to wait until the following year to come back.            imagine (kamikaze, wave pool, labyrinth of waterslides, soft slides,
                                                                                         adventure river, and water world for children). It also features a large
      The Virgen de la Peña Plaza has played host to the Día Internacional de los        picnic area, beach volleyball courts, mini golf and several game rooms.
      Pueblos (International Peoples' Day) for the past years. The festivities feature
      a multicultural parade, folklore and ethnic performances, as well as jazz and
      Celt music concerts.
      Visitors cannot miss the opportunity to taste food and drink specialties from
      all over the world without stepping outside the fairgrounds, while exhibitors
      take part in a competition where prizes are awarded in a variety of categories.


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                                                                                                     Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                                                   The eastern edge of the province of Málaga
                                                                           adjoins the province of Granada right where Nerja lies.
                                                                       Not only is Nerja the most important tourist destination on the
                                                                   Eastern Costa del Sol, but it also offers the most spectacular
                                                                coastal landscape on the entire coast of Málaga. This stretch of
                                                              coastline has been declared a Natural Site (Paraje Natural de los
                                                            Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo) to protect the many small, pristine
                                                           coves found here.

                                                         . Burriana
                                                        . Cala del Cañuelo
                                                       . Cala del Pino
                                                       . Calahonda
                                                       . Carabeillo Chico
                                                       . El Carabeo
                                                        . El Chorillo
                                                         . El Playazo
                                                          . El Salón
                                                           . Las Alberquillas
                                                             . La Caleta
                                                                . La Caletilla
                                                                  . La Torrecilla
                                                                      . Maro
                                                                         . Molino de Papel
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  b      URRIANA BEACH                                                                                           Nerja
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This is certainly the most famed and popular with tourists of all
                                                                   Nerja's beaches. A very large beach, it is surrounded by residential
                                                                   developments consisting of small garden houses built upon the
                                                                   steep rocky cliffs.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: yes, since 2006

                                                                   Width: 40 m
                                                                   Length: 800 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high
                                                                   Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

                                                                   Nude beach: no

         District: Nerja                                           Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
         Town: Nerja                                               umbrella hire, sport equipment hire, beach bar (open in wintr),
                                                                   showers, peddle boats, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot,
                                                                   promenade, beach volleyball court, restaurant, cleaning service,
                                                                   public telephone, security surveillance.



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  c     ALA EL CAÑUELO BEACH                                                                                    Nerja
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This spacious beach is surrounded by hills and its greatest features
                                                                  are its charming location and superb climate.

                                                                  Type of beach: isolated
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 10 m
                                                                  Length: 350 m
                                                                  Surface material: gravel
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: low

                                                                  Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

         District: Nerja                                          Nude beach: no
         Town: Nerja
                                                                  Facilities and services: showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins,
                                                                  parking lot, cleaning service, security surveillance.




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  c     ALA DEL PINO BEACH                                                                                      Nerja
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This small, difficult-to-access cove is tucked between the mountains
                                                                  in a broken landscape of pines and prickly pear cactus. Topless is
                                                                  accepted here.

                                                                  Type of beach: isolated
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 10 m
                                                                  Length: 350 m

                                                                  Surface material: gravel
                                                                  Gravel colour: dark
                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: low

                                                                  Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

         District: Nerja                                          Nude beach: no
         Town: Maro
                                                                  Facilities and services: beach bar (open all year round), lifeguard
                                                                  station, rubbish bins, parking lot, cleaning service, security
                                                                  surveillance.



152   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Cala   del Pino Beach                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
  c     ALAHONDA BEACH                                                                                         Nerja
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This beach is surrounded by imposing, sea-worn rocks. The best
                                                                   view of the town can be had looking towards Calahonda Beach from
                                                                   the Balcón de Europa.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 20 m
                                                                   Length: 120 m

                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark
                                                                   Swell: none

                                                                   Level of occupancy: high
                                                                   Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

         District: Nerja                                           Nude beach: no
         Town: Nerja
                                                                   Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                   beach bar, showers, rubbish bins, promenade, restaurant, cleaning
                                                                   service, public telephone, security surveillance.



153   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Calahonda    Beach                             Málaga, Sun and Sand
  c     ARABEÍLLO CHICO BEACH                                                                                      Nerja
                                                                    Description:
                                                                    Natural continuation of Burriana Beach, Carabeíllo Chico features a
                                                                    contrast between the exuberance of nature and the massive
                                                                    amount of housing development in the area. It is one of the most
                                                                    beautiful spots in Nerja.

                                                                    Type of beach: urban
                                                                    Blue flag: no

                                                                    Width: 10 m
                                                                    Length: 70 m
                                                                    Surface material: sand
                                                                    Sand colour: dark

                                                                    Swell: moderate
                                                                    Level of occupancy: high

                                                                    Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         District: Nerja
         Town: Nerja                                                Nude beach: no

                                                                    Facilities and services: lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot,
                                                                    cleaning service, security surveillance.



154   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Carabeíllo    Chico Beach                          Málaga, Sun and Sand
  e     L CARABEO BEACH                                                                                        Nerja
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This is one of the more popular coves located between Burriana
                                                                  and the Balcón de Europa. Surrounded by huge rocks, it is a
                                                                  charming, somewhat pristine beach.

                                                                  Type of beach: urban
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 15 m
                                                                  Length: 120 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: high

                                                                  Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         District: Nerja
         Town: Nerja                                              Nude beach: no

                                                                  Facilities and services: lifeguard station, rubbish bins, cleaning
                                                                  service, security surveillance.



155   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Carabeo Beach                             Málaga, Sun and Sand
  e     L CHORRILLO BEACH                                                                                      Nerja
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This small cove, surrounded by enormous rocky crags and located
                                                                   at the foot of the Almijara mountain range, is another of Nerja's
                                                                   spectacular beaches. It is accessed by crossing Calahonda Beach,
                                                                   which is reached by means of a stairway of twenty-five cement
                                                                   steps leading down from the famous Balcón de Europa.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 20 m
                                                                   Length: 60 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

                                                                   Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         District: Nerja
         Town: Nerja                                               Nude beach: no

                                                                   Facilities and services: rubbish bins, cleaning service, security
                                                                   surveillance.



156   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Chorrillo Beach                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
  e     L PLAYAZO BEACH                                                                                           Nerja
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This large beach is open to the sea, stretching along fertile
                                                                   agricultural fields and tropical fruit plantations. Some hotels and
                                                                   blocks of flats are scattered along this section of the coast.

                                                                   Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 30 m
                                                                   Length: 1,700 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                   Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

                                                                   Nude beach: no
         District: Nerja
         Town: Nerja                                               Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                   beach bar (open all year round), showers, peddle boats, rubbish
                                                                   bins, parking lot, kiosk, cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                   surveillance, children's area.



157   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Playazo Beach                                Málaga, Sun and Sand
  e     L SALÓN BEACH                                                                                          Nerja
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This is a large beach located to the west of La Caletilla and
                                                                   surrounded by jutting cliffs topped with blocks of flats.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 20 m
                                                                   Length: 200 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: no swell
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

                                                                   Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

                                                                   Nude beach: no
         District: Nerja
         Town: Nerja                                               Facilities and services: showers, rubbish bins, cleaning service,
                                                                   security surveillance.




158   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . El   Salón Beach                               Málaga, Sun and Sand
  l   AS ALBERQUILLAS BEACH                                                                                       Nerja
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This beach is located at the foot of the high mountains situated on
                                                                   the far eastern end of the Málaga coast. It is surrounded by steep
                                                                   natural terrain of stunning beauty. Access is by way of a poorly
                                                                   marked right-hand turn-off, about 200 m past Km. 299 on the N-340
                                                                   highway. There is a road in good condition leading right down to the
                                                                   beach.

                                                                   Types of beach: isolated
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 20 m
                                                                   Length: 400 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: low

                                                                   Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         District: Nerja
         Town: Nerja                                               Nude beach: no

                                                                   Facilities and services: lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot,
                                                                   cleaning service, security surveillance.



159   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Las   Alberquillas Beach                          Málaga, Sun and Sand
  l   A CALETA BEACH                                                                                          Nerja

                                                                  Description:
                                                                  La Caleta de Maro beach is tucked in between the cliffs and the
                                                                  meadows of Maro. Its rocky terrain and difficult access give it a
                                                                  certain wild charm.

                                                                  Types of beach: isolated
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 15 m
                                                                  Length: 400 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand, gravel
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: low

         District: Nerja                                          Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         Town: Maro - Nerja
                                                                  Nude beach: no

                                                                  Facilities and services: none.



160   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Caleta Beach                             Málaga, Sun and Sand
  l   A CALETILLA BEACH                                                                                         Nerja
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   A dense layer of climbing vegetation covers the steep cliffs that
                                                                   surround this beautiful cove, located to the west of the Balcón de
                                                                   Europa. Several nearby apartment buildings are a reminder of the
                                                                   beach's tourist appeal.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 15 m
                                                                   Length: 50 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

                                                                   Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

         District: Nerja                                           Nude beach: no
         Town: Nerja
                                                                   Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                   showers, peddle boats, rubbish bins, cleaning service, security
                                                                   surveillance.



161   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Caletilla Beach                            Málaga, Sun and Sand
  l   A TORRECILLA BEACH                                                                                       Nerja
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   La Torrecilla is one of most popular tourist beaches in the area.
                                                                   Offering a wide range of services and having been awarded the
                                                                   blue flag, this beach attracts many swimmers.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: yes, since 2006

                                                                   Width: 40 m
                                                                   Length: 300 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

                                                                   Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

         District: Nerja                                           Nude beach: no
         Town: Nerja
                                                                   Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair hire,
                                                                   showers, peddle boats, rubbish bins, promenade, restaurant,
                                                                   cleaning service, security surveillance.



162   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . La   Torrecilla Beach                          Málaga, Sun and Sand
  m         ARO BEACH                                                                                           Nerja

                                                                  Description:
                                                                  Situated at the foot of steep cliffs, this beach mixes dark sand and
                                                                  pebbles. A medieval watchtower is also found here.

                                                                  Type of beach: isolated
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 20 m
                                                                  Length: 500 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand, pebbles
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: low

                                                                  Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         District: Nerja
         Town: Maro - Nerja                                       Nude beach: no

                                                                  Facilities and services: showers, rubbish bins, cleaning service,
                                                                  security surveillance.



163   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Maro   Beach                                    Málaga, Sun and Sand
  m         OLINO DE PAPEL BEACH                                                                                   Nerja
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  Located in a virtually wild location, this beach is surrounded by cliffs
                                                                  with agricultural fields at their foot.

                                                                  Type of beach: isolated beach
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 15 m
                                                                  Length: 400 m
                                                                  Surface material: rocky
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: low

                                                                  Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

         District: Nerja                                          Nude beach: no
         Town: Maro-Nerja
                                                                  Facilities and services: lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot,
                                                                  cleaning service, security surveillance.




164   www.visitcostadelsol.com   index   editorial   . Molino   de papel Beach                           Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                                USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                                Surface area: 84.40 km2
                                                                Population: about 18,000
                                                                Name given to the local people: nerjeños. Nickname: morralleros
                                                                Location: Nerja is located in the foothills of the Sierra de Almijara at the
                                                                eastern-most end of the region of Axarquía. The town is 30 m above sea
                                                                level and 45 km from Málaga. Its average annual rainfall is 460 l/m2, and the
                                                                annual average temperature is around 20º C.
                                                                What to see: old quarters of Nerja and Maro, the Balcón de Europa
                                                                (Balcony of Europe), El Salvador Church, Las Angustias Chapel, Nuestra
                                                                Señora de las Maravillas Church (Maro), Del Águila Aqueduct, Nerja Cave,
                                                                "La Dorada" or Chanquete's boat, Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs Natural Site.
                                                                Tourist Information: Tourist Office, C/ Puerta del Mar, 2. Tel.: 95 252 15
                                                                31.

                                         Nerja
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                                   The      eastern side of the province of Málaga is           at the site of present-day Maro -the village where the cliffs
                                 connected to the province of Granada via the town of           and the Nerja Cave are located.
                                 Nerja, which not only is the most important tourist centre
                                 on the Eastern Costa del Sol, but also boasts the most         The first historic records about Nerja appear in a text
                                 beautiful coastal landscape on the entire coast of Málaga.     written by the poet Ibn Said Al-Maghribi, under Abd-ar-
                                 Here, the foot of the Sierra de Almijara range juts abruptly   Rahman III's rule (tenth century AD). He refers to the town
                                 out into the sea forming an extremely rugged coastline,        as a farmstead as large as a city, where silk was skilfully
                                 unusual in this area of the Mediterranean Sea. This stretch    produced. The old town of Narixa nestled next to a fortress,
                                 of coast has been declared a Natural Site -Paraje Natural      the remains of which can still be seen in the Castillo Alto
                                 de los Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo- to protect the         area by the old turn-off towards Frigiliana.
                                 many small, pristine coves along it. These are generally
                                 difficult to access but well worth having a look at.           After the surrender of Vélez in 1487, Nerja sent
                                                                                                representatives to the town to make peace with the
                                 While Nerja gets away from the sea, it climbs the Sierra de    Christian Monarchs and thereby avoid any further
                                 Almijara range, forming a geographic continuum with            bloodshed. After their visit, Pedro de Córdoba took
                                 Tejeda. The terrain consists of deep ravines, sheer cliffs     possession of the village on behalf of Ferdinand and
                                 and mountain peaks furrowed by a multitude of                  Isabella. Under Christian rule, the town's population
                                 streambeds, making for a landscape with extraordinary          dropped and, in order to stop the abandonment of the area,
                                 topographic diversity. The areas closest to the town have      Joanna the Mad ordered the repopulation of Nerja with Old
                                 recently seen a rampant expansion of housing                   Christians from Vizcaya, Valencia, Galicia and from
                                 developments, which for the time being coexist with            Málaga itself.
                                 agricultural lands with many types of vegetables and
                                 subtropical fruits.                                            At the end of the sixteenth century, the first sugar
                                                                                                manufacturing facilities were established in Nerja, and
                                 Traces of the first human settlements in the area were         by the end of the eighteenth century, there was a pulp
                                 found in the famous Nerja Cave, dating back to the Upper       mill, which drew water from the River de la Miel, and
                                 Palaeolithic Aurignacian. Little is known about the            was operative until the beginning of the twentieth
                                 presence of other civilizations in the area until Roman        century. During the War of Independence, the English
                                 times, when apparently a small town (Detunda) was settled      destroyed not only the fortress on the present-day site


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                                 of the Balcón de Europa but also the seaport.                    on a promontory where a fortress once rose (it was
                                                                                                  destroyed in 1812 during the War of Independence), just
                                 The name given by the Arabs to the town was Narixa,              off the central square.
                                 Naricha or Narija, which were apparently derived from a
                                 pre-Roman name. The translation remains unclear, though          The story goes that it was King Alfonso XII who, while
                                 some believe it means "large spring", and indeed there is        visiting the area after the earthquake that shook the
                                 abundant supply of water in the area                             Axarquía in 1884, dubbed the site with it's name known
                                                                                                  worldwide. We do not know if this is true, but it was indeed
                                 HOW TO GET THERE                                                 about that time that the old Paseo de la Batería (Battery
                                 Nerja is located on the Costa del Sol, so it is easily           Promenade, a name which referred to the cannons in the
                                 accessible from the Autovía del Mediterráneo (A-7; N-340),       fortress) started to be called the Balcón de Europa.
                                 and can be reached from any point along the coast of
                                 Málaga by following the directions towards Motril-Almería.       The construction of the Church of El Salvador was ordered
                                                                                                  by Joanna the Mad in 1505, but it was not until 1697 that
                                 WHAT TO SEE                                                      the main part of the building was finished, and it was
                                 Nerja looks out over the Mediterranean Sea in an almost          refurbished in the eighteenth century. The church consists
                                 defiant manner, with its main street running down from the       of three naves; the central one still showing its Mudéjar
                                 old quarter to stop at a metal guardrail -the only thing         coffered ceiling, while the lateral ones are covered with
                                 dividing the town from the sea. This certainly makes for an      half-barrel vaults. The transept is crowned with a
                                 exceptional viewpoint, but visitors should first take a stroll   semicircular dome. The two lateral chapels on the Gospel
                                 through the old part of the village, whose original urban        nave are decorated with eighteenth-century frescos from
                                 layout dates back to 1487. Despite the pressure from             the School of Granada. Also of note is the mural depicting
                                 international tourism, the old houses here still show their      "The Annunciation", a work by the Vélez-born painter
                                 typical whitewash finish. Some areas, however have               Francisco Hernández. The sober façade is capped by a
                                 begun to abandon the traditional features in favour of           bell tower in three sections.
                                 comfort and functionality.
                                                                                                  The Nuestra Señora de las Angustias Chapel (from the first
                                 Nerja's highlight is the Balcón de Europa (Balcony of            decades of the eighteenth century) has a single nave
                                 Europe), a tree-lkined promenade with magnificent views,         supporting a barrel vault, and the main chapel features a


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                                 dome with paintings from the eighteenth-century School of         Magnon museums are located; the Chamber of the
                                 Granada. The Church of Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas           Ghosts, with phantasmagorical shapes of stalactite
                                 is located in nearby Maro. Finished in the seventeenth            formations; the Ballet Chamber, where music and dance
                                 century, it consists of a single nave sheathed in wood,           festivals are celebrated; and the Cataclysm Chamber,
                                 which underwent restoration in the nineteenth century. The        which is named this way because it is thought that an
                                 highlight of its plain exterior is the tower, which is topped     earthquake could have broken one of the columns and left
                                 with a belfry and a pyramidal spire.                              its remains scattered across the ground.

                                 The Águila Aqueduct dates from the mid-nineteenth                 In the Cataclysm Chamber stands the largest natural
                                 century. Built over the Maro River by Francisco Cantarero         column in the world, 18 m thick and 49 m high, which is
                                 to supply water to the sugar factory at San Joaquín, its          listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Among the more
                                 thirty-seven round arches are stacked in four levels. The         remarkable cave paintings are the ones depicting the red
                                 centre bears a small shrine with the inscription "Pura y          deer roaring, the Spanish ibex, and the pregnant mare, as
                                 limpia concepción" ("Pure and clean conception").                 well as the one entitled "Santuario de los Defines" (The
                                                                                                   Dolphin Sanctuary). Based on the number of annual
                                 Along with the Nerja Cave and the Balcón de Europa, the           visitors (more than 500,000), the Nerja Cave ranks as the
                                 aqueduct (some visitors believe it is a Roman aqueduct) is        number-one tourist monument in the province of Málaga.
                                 one of the symbols of Nerja. The fact that many people            (Tel.: 95 252 95 20).
                                 believe it is Roman can be explained by the fact that when
                                 you see it from the N-340 road, you can notice its shape          The Cueva de Nerja Festival (end of July-early August) is
                                 but not the bricks, which the Romans did not use in their         the oldest festival on the Costa del Sol, having been
                                 aqueducts.                                                        celebrated annually for over thirty years now. It enjoys
                                                                                                   international renown both for its incredible location (the
                                 The Nerja Cave, first discovered in 1959 at the foot of the       Ballet Chamber in the cave) as well as for its prestigious
                                 Sierra de Almijara, is the region's major natural cavern, not     performers. The Queen of Spain herself has attended the
                                 only because of its size, but also because of its beautiful       Cueva de Nerja Festival to listen to Rostropovich. José
                                 stalactite and stalagmite formations and its archaeological       Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Alfredo Kraus and Kiri Te
                                 value, which led it to be declared a National Historic-Artistic   Kanawa, to name just a few, are among the great
                                 Monument. The cave features four chambers open to the             performers who have participated in the festival.
                                 public: the Belén Chamber, where the pottery and Cro-
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                                 But the Nerja Cave is not the only one in the district -    FIESTAS
                                 although they are often overshadowed by the most            Festivals honouring the town's patrons (8-12 October) -
                                 famous one-, for instance, the Caves of La Civila and       St Michael Archangel and the Virgen de las Angustias
                                 Sima Zárate, which are 1,505 m above sea level on the       (Our Lady of Sorrow) - were celebrated for the first time
                                 Alto del Cielo, the Cueva del Muro (Cave of the Wall),      in 1804. Many people from nearby towns come to Nerja
                                 Sima Espartal, Sima de la Cuesta and the Cueva              to partake in the fun and relaxed atmosphere that
                                 Pintada (Painted Cave), where Prehistoric pottery           prevails during the popular celebration. Following the
                                 objects were found.                                         procession of the Patron Saints held in the evening, a
                                                                                             wide variety of activities are held ranging from a
                                 With such interesting sights in the mountains, visitors     flamenco singing festival, to sports competitions,
                                 must remember that Nerja has a 16km long coastline          outdoor concerts and musical performances of every
                                 featuring twelve different beaches and coves. The most      genre.
                                 well-known beaches are Burriana (the longest),
                                 Playazo, Torrecilla and Calahonda. All are very well        The Virgen de las Maravillas (Our Lady of Marvels) Fair
                                 equipped and they offer a variety of services, except for   is celebrated in Maro around 8 September, when the
                                 the coves of Maro, where beach bars and other               Virgin is carried in procession through the streets of the
                                 facilities are not allowed.                                 town accompanied by a coheteá (a deafening thunder
                                                                                             of fireworks), the cost of which are shared among
                                 Another sight that may be of interest to some visitors is   residents according to what each one can contribute.
                                 Chanquete's boat, "La Dorada". It was used in the           Popular music and dance are the highlights of this
                                 filming of the Spanish National TV series "Verano Azul",    celebration, whose origins date back to the sixteenth
                                 a programme that made the location well known               century.
                                 throughout Spain. The boat can be found in the Verano
                                 Azul Park, preserved as a tribute to the television         Las Cruces de Mayo (May Crosses), held at the
                                 series.                                                     beginning of the month, is a long-standing tradition in
                                                                                             Nerja, although it has changed with the passage of
                                 The old quarter of the neighbouring village of Maro,        time. What started out as a courtship ritual performed
                                 which still features the traditional architecture of the    by young people has become a celebration in which
                                 region, also merits a thorough visit.                       colourful floral altars are erected in the streets. Singing,


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                                 traditional dancing and, of course, eating are all a big      daylight fades, a castle of fireworks is set off on one of
                                 part of the festivities. Approximately thirty crosses are     the boats.
                                 set up and some are so popular that traffic has to be
                                 stopped in the streets due to the throngs of people           The "sanjuaneo" (Eve of St John, on 24 June) is also
                                 straining to have a look at them.                             closely linked to the sea, since the burning of the "júas",
                                                                                               the dances, and the ritual of going under nine waves
                                 The celebration of San Antón day is held in Maro on 16        after jumping over the fire all take place on the
                                 and 17 January. As in times gone by, numerous                 following beaches: Burriana, La Torrecilla and El
                                 bonfires are lit on the first day to invoke protection for    Playazo.
                                 livestock against diseases. The following day there is a
                                 Mass followed by a lively evening festival.                   Holy Week holds a special significance for the people
                                                                                               of both Nerja and Maro, as shown by the austerity and
                                 The Pilgrimage of San Isidro, on 15 May, has become a         respect with which they view the passing processions.
                                 busy celebration, as not only do the people of Nerja          Some cofradías (fraternities) enjoy a large devotional
                                 take part but also a great many foreigners living in the      following among the townspeople, a fact which the
                                 area. The festivities start with a Mass at the Church of      public doesn't hesitate to express as the processions
                                 El Salvador during which offerings from the vegetable         pass by.
                                 gardens of Nerja are made to the Saint. Afterwards, the
                                 floats set out from the Balcón de Europa and head             Carnival celebrations have always been quite popular
                                 towards the Saint's chapel in La Mina, near the Nerja         in Nerja, but over the last few years the festival has
                                 Cave. Here the fiesta is celebrated with singing,             become so popular that it has surprised even its
                                 dancing and, of course, plenty of food.                       organisers, since practically the entire town now
                                                                                               participates. The fancy dresses are truly amazing, and
                                 Nerja reaffirms its close ties to the sea on the day of the   they reach their climax on the days when King Momo
                                 Virgen del Carmen (16 July). Festivities begin with a         and the Nymphs are chosen. The "Entierro del
                                 huge parade and in the evening, after the Mass, the           Chanquete" (Burial of the Sardine) consists of a much
                                 Virgen del Carmen sails across the water in a                 bewailed and somewhat irreverent funeral procession.
                                 procession, accompanied by numerous vessels. As



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                                 FOOD
                                 The local cuisine is rich and varied, resulting from an          which is accessed by a short (less than 1 km) road that
                                 optimal combination of ingredients from the sea and the          leaves the N-340 highway 400 meters past kilometre 302.
                                 fields of the region. The great influx of tourists to the town   The El Pino coves are sandy and located quite near to one
                                 has also brought about the establishment of high-class           another, being separated by some immense rocks. One of
                                 hotels, making it possible to savour excellent international     the largest coves is Alberquillas; it is joined to Molino de
                                 food here as well.                                               Papel Beach by the remains of an ancient watchtower. It
                                                                                                  can be accessed by a road that turns off at Km. 299 of the
                                 Local specialties include fish and clams with paprika, fish      N-340.
                                 and noodle casserole, ajoblanco (garlic and almond soup)
                                 with grapes, ajo colorao (a dish made with potatoes, red
                                 pepper, garlic, etc.), Burriana (one of Nerja's
                                 beaches)grilled sea bream, berzas (a sort of vegetable
                                 stew), fried pumpkins with sardines, kid in almond sauce
                                 and, of course, pescaíto frito (small fried fish), a staple in
                                 any Costa del Sol community.

                                 NATURE
                                 The Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs Natural Sites begins where
                                 the foot of Sierra de Almijara drops off into the
                                 Mediterranean. It was declared a Natural Site by the
                                 Environmental Agency in 1989. Covering an area of 375 ha
                                 and reaching one kilometre out to sea, it is an area of great
                                 ecological significance, as much for the diversity of species
                                 as for the variety of substrates and unique pattern of ocean     In the westernmost part of the park are the easily-
                                 currents, which allow for a rich marine flora and fauna.         accessible Maro beaches, along with La Caleta, tucked in
                                                                                                  between the cliffs and the lowlands. The Department for
                                 In the area of the cliffs, there are numerous coves of great     the Environment has started an all-terrain transport service
                                 natural beauty including the large and oft-visited Cañuelo,      to facilitate access to these coves.


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                                                     index . Rincón de la Victoria                                    TOURIST BOARD &
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                                                                                                         Málaga, Sun and Sand

                                                                                  Rincón de la Victoria is made up of the villages of
                                                                             Benagalbón, La Cala, Torre de Benagalbón, Aguirre, Los
                                                                         Millares and a few smaller ones. Nearly all of them -especially
                                                                      Rincón de la Victoria and La Cala- have undergone spectacular
                                                                    growth over the past twenty years, mainly due to their proximity to
                                                                  the capital of the province of Málaga and to roadway improvements.


                                                             .   Cala del Moral

                                                         .   Los Rubios

                                                        .    Rincón de la Victoria

                                                         .       Torre de Benagalbón




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  c     ALA DEL MORAL BEACH                                       Rincón de la Victoria
                                                                      Description:
                                                                      This spacious cove in the town of Rincón de la Victoria is situated
                                                                      next to the beachfront promenade and is scattered with green areas
                                                                      and quaint housing developments.

                                                                      Type of beach: urban
                                                                      Blue flag: no

                                                                      Width: 40 m
                                                                      Length: 1,300 m
                                                                      Surface material: sand
                                                                      Sand colour: dark

                                                                      Swell: moderate
                                                                      Level of occupancy: high

                                                                      Nearest marina: El Candado Yacht Club

                                                                      Nude beach: no

         District: Rincón de la Victoria                              Facilities and services: beach chair hire, beach bar (open all year
         Town: Rincón de la Victoria                                  round), dike, showers, peddle boats, lifeguard station, rubbish bins,
                                                                      cleaning service, children's area.




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  l   OS RUBIOS BEACH                                            Rincón de la Victoria
                                                                      Description:
                                                                      Los Rubios features a swimming area demarcated with buoys, and
                                                                      its close proximity to the city centre makes it very attractive for
                                                                      tourists. Although the closest marina is El Candado, in Málaga, this
                                                                      beach is often used for a variety of water sports.

                                                                      Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                      Blue flag: no

                                                                      Width: 20 m
                                                                      Length: 1,100 m
                                                                      Surface material: sand
                                                                      Sand colour: dark

                                                                      Swell: moderate
                                                                      Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                      Nearest marina: El Candado Yacht Club
         District: Rincón de la Victoria
         Town: Rincón de la Victoria                                  Nude beach: no

                                                                      Facilities and services: beach chair hire, showers, peddle boats,
                                                                      rubbish bins, cleaning service, children's area.



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  r   INCÓN DE LA VICTORIA BEACH                               Rincón de la Victoria
                                                                      Description:
                                                                      This is a very long beach located right in Rincón de la Victoria. It is
                                                                      known for its high tourist draw and its excellent facilities.

                                                                      Type of beach: urban
                                                                      Blue flag: no

                                                                      Width: 30 m
                                                                      Length: 3,600 m
                                                                      Surface material: sand
                                                                      Sand colour: dark

                                                                      Swell: none
                                                                      Level of occupancy: high

                                                                      Nearest marina: El Candado Yacht Club

                                                                      Nude beach: no
         District: Rincón de la Victoria
         Town: Rincón de la Victoria                                  Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair hire, beach
                                                                      bar (open all year round), showers, peddle boats, lifeguard station,
                                                                      rubbish bins, cleaning service, children's area.




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  t   ORRE DE BENAGALBÓN BEACH                                 Rincón de la Victoria
                                                                      Description:
                                                                      This beach is especially appropriate for doing water sports, and golf
                                                                      can be played on the nearby Añoreta golf course. Here you can also
                                                                      enjoy a stroll along the beachfront promenade that joins La Cala del
                                                                      Moral with Rincón de la Victoria.

                                                                      Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                      Blue flag: no

                                                                      Width: 25 m
                                                                      Length: 700 m
                                                                      Surface material: sand
                                                                      Sand colour: dark

                                                                      Swell: moderate
                                                                      Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                      Nearest marina: El Candado Yacht Club

         District: Rincón de la Victoria                              Nude beach: no
         Town: Rincón de la Victoria
                                                                      Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair hire, beach
                                                                      bar (open all year round), showers, peddle boats, rubbish bins,
                                                                      cleaning service, children's area.



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                                                            USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                            Surface area: 27.50 km2
                                                            Population: 31,000
                                                            Name given to the local people: rinconeros
                                                            Location: The town is 12 km from Málaga City, in the southwestern part of
                                                            the Axarquía region, on the Eastern Costa del Sol. It has an average rainfall
                                                            of 480 l/m2, and the average temperature is around 18º C.
                                                            What to see: Bezmiliana Fortress, Nuestra Señora del Carmen Church,
                                                            Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Church (Benagalbón), watchtowers at El
                                                            Cantal and Benagalbón, Cueva del Tesoro (cave), Cueva de la Victoria
                                                            (cave).
                                                            Tourist Information: Town Hall, Plaza Al-Andalus, 1 (29730). Tel.: 95 240
                                                            23 00; fax: 95 240 29 00.


          Rincón de la Victoria
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                                    The district of Rincón de la Victoria is bounded by the        stone fragments were found. Just as interesting are the
                                 bed of the Totalán stream to the west and the San Millán          remains found in the nearby Cueva de la Victoria, which
                                 stream to the east. In addition, the Granadillas and              date from the Bronze Age. It is also known that around 550
                                 Benagalbón streams also run across the district, but they         BC, a Punic-Phoenician town was founded near the
                                 only carry water on a seasonal basis. As it climbs from the       Benagalbón Hill and that, later, the Romans settled in the
                                 coastal strip towards the inlands, the terrain becomes hilly      area, as evidenced by the remains of mosaics and Roman
                                 and is covered with vineyards or olive groves, almond, and        baths found nearby. The archaeological evidence
                                 carob trees, making up the typical Axarquía's landscape.          corroborates Pliny's first-century description, in which he
                                 Despite the hills, the region is rather low in general, with      mentions a fortress built as a defence against invasions
                                 the Salazar Hill, its highest peak, only reaching 512 m.          coming from the sea. It is quite possible that the Moors
                                                                                                   established the town that was later named Rincón de la
                                 There are several built-up centres in the district, including     Victoria around this ancient fortress, calling it Bezmiliana -
                                 Benagalbón (located 5 km inland), La Cala, Torre de               probably a derivation of an earlier Roman name for the
                                 Benagalbón, Aguirre, Los Millares and a few less                  town.
                                 populated ones. Nearly all of them -especially Rincón de la
                                 Victoria and La Cala- have undergone spectacular growth           According to an eleventh-century description by El Idrissi,
                                 over the past twenty years, mainly due to their proximity to      the old Bezmiliana (Bizilyana), of which virtually nothing
                                 the capital of the province of Málaga and to roadway              remains today, boasted a fishing port, a medina or citadel,
                                 improvements. As a result, what was formerly a second             a mosque and a protective wall, the scanty remains of
                                 home for many Málaga-born people, has today become                which are still visible in the area of El Castellón, on the
                                 their place of permanent residence. Furthermore, Rincón           road to Benagalbón.
                                 de la Victoria is not just a continuation of Málaga -although
                                 it has benefited from its proximity to the capital- but has its   Some chroniclers tell us that the Moors left the area before
                                 own way of life, as well as a great deal of tourist and           the arrival of the Christian troops because when the latter
                                 commercial activity. According to the information currently       reached Málaga on their way from Vélez-Málaga, they
                                 available, this region was one of the first in Málaga to be       found the village deserted. About 120 people came to the
                                 settled by humans. It features one of the best documented         area in late fifteenth and early sixteenth century to
                                 Prehistoric settlements in the Axarquía region thanks to the      repopulate it; however, even before the Moorish rebellion
                                 Cueva del Tesoro (cave). Here, Palaeolithic paintings and         (1569), the new residents also left the area, possibly due to


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                                 the outbreak of an epidemic disease. There was also            WHAT TO SEE
                                 constant unrest among the area's Moorish population due        Although the town's seafaring tradition is far from lost, the
                                 to their harsh subjugation by the Christians and the           old fishing houses erected helter-skelter between the
                                 endless sea invasions.                                         beach and the main road have become trapped -those that
                                                                                                have been kept- among modern buildings. In spite of this,
                                 In 1776, construction of the Bezmiliana Fortress began         the town still maintains the unmistakable air of an
                                 near the Bezmiliana ruins, aimed at defending the entire       Axarquía's coastal village, having achieved a rare balance
                                 coastal zone against the English. Under the protection of      between the eclectic housing developments of recent
                                 the fortress, small communities began to spring up and         years and the traditional popular architecture.
                                 they quickly blossomed into towns whose inhabitants
                                 devoted to fishing. Soon the region became an annex of         A magnificent view of the entire Málaga Bay can be
                                 Benagalbón, a town that was the main centre of the district    enjoyed from the broad beachfront promenade, where the
                                 until 1906. By that time, the number of residents in Rincón    lion's share of the hotels and restaurants are located. Near
                                 de la Victoria had greatly exceeded that of Benagalbón.        the housing developments that have recently spread
                                 Even so, it wasn't until 1950 that the Town Hall was           towards the inlands, new recreational facilities have been
                                 officially relocated to Rincón de la Victoria, a name that     established, including an eighteen-hole golf course in
                                 originates from the fact that the town is situated on land     Añoreta.
                                 once belonging to the Convent of La Victoria.
                                                                                                The Bezmiliana fortress, also referred to as the Bezmiliana
                                 HOW TO GET THERE                                               stronghold or castle, is Rincón de la Victoria's foremost
                                 Because of its location right on the coast, the only way to    monument. It was built in 1766 according to the plans by
                                 arrive at Rincón de la Victoria is via the Autovía del         José de la Crane to defend this area of the Málaga coast
                                 Mediterráneo (A-7; N-340), which forks upon entering the       when Gibraltar was taken by the English. Constructed on a
                                 town, although both routes lead to the city centre. Take the   square floor plan with cylindrical towers on two of its
                                 direction Motril-Almería when coming from the Western          corners, its austere architectural lines leave no room for
                                 Costa del Sol and the direction towards Málaga-Cádiz           doubt as to the purpose it was built to serve -quite different
                                 when coming from the Eastern Costa del Sol.                    from the one it currently fulfils since being restored in 1992.
                                                                                                The fortress now houses a prestigious exhibition hall along
                                                                                                with other areas dedicated to cultural activities.


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                                 The Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, the Patron          from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age have all been
                                 Virgin of sailors par excellence, was constructed in         found within the cave.
                                 1892. A very simple structure -in keeping with the
                                 popular architectural style of the time-, it consists of     The path through the cavern, with a total surface area
                                 three naves, with a bell tower adjoining the Gospels         of approximately 3,000 m2, is about 500 m long. The
                                 nave. Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Church, in             cave is divided into four chambers: the Chamber of
                                 Benagalbón, was erected in the sixteenth century but         Noctiluca (the Phoenician fertility goddess), the
                                 today only the walls remain from the original structure.     Chamber of the Virgin, the Chamber of Marcus Crassus
                                 Its interior features murals by the internationally renown   (it is said that this Roman politician, who was a member
                                 painter from Vélez, Francisco Hernández. These               of the First Triumvirate along with Pompey and Julius
                                 include "The Ascension", in the central section of the       Caesar, hid in this cave while fleeing after his father's
                                 church, "The Nativity" and "Jesus Appearing at the           assassination), and the Chamber of the Lakes.
                                 Temple" on the sides.
                                                                                              The Cueva de la Victoria, not so widely known as the
                                 The military watchtowers at El Cantal and Benagalbón         Cueva del Tesoro, was discovered in 1939 and,
                                 -both quite well preserved- belonged to a defence            according to studies, held remarkable archaeological
                                 system which, towards the end of the Middle Ages and         artefacts dating from the Upper Palaeolithic to the
                                 beginning of the Modern Age, protected the entire            Bronze Age. The find, however, was unfortunately
                                 Málaga coast against the constant sea invasions that         destroyed when farmers entered in search of bat guano
                                 threatened the area's inhabitants over the course of         for use as fertiliser. Visits from some "amateur"
                                 several centuries.                                           archaeologists and curious tourists haven't helped with
                                                                                              the conservation of the site either.
                                 The Cueva del Tesoro (Treasure Cave), also known as
                                 the Higuerón or Swiss Cave, is located on the hill of El
                                 Cantal, between Rincón de la Victoria and La Cala. The
                                 existence of the cavern has been known since the
                                 seventeenth century. Cave paintings (heads of goats),
                                 pottery fragments (earthen bowls and pots, spherical
                                 and oval cups), stone fragments and bones ranging in


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                                 FIESTAS                                                           The fair in La Cala, adjoining Rincón de la Victoria, takes
                                 Rincón de la Victoria's seafaring tradition is best               place the first weekend of July. It features all sorts of
                                 represented by the celebrations on 16 July, Virgen del            festive activities for young and old alike but the jábegas
                                 Carmen Day. The image of the Virgin is taken in                   boat races and the impromptu flamenco performances are
                                 procession from its sanctuary to the seashore in the              the highlights. The weekend closest to 2 February sees the
                                 accompaniment of the most fervent outpouring of devotion          community of Benagalbón celebrate the festivals in honour
                                 that the town people can muster. Once on the beach, the           of its Patron Virgin, Virgen de la Candelaria. Verdiales (a
                                 image is placed on a boat that carries it on its sea              special type of flamenco singing) groups form an integral
                                 procession. This is a tradition cherished in nearly all the       part of the festivities, giving performances over the course
                                 coastal villages in Andalusia but it is of special significance   of the celebrations. But the culmination of these grand
                                 here, in Rincón de la Victoria. The town fair also coincides      fiestas is the procession of the Virgin through the streets,
                                 with this celebration, so dear to the hearts of the               where, in keeping with tradition, sugared almonds and
                                 townspeople. It features a flamenco singing contest, an           hazelnuts are thrown on the image's cape. This generates
                                 antique car show, the jábegas boat race (an ancient type of       an uproar of the little ones, determined not to leave even a
                                 Mediterranean boat that has kept the same structure               single candy on the pavement as the sweets fall to the
                                 throughout the centuries), evening concerts, sports               ground.
                                 competitions, parades, musical performances and
                                 fireworks, to name just a few of the activities organised on      Torre de Benagalbón centres its festive days around San
                                 these days.                                                       Juan Day (24 June), on the eve of which the júas (Judas'
                                                                                                   images) are burned and gatherings are organised on the
                                 The festival of Las Cruces, in May, has grown in popularity       beach. Participants jump over bonfires with the most
                                 in recent years and, as in decades gone-by, altars adorned        resolute then bathing in the sea to fulfil the ritual of
                                 with flowers, Manila shawls, fans typical of the old days,        purification by water and fire. Flamenco performances, a
                                 beautiful bedspreads, flowerpots and other valuable               Mass dedicated to the Virgen del Rocío, sports
                                 domestic items can again be seen lining the streets of the        competitions, outdoor concerts in the evening and a variety
                                 town. Corpus Christi is also celebrated with a similar show       of other activities round out the celebrations.
                                 of town decoration.




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                                 FOOD                                                           CELEBRITIES
                                                                                                Although he was born in Málaga, Manuel Laza Palacio
                                                                                                (1909-1988) can truly be considered a son of Rincón de la
                                                                                                Victoria, since he devoted a good part of his life (thirty-eight
                                                                                                years) to study the Cueva del Tesoro. After the Spanish
                                                                                                Civil War, he was jailed for having worked in the Institute
                                                                                                for Agrarian Reform during the Second Republic. In prison
                                                                                                he studied Classical Philology and, once released, he
                                                                                                worked as a teacher until he was called before the Tribunal
                                                                                                for the Repression of Masonry. He is the author of Gárgoris
                                                                                                y Habidis, a text on which Sánchez Dragó based years
                                                                                                later to write his book of the same name, El tesoro de cinco
                                                                                                reyes, and Escritos malagueños, among other texts.

                                 The undisputed king of the table in Rincón de la Victoria is   LEGENDS
                                 the pescaíto frito (small fried fish). This is an umbrella     There are several legends told about the Cueva del
                                 name that includes a variety of dishes: small sardine          Tesoro, and two of them have to do with a supposed
                                 skewers and the famous Vitorianos anchovies (Victoria-         hidden treasure that has, of course, never been found.
                                 style anchovies, the local accent makes the "c" disappear).    One of these legends is recounted in detail by Manuel
                                 In the category of "dishes you eat with a spoon",              Laza Palacio in his aforementioned book, El tesoro de
                                 specialties include cascote soup, made with chickpeas and      cinco reyes (The Treasure of Five Kings). In the book, he
                                 rice, ajoblanco (garlic and almond soup), noodle casserole,    describes how five Muslim kings buried a fabulous treasure
                                 and rape fish soup, for which only the head of the fish is     somewhere in the cave before fleeing the area. It is
                                 used.                                                          interesting to note that in the late 1950s, while a study of
                                                                                                the cave was being conducted by Laza Palacio, he found
                                                                                                six gold dinar coins dating back to the twelfth century there.
                                                                                                A second version suggests that the treasure was sent from
                                                                                                Oran by Caliph Texufin Ben Ali, belonging to the
                                                                                                Almoravids, who arrived on the coast of Málaga after
                                                                                                fleeing a revolt at which he would surely have perished.
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                                                            index . Torremolinos                                   TOURIST BOARD &
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                                                                                                     Málaga, Sun and Sand

                                                                              The district of Torremolinos is halfway between the
                                                                         Mijas mountain range and the coast, in a land of gently
                                                                     rolling hills that slope gradually down to the sea. A former
                                                                  neighbourhood of Málaga City, Torremolinos has been an
                                                                independent district since 1988, and has four very distinct
                                                              population centres including El Calvario, El Bajondillo, La Carihuela,
                                                             and the traditional city centre, with its maze of winding streets



                                                        .   El Bajondillo

                                                       .    La Carihuela

                                                        .   Los Álamos / El Cañuelo

                                                            .   Playamar / Retiro




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  e     L BAJONDILLO BEACH                                                           Torremolinos
                                                                    Description:
                                                                    Bajondillo, Los Álamos and Playamar together make up one very
                                                                    long beach, abruptly interrupted by an enormous rock that serves
                                                                    as the foundation for several rows of apartment buildings.

                                                                    Type of beach: urban
                                                                    Blue flag: no

                                                                    Width: 40 m
                                                                    Length: 1,100 m
                                                                    Surface material: sand
                                                                    Sand colour: dark

                                                                    Swell: moderate
                                                                    Level of occupancy: high

                                                                    Nearest marina: Benalmádena

                                                                    Nude beach: no

         District: Torremolinos                                     Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
         Town: Torremolinos                                         umbrella hire, beach bar (open all year round), showers, peddle
                                                                    boats, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot, promenade,
                                                                    beach volleyball court, cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                    surveillance, children's area.



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  l   A CARIHUELA BEACH                                                             Torremolinos
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This beach stretches between the imposing rock wall of Bajondillo
                                                                   Beach and the Marina. It has a well-marked swimming zone, and
                                                                   many activities are organised here during the summer. On 16 July,
                                                                   during the Carmen Fair, this beach plays host to a procession of the
                                                                   Virgin by boat to the accompaniment of fireworks.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 40 m
                                                                   Length: 2,100 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

                                                                   Nearest marina: Benalmádena

         District: Torremolinos                                    Nude beach: no
         Town: Torremolinos
                                                                   Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                   umbrella hire, toilets, beach bar (open all year round), showers,
                                                                   peddle boats, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot,
                                                                   promenade, cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                   surveillance, children's area.
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  l   OS ÁLAMOS - EL CAÑUELO BEACH                                                   Torremolinos
                                                                    Description:
                                                                    Several apartment complexes border this extensive beach and its
                                                                    promenade. Swimming areas are well marked here and the sandy
                                                                    strip has a place for beaching small boats. In September, in addition
                                                                    to some concerts and promotional events, "Tourist Day" is
                                                                    celebrated here with an Andalusian horse-taming exhibition. In early
                                                                    2004, a new 1,447 meter-long beachfront promenade was
                                                                    inaugurated. It features street furniture, trees, bushes, public
                                                                    parking lots, as well as sanitation and transportation systems.
                                                                    Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                    Blue flag: no
                                                                    Width: 60 m
                                                                    Length: 1,500 m
                                                                    Surface material: sand, gravel
                                                                    Sand colour: golden
                                                                    Swell: moderate
                                                                    Level of occupancy: medium
                                                                    Nearest marina: Benalmádena
         District: Torremolinos                                     Nude beach: no
         Town: Torremolinos                                         Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                    umbrella hire, beach bar (open all year round), showers, peddle
                                                                    boats, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot, beach volleyball
                                                                    courts, cleaning service, public telephone, security surveillance,
                                                                    children's area.

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  p      LAYAMAR - EL RETIRO BEACH                                                   Torremolinos
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This beach is characterised by the numerous apartment buildings
                                                                   lining the beachfront. It offers a wide variety of facilities and is very
                                                                   well marked with buoys. A variety of shows and performances are
                                                                   organised here during the summer.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 50 m
                                                                   Length: 1,000 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

                                                                   Nearest marina: Benalmádena

                                                                   Nude beach: no
         District: Torremolinos
         Town: Torremolinos                                        Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                   umbrella hire, beach bar (open all year round), showers, peddle
                                                                   boats, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot, promenade,
                                                                   beach volleyball court, cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                   surveillance, children's area.

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                                                            USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                            Surface area: 20 km2
                                                            Population: around 53,500
                                                            Name given to the local people: torremolinenses
                                                            Location: Torremolinos is located in the Western Costa del Sol region. Its
                                                            main centre is situated 50 m above sea level, 12 km from the capital of the
                                                            Málaga province and 5 km from Pablo Ruiz Picasso International Airport.
                                                            Average rainfall in the area is 500 l/m2 and the annual average temperature
                                                            is approximately 18º C.
                                                            What to see: San Miguel St., Pimentel Tower, Casa de los Navajas, Molino
                                                            de Inca, Torremolinos Sports Centre, La Carihuela, Palacio de Congresos
                                                            (Conference Hall), Príncipe de Asturias Auditorium.
                                                            Tourist Information: Town Hall, Department for Tourism, Plaza Blas
                                                            Infante, 1 (29620). Tel.: 95 237 95 11; fax: 95 237 95 51. Tourist Office,
                                                            Plaza de la Independencia, s/n. Tel.: 95 237 42 31.

                      Torremolinos
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                                   The district of Torremolinos is located between the      probably thanks to the good road system that three fish
                                 Sierra de Mijas mountain range and the coast, in a land    salting factories were established here (mainly
                                 of gently rolling hills that slope gradually down to the   specialising in the production of garum, a sort of sauce
                                 sea. A former neighbourhood of Málaga City,                derived from fish that was essential in Roman cuisine),
                                 Torremolinos has been an independent district since        although only scanty remains of one of them have been
                                 1988. The extensive green areas that descend to the        conserved in the area of the Campamento Benítez.
                                 foot of the mountains run right into the multi-coloured    Also dating from the Roman era is a small necropolis
                                 and labyrinthine urban sprawl of the town, giving the      discovered while construction was taking place in the
                                 locality a rather unique appearance (it has four very      Cantabria Square.
                                 distinct population centres: El Calvario, El Bajondillo,
                                 La Carihuela, and the most traditional part of the town,   The Arabs, with their eternal reverence of water, did not
                                 with its maze of winding streets).                         hesitate to take advantage of the stream that flowed
                                                                                            down from the springs area to the beach. They built
                                 The first humans settled in the area around 150,000        several watermills along its course. Around 1300 AD, at
                                 years ago. Nine Prehistoric human skulls were found in     the height of the Nasrid period, the construction of a
                                 the caves that once existed at Tesoro, Tejones,            defensive tower began at the end of what is now San
                                 Encanto and Tapada, in Punta de Torremolinos, in the       Miguel St. to try and deter invasions from the sea. The
                                 present-day Santa Clara Castle, which is now situated      city's name came about as a reference to this tower
                                 on the site, where clay vessels, axe heads, necklaces,     (torre) and the mills (molinos) built there.
                                 bracelets, and rings were also found, together with
                                 Neolithic remains (ca. 5000 BC). These, according to       Shortly after the conquest of Málaga, Ferdinand and
                                 historian Juan Temboury, belonged to a people from         Isabella granted Torremolinos's springs to the capital
                                 Mesopotamia who settled in the area - an area where        city, a decision that was supported by Joanna the Mad
                                 they found an excellent climate, abundance of water,       again in 1511. As a result, the watermills constructed by
                                 game and fish, as well as natural shelters.                the Moors slowly ceased to function over the course of
                                                                                            the years due to water shortage.
                                 In Roman times, Torremolinos was very well connected
                                 with Málaga and Cádiz by means of a road which the         The first resident of Torremolinos whose name appears
                                 Romans had constructed to unite the cities. And it was     in an official document was a man named Alonso


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                                 Martín. He was hired as a tower guard whose mission          increase in the capital of the province, which only had
                                 was warning the town of impending sea attacks, one of        limited water resources at that time. This initiative
                                 which took place in 1503, as shown in a document             brought about the conversion of the town of
                                 found in the Málaga Cathedral Archives. Martín was           Torremolinos into a neighbourhood of Málaga.
                                 paid 25 maravedies (old Spanish currency) a day, but,
                                 since his duty was to keep a careful watch over the          Sir George Langworthy, a peculiar British citizen who
                                 coast, he was not allowed to have a dog or a fishing         settled in Torremolinos at the end of the nineteenth
                                 pole, nor was he allowed to play games. In the event         century, bought the Castle of Santa Clara and, in 1930,
                                 that he did not fulfil these requirements, he could have     turned it into a hotel-residence. It was the first tourist
                                 been sanctioned with two months without pay or even          property not only in Torremolinos, but practically on the
                                 be dismissed.                                                entire Costa del Sol. Shortly thereafter, Carlota
                                                                                              Alessandri turned "Cucazorra", her rural house, into the
                                 The harassment of the Málaga coast by privateers was         Parador de Montenar. The following decade the La
                                 incessant, so in order to defend the coastline of            Roca Hotel opened its doors and, at the end of the
                                 Torremolinos, Antonio Jiménez Mesa, a Royal Army             1940s, El Remos Restaurant and Ball Room in
                                 engineer, suggested that a castle or a cannon battery        Carihuela began operating. The rest is well-known
                                 should be built. The project started in 1770 on the site     history!
                                 where the Santa Clara Hotel stands today. The fortress
                                 housed quarters for cavalry and infantry, a chapel,          Since the inauguration of the Los Nidos Hotel and the
                                 residences and warehouses. It was equipped with a            Pez Espada (the first luxury hotel in the area) in the
                                 battery of six twenty-four-pound cannons with a range        1950s, the name Torremolinos has been inevitably
                                 of approximately 6 km. The enclosure was a military          associated with tourism. Now, over fifty years later, the
                                 base up until 1830, when it was adapted as                   peaceful town, which arose under the protection of its
                                 headquarters for police officers. Years later it came into   watchtower and with the help of watermills that took
                                 private hands and some remains of the fortress still         advantage of the abundant water supply from its
                                 survive today in the area known as La Batería.               springs, is known all over the world and a leader in the
                                                                                              international travel industry.
                                 In 1923, two projects were implemented to route water
                                 from Torremolinos to Málaga, given the population


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                                 HOW TO GET THERE                                             On a stroll down this street towards the sea, you'll find
                                 Directly from the airport or from anywhere else on the       the Torre Pimentel, which people used to call Torre de
                                 Costa del Sol just follow the signs to Torremolinos; you     los Molinos, Torre Molinos or Torre de Molinos. Much
                                 can't miss it. The Autovía del Mediterráneo and the old N-   historical information exists about this monument,
                                 340, whose stretch across the city centre has been           dating back as far as 1490. Its name, the repair work
                                 converted into a boulevard, are the access routes for this   done on it, the people who worked in it and other
                                 major tourist destination.                                   minutiae are painstakingly detailed in a number of
                                                                                              historical documents. Juan Temboury believes the
                                 WHAT TO SEE                                                  tower was erected in the fourteenth century; he
                                 Due to its proximity to Málaga and its having been just      describes it as "a rectangular prism with a base
                                 a "suburb" of the province's capital for so many years,      measuring 7.2 x 6.1 m, a top measuring 6.63 x 5.05 m
                                 Torremolinos doesn't have many notable old                   and a height of about 12 m."
                                 monuments, with the exception of the Torre Pimentel
                                 (Pimentel Tower). It does, however, offer some of the        The Casa de los Navajas (C/ Las Mercedes, s/n) is a
                                 most complete leisure services on the entire Costa del       beautiful extravagance of a Churriana resident who, in
                                 Sol, with excellent sports and cultural opportunities,       1925, decided to build a mansion in Neomudéjar style.
                                 charming neighbourhoods, a wonderful beachfront              This architectural style unabashedly set out to imitate
                                 promenade and, of course, the beaches, whose quality         the buildings designed by the Muslims who continued
                                 has kept the town a leader in tourism year after year.       to live in Spain after the Reconquest in the fourteenth
                                                                                              to sixteenth centuries. The Neomudéjar style became
                                 Before the unstoppable "tourist boom" took place at the      widely popular after the Iberian-American Exhibition,
                                 end of the 1950s, San Miguel St. was already the heart       held in Seville in 1929.
                                 of Torremolinos. What at first glance may appear to be
                                 just another crowded pedestrian zone like that of many       El Molino de Inca, located in the Los Manantiales area,
                                 other coastal towns turns out to be a street with its own    is the oldest of all the watermills that once existed in the
                                 unique character, a boisterous cosmopolitan                  district (in 1923 there were 19) and the first to receive
                                 atmosphere and other hard-to-define nuances that             water from the mountains. The watermill, once used to
                                 make it really one-of-a-kind.                                mill grain, has now been renovated, and a 40,000m2
                                                                                              botanical garden has been built on its grounds. The


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                                 garden features more than 150 palm trees of fifty             Carihuela, the beaches and the food live up to their
                                 different varieties, 300 trees of 60 different species,       fame.
                                 and 400 shrubs coming from several parts of the world.
                                 Four viewpoints have been strategically built to allow        The Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de
                                 the mill and gardens to be admired.                           Torremolinos (Torremolinos Conference and Exhibition
                                 The Torremolinos City Sport Complex, located in the           Hall) is situated very close to the city centre on a small
                                 extended area of Torremolinos, between the city centre        hill that affords an excellent panoramic view of the
                                 and Los Manantiales, offers numerous facilities such as       coast. It features twenty two halls with a capacity for
                                 El Pozuelo grass football field, the Palacio San Miguel       between 12 and 900 people. The Príncipe de Asturias
                                 multi-sport centre, the Virgen del Carmen Olympic-            Municipal Auditorium is one of the town's most
                                 sized swimming pool, athletic tracks, dirt football fields,   important cultural facilities. The building covers
                                 and tennis and paddle-tennis courts. It is one of the         6,500m2 and can accommodate 1,790 people seated
                                 most fully equipped sports complexes of its kind in           and another 5,500 standing. Built for virtually any type
                                 Andalusia, and many international teams use it as a           of event, it often houses musical performances (opera
                                 training facility, especially in winter, when the weather     and zarzuela), theatre plays, and dance shows, and
                                 in their countries is so inhospitable that outdoor sports     less frequently, multitudinous banquets.
                                 cannot be practised.
                                                                                               FIESTAS
                                 La Carihuela district, to the west of the town, is a          As a first-class tourist destination, Torremolinos offers a
                                 paradise for lovers of the famous pescaíto frito (small       never-ending festival calendar. The first engagement is
                                 fried fish) and without a doubt one of the Costa del          the Retro Dance Competition, held at the Príncipe de
                                 Sol's most famous restaurant areas. Despite the               Asturias Auditorium the last week of February. Couples
                                 throngs of tourists coming to the district, it has been       over 50 come from all over Europe to participate in this
                                 able to keep its traditional charm with narrow streets,       unusual competition that draws large crowds of
                                 small tranquil plazas dotted with plants and flowers          spectators to the auditorium every day. Tango, waltz,
                                 and, above all, a unique maritime character. The              paso doble, salsa, rock & roll or twist are the styles of
                                 beachfront promenade connects the area with                   choice in this competition that also sees dances that
                                 Bajondillo and Playamar, where, just as in La                 aren't part of the official contest taking place in other
                                                                                               parts of the city. The competition begins with a special


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                                 parade through the main streets of the town. Two             altars, always worthy of the praise they receive from the
                                 records have been broken in this parade: the largest         many onlookers.
                                 gypsy dress and the largest wedding dress in the world.
                                                                                              The celebration of La Noche de San Juan (The Eve of
                                 Carnival (the first two weeks of March) takes on a           St. John), on 23 June, is a longstanding tradition
                                 special significance in Torremolinos due to the large        throughout the area. But the grand festivities organised
                                 popular participation in the fiesta and because of the       by the Hermandad de Marineros de la Virgen del
                                 quality of the groups participating in the competitions of   Carmen (Virgen del Carmen Sailors' Fraternity), and
                                 chirigotas, murgas and comparsas (humorous songs             those that take place in the suburbs of San Juan and
                                 and popular performances), which take place in the           Cantarranas enjoy the greatest degree of popularity. In
                                 Municipal Auditorium. There is also a costume ball and       keeping with the tradition, bonfires are lit in different
                                 a colourful Carnival parade on the promenade in La           places and young people participate in the most
                                 Carihuela along with competitions to choose King             dangerous jumps. The procession of the Saint takes
                                 Momo, the Nymph, and the best costumes.                      place on 24 June after a Mass sung by the choir named
                                                                                              Coro Rociero de San Juan.
                                 The Verdiales Day, a celebration dedicated to the
                                 native folklore of Málaga, is held near the San Miguel       The Carmen Fair attracts thousands of people to La
                                 Chapel in the pine grove of Los Manantiales between          Carihuela in mid July, especially on the day when the
                                 the beginning of March and the beginning of April. It        image of the Virgin is placed on a boat to complete a
                                 features performances in three distinct flamenco styles:     maritime procession around the district. The heart of
                                 Comares, Almogía and Montes. The singing and                 the celebration is the El Remo Plaza, where a wide
                                 dancing is also complemented by a cooking                    variety of music and dance performances are held.
                                 demonstration.
                                                                                              By the end of September, Torremolinos celebrates the
                                 Clubs, associations, fraternities, and other social          pilgrimage of its Patron Saint, St Michael, in the nearby
                                 groups all play a very active part in the Cruces de Mayo     pine forest of Los Manantiales. Based on the number of
                                 (Crosses of May) celebration. Traditional ceramic and        people that participate every year (more than 200,000),
                                 copper pottery, fancy Manila shawls, and many                it ranks as the second largest pilgrimage in Andalusia,
                                 beautiful plants and flowers are used to decorate the        after that of El Rocío.


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                                 The procession, which includes many extravagantly           traditional performances, food tasting, and the
                                 adorned carriages and an even greater number of             selection of the "Tourist of Honour".
                                 horseback riders, leaves from the centre of town and
                                 heads towards Los Manantiales amidst cheerful               Torremolinos knows that pescaíto frito (small fried fish)
                                 exclamations by tourists, who don't hesitate to ask         is one of the town's major attractions when it comes to
                                 about just what it is that they are witnessing. The         promoting tourism. This is why the first Thursday of
                                 pilgrims camp next to San Miguel Chapel, which is then      October is celebrated as "Pescaíto Day", on which local
                                 completely overrun by the number of people trying to        restaurant owners hand out free rations of pescaíto to
                                 hear the Mass inside the shrine. Once the religious         residents and tourists alike.
                                 ceremony is over, the party begins and goes on until
                                 the sun goes down. Singing, dancing and excellent           Holy Week was not celebrated in Torremolinos until
                                 food are the key features of this popular fiesta.           rather late, as compared to other towns in the province.
                                                                                             In 1924, the first fraternity was established, Nuestro
                                 A few days later, the San Miguel Fair begins and, as in     Padre Jesus and María Santísima de los Dolores,
                                 other towns in Málaga, celebrations take place in the       headquartered in the Parish Church of Madre del Buen
                                 city centre during the day and then move to the             Consejo. The fraternity sets out in a procession on
                                 fairgrounds in the evening. Here, practically all of the    Good Friday.
                                 clubs and associations in Torremolinos set up their own
                                 stand, and there are many private ones as well. Despite     FOOD
                                 the throngs of tourists who come for the festivities, the   Pescaíto both from La Carihuela and Bajondillo-Playamar
                                 Fair has managed to keep its undeniable Andalusian          is star dish in the district. Its quality is based on the way in
                                 character; even more so in recent years due to the firm     which the fish is fried. However, it has managed to cross
                                 decision and efforts made not to lose local traditions.     borders and has become Torremolinos's most sought-after
                                                                                             and well-known culinary treat. In addition to this specialty,
                                 The town also gets turned upside down on the first          the town offers an extremely varied selection of local and
                                 Thursday of September, Tourist Day. Starting several        international cuisine in its over 250 restaurants, with a wide
                                 years ago as way of thanking visitors who choose            variety of prices.
                                 Torremolinos as their vacation spot, it features



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                                 LEISURE
                                 The Aquapark water park (C/ Cuba, 10. Tel.: 902 114 996)
                                 is an excellent complement to the beach for many visitors.
                                 Every water park attraction you can imagine can be found
                                 within its 70,000 m2 of recreational space, including
                                 everything from the 24m high "kamikaze" waterslide, to the
                                 pirate boat, the castle, the water dart, or waterfalls, rapids,
                                 Jacuzzis, mini-golf and extensive gardens of trees and
                                 vegetation where a pleasant day can be enjoyed by adults
                                 and children alike.

                                 The recently inaugurated Parque Cocodrilos (C/ Cuba, 14.
                                 Tel.: 639 169 347) covers 16,000 m2 .It features a bamboo
                                 forest, whose specimens were brought from Malaysia and
                                 Borneo, a large 6,000 m2 lake with five small crocodile
                                 islands, a monkey shelter, a museum, a film screen, and a
                                 viewpoint area. Visitors can see more than 300 different
                                 crocodiles, South American caimans and American
                                 alligators.




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                                                            index . Torrox                                                TOURIST BOARD &
                                                                                                                         CONVENTION BUREAU



                                                                                                            Málaga, Sun and Sand

                                                                                   Torrox is located in the south of the Axarquía region, at
                                                                             the foot of the Tejeda and Almijara mountain ranges. The
                                                                         district features 9 km of sandy beaches next to Torrox Costa
                                                                       and El Morche.


                                                                .    Calaceite

                                                            .    El Cenicero

                                                        .   El Morche

                                                       .    El Peñoncillo

                                                        .       Ferrara / Los Lindes

                                                            .    Mazagarrobo

                                                                 .    Wilches




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  c     ALACEITE BEACH                                                                                         Torrox

                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This quiet beach, which runs along the national highway, doesn't
                                                                   have apartment buildings and is protected by a massif of rolling
                                                                   mountains.

                                                                   Type of beach: isolated
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 30 m
                                                                   Length: 400 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: low

         District: Torrox                                          Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         Town: Torrox
                                                                   Nude beach: no

                                                                   Facilities and services: rubbish bins, parking lot, cleaning service,
                                                                   security surveillance.

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  e     L CENICERO BEACH                                                                                       Torrox
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   El Cenicero beach is located near Morche. About 1,200 m long and
                                                                   40 m wide, it has some green areas and a moderate swell. It offers
                                                                   a number of services and features walkways for easy access. The
                                                                   beach can get fairly busy at times. It features a parking lot (without
                                                                   security surveillance) for about 50 cars.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 40 m
                                                                   Length: 1,200 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                   Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

         District: Torrox                                          Nude beach: no
         Town: Torrox
                                                                   Facilities and services: security, toilets, showers, public
                                                                   telephone, rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and
                                                                   beach chair hire, nautical equipment hire, kiosk, parking lot.



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  e     L MORCHE BEACH                                                                                        Torrox
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  A large area full of greenhouses parallels this beach, which is more
                                                                  than 1 km long and quite wide. The high quality of its sand and
                                                                  waters has earned the beach the blue flag and has contributed to
                                                                  the spread of residential developments nearby.

                                                                  Type of beach: urban
                                                                  Blue flag: yes, since 2006

                                                                  Width: 40 m
                                                                  Length: 1,200 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: high

                                                                  Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

                                                                  Nude beach: no
         District: Torrox
         Town: Torrox                                             Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                  umbrella hire, showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot,
                                                                  promenade, cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                  surveillance, children's area.



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  p      EÑONCILLO BEACH                                                                                       Torrox
                                                                    Description:
                                                                    This very long beach is found right next to Torrox. The main
                                                                    attraction here is the lack of apartment buildings and low occupancy
                                                                    level throughout the summer.

                                                                    Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                    Blue flag: no

                                                                    Width: 30 m
                                                                    Length: 1,400 m
                                                                    Surface material: sand
                                                                    Sand colour: dark

                                                                    Swell: moderate
                                                                    Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                    Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

         District: Torrox                                           Nude beach: no
         Town: Torrox
                                                                    Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                    umbrella hire, beach bar (open all year round), showers, rubbish
                                                                    bins, parking lot, cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                    surveillance.

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  f   ERRARA - LOS LINDES BEACH                                                                                Torrox
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This long beach offers a wide variety of services and has been
                                                                   included in the accessibility plan. It is usually quite busy, families
                                                                   being the more frequent users. Located in an area of intensive
                                                                   development, it also features a beachfront promenade, and access
                                                                   to the beach is very well marked. A parking lot (without security
                                                                   surveillance) for approximately 100 cars is also available here.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: yes, since 2006

                                                                   Width: 30 m
                                                                   Length: 1,200 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

                                                                   Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         District: Torrox
         Town: Torrox                                              Nude beach: no

                                                                   Facilities and services: disabled access, security surveillance,
                                                                   toilets, showers, public telephone, rubbish bins, cleaning service,
                                                                   beach umbrella and beach chair hire, nautical equipment hire,
                                                                   kiosk, parking lot.
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  m         AZAGARROBO BEACH                                                                                Torrox
                                                                Description:
                                                                This is a narrow beach -less than 20 m wide-, next to the N-340
                                                                highway, is connected with Peñoncillo Beach. It is a dark-sand
                                                                beach featuring areas with vegetation, and generally has moderate
                                                                swell and is not crowded. Although it doesn't stand out for its array
                                                                of services, it has rubbish bins and offers cleaning service. There is
                                                                also parking (without security surveillance) available.

                                                                Type of beach: isolated
                                                                Blue flag: no

                                                                Width: 20 m
                                                                Length: 1,200 m
                                                                Surface material: sand
                                                                Sand colour: dark

                                                                Swell: moderate
                                                                Level of occupancy: low

                                                                Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         District: Torrox
         Town: Torrox                                           Nude beach: no

                                                                Facilities and services: rubbish bins, cleaning service, parking lot.




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  w       ILCHES BEACH                                                                                         Torrox
                                                                  Description:
                                                                  This is a small and quite isolated beach located next to road N-340.
                                                                  There are very few people here, in spite of the fact that it does
                                                                  provide basic services like showers, beach umbrella and beach
                                                                  chair hire. It is easily accessible on foot but also features a parking
                                                                  area.

                                                                  Type of beach: isolated
                                                                  Blue flag: no

                                                                  Width: 20 m
                                                                  Length: 150 m
                                                                  Surface material: sand
                                                                  Sand colour: dark

                                                                  Swell: moderate
                                                                  Level of occupancy: low

                                                                  Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

         District: Torrox                                         Nude beach: no
         Town: Torrox
                                                                  Facilities and services: easy access, showers, public telephone,
                                                                  rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and beach chair
                                                                  hire, kiosk, parking lot.



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                                                                  USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                                  Surface area: 50 km2
                                                                  Population: about 17,000
                                                                  Name given to the local people: torroxeños Nickname: hocicones
                                                                  Location: Torrox is located in the southern part of the Axarquía region, at
                                                                  the foot of the Tejeda and Almijara mountain ranges. The town is 145 m
                                                                  above sea level, 40 km from Málaga City and 20 km from Vélez-Málaga.
                                                                  Average rainfall in the region is 530 l/m2 and the average annual
                                                                  temperature is about 19º C.
                                                                  What to see: The Torrox Lighthouse Roman Archaeological Site (Roman
                                                                  villa, baths, necropolis, etc.), Parish Church of Nuestra Señora de la
                                                                  Encarnación (Our Lady of the Incarnation), Chapel and Convent of Nuestra
                                                                  Señora de las Nieves (Our Lady of the Snows), Church of San Roque, Casa
                                                                  de la Moneda.
                                                                  Tourist Information: Town Hall, Plaza de la Constitución, 1 (29770). Tel.:
                                                                  95 253 82 00; fax: 95 253 81 00. Tourist Office: Centro Internacional, Block

                                         Torrox                   769, ground floor (29793). Tel.: 95 253 21 55; fax: 95 353 02 25.


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                                   The rugged landscape of the area seems to be in open           Without any doubt, though, there is evidence of Roman
                                 opposition to uniformity, greeting visitors with an endless      presence. In the area known as Faro (Lighthouse) or
                                 succession of gullies and hills. Since it is near the sea, the   Punta de Torrox, remains have been found from the
                                 terrain doesn't reach high elevations, and Cocoja Hill and       ancient city of Caviclum, believed to have been
                                 the Rábita de Torrox -its highest peaks, 700 m high- are         established in the first century and to have remained
                                 blanketed with lowland vegetation.                               active until at least the eighth century. And it was in this
                                                                                                  century that the Umayyad Abd-ar-Rahman settled in
                                 The Torrox Stream, also called the Patalamara, De la Plata       Torrox, after having landed at Almuñécar. Some time
                                 or Argentino by the local people, flows southwards across        later, he was to establish an independent Caliphate in
                                 the district. The stream's water is put to maximum use for       Córdoba.
                                 irrigation purposes before it empties into the sea at Punta
                                 de Torrox. The district boasts 9 km of sandy beaches next        Some historians have identified Torrox as Hisn Turrus,
                                 to Torrox Costa and El Morche.                                   the place where Abd-ar-Rahman III defeated Umar Ibn
                                                                                                  Hafsun -who had become the leader of the rebels in the
                                 Cultivation fields dominate the countryside, whose slopes        provinces to the south and west of the Caliphate of
                                 made it necessary to set terraces so as to extend the            Córdoba- in 914. Then, Torrox became a jurisdiction
                                 surface area of arable land. These terraces have become          under Frigiliana's domination. During the long period of
                                 a defining feature of the landscape in the area and are          Muslim rule, the village was an important producer of
                                 ideal for the cultivation of subtropical fruit.                  silk and white mulberry trees were grown in its fertile
                                                                                                  meadows.
                                 In Los Casarones, about 2 km north of the town, a Neolithic
                                 polished axe was found, attesting to the presence of             The conquest of Vélez by Christian troops in 1487 dealt
                                 human settlers in the area back in that period. Later, the       such a blow to the region that many towns gave
                                 Carthaginians or Phoenicians probably settled in the area,       themselves over without resistance to avoid further
                                 an assumption based on the fact that the archaeological          bloodshed. Torrox surrendered on 29 April, 1487, just
                                 sites of Trayamar and Mezquitilla, in Algarrobo Costa, are       two days after Vélez was recaptured by the Christians.
                                 located near Los Casarones, but this is only a hypothesis,
                                 since no other remains have yet been discovered in the           In 1488, however, the Moorish leader El Zagal,
                                 district.                                                        recaptured the village for the Muslim cause, though he


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                                 only held it for a few months before it once again fell to   up the village castle. Some decades later, however, the
                                 the Christians.                                              region saw an unexpected economic boom. Records
                                                                                              indicate that at that time the town boasted two olive oil
                                 When a Moorish rebellion took place in 1568, about half      mills, two pottery factories, three flour mills, and a
                                 of the population was made up of Old Christians and          brandy distillery, as well as the sugar refinery belonging
                                 the rest, of Moors, many of whom took part in the            to the Larios family.
                                 insurrection at Peñón de Frigiliana. Through 1571, at
                                 least twenty two Moors who were dwelling in Torrox
                                 were tried by the Tribunal of the Holy Office in Granada,
                                 and documents relate how members of the Quilat family
                                 were burned at the stake, accused of continuing to
                                 follow the principles of the Islamic faith. The
                                 enthusiastic participation of the local Moors in the
                                 uprising led to a brutal repression by the Christian
                                 rulers, followed by the Moors' abandonment of the eight
                                 Arab towns within the district: Alhandiga, Almeida,
                                 Arcos Benamayor, Cajauja, Lautín, Lugarejo and
                                 Periana (not the present-day Periana). During the
                                 eighteenth century, the town's economy was based on
                                 sugar cane production and more than eighty percent of
                                 the arable land in the region was used to growing it,
                                 and there were two sugar refineries. The ruins of the
                                 Torrox lighthouse were discovered in 1773, a time when       HOW TO GET THERE
                                 the town had a population of about 3,000.                    On the Autovía del Mediterráneo (A-7; N-340), in the
                                                                                              section between Vélez-Málaga and Nerja, the exit to
                                 At the dawn of the nineteenth century, in 1804, an           Torrox is clearly indicated; no further turn-offs are
                                 epidemic of yellow fever decimated Torrox population.        necessary.
                                 A few years later, Napoleon's troops occupied the town,
                                 and in 1812 they took their leave of Torrox by blowing


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                                 WHAT TO SEE                                                     In the sixteenth century, Franciscan monks founded the
                                 Set on a hilltop, Torrox had to adapt to the uneven             Chapel and Convent of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves
                                 terrain in an almost whimsical fashion. The uniform             (Our Lady of the Snows). The church is laid-out in the
                                 whitewash of the houses is highlighted by the splashes          form of a Latin cross with naves and side chapels, a
                                 of colour offered by their flowerpots, and the hidden           presbytery, a choir, and a belfry. It also features an
                                 nooks and crannies of the old quarter can take visitors         exceptional Mudéjar coffered ceiling. The convent,
                                 back to the time when the Moors used to live here.              adjoining the chapel, consists of two levels. It has a
                                                                                                 cloister, an interior courtyard and stables. The cloister
                                 The historical importance of the Roman archaeological           rooms were used in the nineteenth century as storage
                                 site at the Faro de Torrox (Torrox Lighthouse) makes it         space for fruit, and later served as barracks for the Civil
                                 a must see. Several historians agree that this was the          Guard, a function they held until the 1970s.
                                 site of the city of Mansio Caviclum cited in Antonine's
                                 "Itinerary". It is a big settlement which was active from       The Church of San Roque, not presently used for
                                 the first through the fourth century. A villa, a fish salting   religious celebrations, was built in Neomudéjar style on
                                 factory, baths, an oven and a necropolis have been              top of a building originally constructed in the sixteenth
                                 found.                                                          century. It consists of a single nave with the main
                                                                                                 chapel topped by a semicircular vault. Its brick exterior,
                                 One of the highlights within Torrox is the Church of            painted in a rather inappropriate red, features an airy
                                 Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación (Our Lady of the               belfry.
                                 Incarnation), whose original building was erected in the
                                 seventeenth century on top of an old mosque. The                The town houses other interesting historic buildings,
                                 church, which underwent reconstruction in 1889, has a           such as the Palacio de la Aduana (Customs Hall), also
                                 floor-plan in the shape of a Latin cross composed of            known as Casa de la Moneda. Situated on Baja St., it
                                 three naves. The main chapel is covered by a barrel             dates from the eighteenth century and later it was
                                 vault, while the side vaults are oval. Rising above the         converted into a private residence. The nineteenth-
                                 exterior is a square tower divided into three sections,         century palace that today houses the Cultural Centre
                                 the last of which is capped with a pyramidal spire.             (Casa de la Hoya)lodged Alfonso XII when he came to
                                                                                                 the town in 1885.



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                                 FIESTAS                                                      In May, the "Cruces" (Crosses) are celebrated. The
                                 The October Fair (from 4 to 8 October) kicks off with a      crosses here are adorned with flowerpots and not just
                                 parade by the students at the Municipal Academy of           flowers, a peculiarity of this festival in Torrox. An
                                 Music, who are followed by a procession of cabezudos         amazing variety of decorations are placed on the main
                                 (a kind of Carnival figures with a large head) and           stepped altar, though the most impressive are the
                                 giants. In the evening, the lights are turned on at the      embroidered shawls and lace doilies. The altars are
                                 fairgrounds. The public can enjoy musical                    normally placed in the courtyards and the festivities,
                                 performances and participate in sports activities, but       during which traditional food is served, are organised
                                 the emotional highlight of the celebrations occurs when      around them.
                                 the images of the town's Patrons, Nuestra Señora de
                                 las Nieves and San Roque, are carried from the Parish        St. John's Eve (23 June) is of special significance in
                                 Church to the Saint's Chapel, a journey that takes place     Torrox. The traditional burning of the júas, the bonfire
                                 to the accompaniment of a prolonged fireworks display.       jumping, and a series of other rituals all come together
                                                                                              with water playing a central role. The rituals are almost
                                 El Morche celebrates its big day, on 15 August, as a         always aimed at discovering whether amorous
                                 tribute to Virgen del Carmen. The celebration was            relationships will have a happy ending or not.
                                 moved back from 16 July to August because during the
                                 latter more tourists are likely to come. Fishing contests,   On the Sunday before Christmas Day, Torrox is literally
                                 musical performances and, of course, a sea procession        invaded by thousands of out-of-town visitors who come
                                 of the Virgin are all part of the festivities.               to celebrate the Migas Day (migas is a typical dish
                                                                                              made with breadcrumbs), without a doubt the town's
                                 As to the Carnival celebration, it has become quite          most outstanding celebration. Parades, folk music,
                                 popular in the town, and today is one of the festivals       fandangos and other traditional performances serve as
                                 that draw the highest numbers of participants. The           a backdrop to the frantic activity that takes place when
                                 amusing and fiercely-contested street musician and           the people of the town start preparing their famous
                                 parade competitions are followed with great interest by      specialty: migas. Migas are then eaten with true delight
                                 the local people, who also take part in the street           by the thousands in attendance at this grand festival, in
                                 parades.                                                     which the locals show their kind hospitality.



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                                 FOOD                                                               CELEBRITIES
                                 Migas are, of course, the town's most popular and                  Al-Mansur or Almanzor, whose full name was Muhammad
                                 traditional dish, whose list of ingredients is surprisingly        ibn Abu 'Amir al-Mansur, was born in Torrox in 939,
                                 short and simple: flour, garlic, olive oil, pork scratchings,      according to some historians, right in the town castle.
                                 bacon, and know-how on the part of the cook! Despite the           Serving as Regent of Seville and Chief of the Armies, he
                                 simplicity of the recipe, the resulting dish is exquisite and is   conquered Zamora and León and on, 3 July, 997, Santiago
                                 often accompanied by an equally famous salad made with             de Compostela -a city in which he showed respect only for
                                 bacalao (codfish), olives, chives, orange and olive oil. The       the tomb of the apostle, to which he assigned a special
                                                                                                    guard. Using captive Christians to transport them, he sent
                                                                                                    the bells of the cathedral and the gates of the city to
                                                                                                    Córdoba, where they were placed in the mosque as
                                                                                                    trophies. This would all prove to be a work in vain, as,
                                                                                                    years later, Ferdinand III, the Saint, returned the objects to
                                                                                                    their rightful owner, Santiago, and he used captive Muslims
                                                                                                    to transport them! According to some chroniclers,
                                                                                                    Almanzor became overly proud and he was defeated by
                                                                                                    Christian troops in the Battle of Calatañazor in 998. He
                                                                                                    died in Medinaceli in 1002.

                                 star dish at Christmastime is the traditional Christmas
                                 vegetable soup, while garlic and bread soups and pumpkin
                                 stews are popular throughout the year. In summer,
                                 gazpacho and ajoblanco (both are chilled vegetable soups)
                                 are commonly eaten, and in coastal areas fish brochettes
                                 are very popular. With respect to sweets, special mention
                                 must be made of the arropia, a candy whose recipe was
                                 passed down by the Arabs, made with honey. Hornazos
                                 (rolls) on St John's Day, and roscos (rolls), at
                                 Christmastime, round out the typical Torrox pastries menu.


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                                                          index . Vélez-Málaga
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                                                                                                   Málaga, Sun and Sand
                                                                                  The district of Vélez-Málaga is the largest and
                                                                            most populated in the Axarquía region, with the River
                                                                      Vélez basin -formed by the Benamargosa and Guaro
                                                                   watersheds- making up most of its land area. The district
                                                                consists of several urban areas, including Torre del Mar (the most
                                                              developed and popular with tourists), Benajarafe, Triana, Trapiche,
                                                            Almayate (Bajo and Alto), Cajiz and Chilches, among others. There
                                                          are also numerous holiday developments along the coast and scattered
                                                         farmhouses in the interior part of the region.

                                                        . Almayate
                                                       . Bajamar
                                                       . Benajarafe
                                                       . Chilches
                                                        . La Caleta
                                                         . Las Arenas
                                                          . Pijil / Lagos
                                                            . Torre del Mar
                                                               . Valle Niza


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  a      LMAYATE BEACH                                                                     M
                                                                                     Vélez-Málaga
                                                                       Description:
                                                                       Almayate doesn't feature apartment buildings and is set against a
                                                                       beautiful backdrop of fertile farmlands that stretch right up to the
                                                                       sand. It is located very close to Torre del Mar and Almayate Bajo.

                                                                       Type of beach: isolated
                                                                       Blue flag: no

                                                                       Width: 30 m
                                                                       Length: 2,800 m
                                                                       Surface material: sand
                                                                       Sand colour: dark

                                                                       Swell: moderate
                                                                       Level of occupancy: low

                                                                       Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         District: Vélez-Málaga
         Town: Almayate Bajo - Vélez-Málaga                            Nude beach: no

                                                                       Facilities and services: showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins,
                                                                       parking lot, cleaning service, security surveillance.



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  b      AJAMAR BEACH                                                                  M
                                                                                 Vélez-Málaga
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This beach is about 800 m long but is rather narrow, its average
                                                                   width being only 25 m. It offers few services and is only accessible
                                                                   by car. The swell here is usually moderate and the beach has
                                                                   vegetation. There is a parking lot (without security surveillance).

                                                                   Type of beach: isolated
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 25 m
                                                                   Length: 800 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: low

         District: Vélez-Málaga                                    Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         Town: Vélez-Málaga
                                                                   Nude beach: no

                                                                   Facilities and services: cleaning service, parking lot.



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  b      ENAJARAFE BEACH                                                                   M
                                                                                     Vélez-Málaga
                                                                      Description:
                                                                      Benajarafe beach is surrounded by residential areas made up of
                                                                      charming little garden houses, with a backdrop featuring a
                                                                      juxtaposition of steep and level terrain.

                                                                      Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                      Blue flag: no

                                                                      Width: 30 m
                                                                      Length: 1,600 m
                                                                      Surface material: sand
                                                                      Sand colour: dark

                                                                      Swell: moderate
                                                                      Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                      Nearest marina: El Candado Yacht Club

                                                                      Nude beach: no
         District: Vélez-Málaga
         Town: Benajarafe - Vélez-Málaga                              Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                      umbrella hire, showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, parking lot,
                                                                      cleaning service, public telephone.




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  c     HILCHES BEACH                                                                   M
                                                                                  Vélez-Málaga
                                                                    Description:
                                                                    Surrounded by hills, the great charm of this extensive beach is its
                                                                    cosy location and perfect climate.

                                                                    Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                    Blue flag: no

                                                                    Width: 25 m
                                                                    Length: 2,500 m
                                                                    Surface material: sand
                                                                    Sand colour: dark

                                                                    Swell: moderate
                                                                    Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                    Nearest marina: El Candado Yacht Club

                                                                    Nude beach: no
         District: Vélez-Málaga
         Town: Chilches - Vélez-Málaga                              Facilities and services: beach chair and beach umbrella hire,
                                                                    toilets, showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins, cleaning service,
                                                                    public telephone, security surveillance.




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  l   A CALETA BEACH                                                                    M
                                                                                  Vélez-Málaga
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   This beach, included in the accessibility plan, is located next to the
                                                                   port of La Caleta de Vélez. It is about 1 km long and tends to be
                                                                   very crowded. A wide range of services is offered here and the
                                                                   beach is disabled accessible, though it lacks boardwalks on the
                                                                   beach. There is also a parking lot (without security surveillance).

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 30 m
                                                                   Length: 1,000 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: high

                                                                   Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

         District: Vélez-Málaga                                    Nude beach: no
         Town: Vélez-Málaga
                                                                   Facilities and services: disabled access, showers, public
                                                                   telephone, rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach umbrella and
                                                                   beach chair hire, nautical sports equipment hire, kiosk, parking lot,
                                                                   yacht club.

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  l   AS ARENAS BEACH                                                                   M
                                                                                  Vélez-Málaga
                                                                   Description:
                                                                   Las Arenas, which comprises part of Torre del Mar beach at its
                                                                   eastern end, can get fairly busy and the swell level here is generally
                                                                   moderate. It features dark sand and offers a wide range of services
                                                                   including a tourist office and a parking lot (without security
                                                                   surveillance). Although it is included in the plan for improved
                                                                   access, it does not have boardwalks to the beach.

                                                                   Type of beach: urban
                                                                   Blue flag: no

                                                                   Width: 30 m
                                                                   Length: 1,300 m
                                                                   Surface material: sand
                                                                   Sand colour: dark

                                                                   Swell: moderate
                                                                   Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                   Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         District: Vélez-Málaga
         Town: Vélez-Málaga                                        Nude beach: no

                                                                   Facilities and services: disabled access, security, toilets,
                                                                   showers, public telephone, rubbish bins, cleaning service, beach
                                                                   umbrella and beach chair hire, nautical sports equipment hire,
                                                                   parking lot.
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  p      IJIL - LAGOS BEACH                                                               M
                                                                                    Vélez-Málaga
                                                                     Description:
                                                                     This 1-km-long beach is located in Lagos. Consisting of a narrow
                                                                     sandy stretch, it offers practically no services, but it can get fairly
                                                                     busy at times. Not very well signposted, it is only accessible by car.
                                                                     It has a parking lot (without security surveillance).

                                                                     Type of beach: semi-urban
                                                                     Blue flag: no

                                                                     Width: 5 m
                                                                     Length: 1,000 m
                                                                     Surface material: gravel, sand
                                                                     Sand colour: dark

                                                                     Swell: moderate
                                                                     Level of occupancy: medium

                                                                     Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         District: Vélez-Málaga
         Town: Vélez-Málaga                                          Nude beach: no

                                                                     Facilities and services: parking lot.




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  t   ORRE DEL MAR BEACH                                                                   M
                                                                                     Vélez-Málaga
                                                                       Description:
                                                                       This is a very long beach located in Torre del Mar. Many apartment
                                                                       buildings stand alongside the beachfront promenade. The farmland
                                                                       situated right next to the sea offers a natural counterpoint to the
                                                                       high buildings.

                                                                       Type of beach: urban
                                                                       Blue flag: no

                                                                       Width: 40 m
                                                                       Length: 2,000 m
                                                                       Surface material: sand
                                                                       Sand colour: dark

                                                                       Swell: moderate
                                                                       Level of occupancy: high

                                                                       Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez

                                                                       Nude beach: no
         District: Vélez-Málaga
         Town:Torre del Mar - Vélez-Málaga                             Facilities and services: disabled access, beach chair and beach
                                                                       umbrella hire, toilets, showers, lifeguard station, rubbish bins,
                                                                       parking lot, promenade, cleaning service, public telephone, security
                                                                       surveillance.



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  v    ALLE NIZA BEACH                                                                  M
                                                                                  Vélez-Málaga
                                                                    Description:
                                                                    This is a dark-sand beach located next to Benajarafe Beach, along
                                                                    with which it forms an extensive stretch of beach. It is only
                                                                    accessible by car and has some areas with vegetation. The swell
                                                                    level is generally moderate. Although there are beach umbrellas
                                                                    and beach chairs for hire, Valle Niza Beach does not offer many
                                                                    other services.

                                                                    Type of beach: isolated
                                                                    Blue flag: no

                                                                    Width: 25 m
                                                                    Length: 2,400 m

                                                                    Surface material: sand
                                                                    Sand colour: dark
                                                                    Swell: moderate
                                                                    Level of occupancy: low

                                                                    Nearest marina: La Caleta de Vélez
         District: Vélez-Málaga
         Town: Vélez-Málaga                                         Nude beach: no

                                                                    Facilities and services: security, cleaning service, beach
                                                                    umbrella and beach chair hire, nautical sports equipment hire,
                                                                    kiosk, parking lot.

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                                                            USEFUL INFORMATION

                                                            Surface area: 156 Km2.
                                                            Population: over 60,000
                                                            Name given to the local people: veleños
                                                            Location: Vélez-Málaga is the capital of the Axarquía region. The town is
                                                            60 m above sea level and about 28 km from Málaga City. The average
                                                            rainfall is 470 l/m2, and the average annual temperature is approximately
                                                            18º C.
                                                            What to see: Real Convento de Santiago or San Francisco (Royal Convent
                                                            of St James or St Francis), Palacio de Beniel (Beniel Palace), Casa de
                                                            Cervantes (House of Cervantes), Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (Our
                                                            Lady of Good Remedy) Chapel, Cruz del Arrabal (El Arrabal Cross), San
                                                            Sebastián Chapel, Church of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist), the
                                                            old granary, Fountain of Ferdinand VI, Virgen de la Piedad (Our Lady of
                                                            Mercy) Chapel, Nuestra Señora de Gracia Monastery; Monastery of Jesus,
                                                            Mary and Joseph, medieval walls, Puerta Real de la Villa (Royal Gate),
                                                            Santa María de la Encarnación (Our Lady of the Incarnation) Church,
                                                            Fortress (Alcazaba), San Juan de Dios or San Marcos Hospital, Cruz del
                                                            Cordero (Cross of the Lamb).
                                                            Tourist Information: Town Hall, Plaza de las Carmelitas, s/n (29700). Tel.:
                                                            95 255 91 00; fax: 95 250 46 16. Tourist Office: Avenida de Andalusia (Torre

                         M
                   Vélez-Málaga                             del Mar). Tel.: 95 245 11 04.


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                                   Vélez-Málaga is the largest and most populated district        transportation via the Boquete de Zafarraya into the interior
                                 of the Axarquía region. The River Vélez River -formed by         of the Axarquía region was relatively easy.
                                 the Benamargosa and Guaro watersheds- makes up most
                                 of its land area. These watercourses irrigate an extensive,      At the foot of the Toscanos hill, right next to the former inlet
                                 fertile lowland though, on the whole, the region displays the    (nowadays covered by mud), a storehouse was found
                                 typical more arid landscape features of the Axarquía             containing Phoenician, Greek and Etruscan pottery, an
                                 region, with much of its terrain situated at moderate            evidence of the trading activity of the enclave at Toscanos.
                                 elevations (the highest point is Veas, on the eastern slope,     A population of about 1,500 has been estimated, quite
                                 703 m above sea level). Due to its large size (it covers one-    large for that period. Some historians believe that this
                                 seventh of the region of Axarquía) and to the fact that it       settlement could have been the ancient city of Mainake,
                                 contains the most fertile lands in the region, the district of   founded by the Greeks.
                                 Vélez-Málaga includes several populated areas, including
                                 Torre del Mar (the most highly developed and popular with        Remains of smelting furnaces and metal shavings have
                                 tourists), Benajarafe, Triana, Trapiche, Almayate (Bajo and      been found in the nearby Peñón hill, confirming the
                                 Alto), Cajiz and Chilches, among others. There are also          existence of industrial activity in the area. A little further to
                                 numerous holiday apartment buildings on the coast and            the north, at the Alarcón hill, a rectangular building has
                                 scattered farmhouses in the interior. In fact, the city of       been discovered that might very well have been a fortress,
                                 Vélez-Málaga only makes up half of the district's total          while at Cerro del Mar, more than 30 graves dating from
                                 population.                                                      the seventh century BC have also been excavated. In
                                                                                                  addition, the Jardin Necropolis, with more than 100 tombs
                                 This chief district of the Axarquía region -a name derived       dating from the sixth to the fourth centuries BC is located
                                 from the Arabian word "as-Sarqiyya" meaning Orient or the        just to the north of Toscanos.
                                 eastern side)- has a long and eventful history that begins
                                 with the first Phoenician settlements on the Toscanos hill -     At Cerro del Mar -the ancient maritime city of Maenoba,
                                 on the right bank of the River Vélez- around the eighth          located opposite Toscanos- research has confirmed the
                                 century BC. In ancient times, the mouth of the River Vélez       existence of an industrial fish salting factory which was
                                 formed an inlet between the Peñón and the Mar hills, which       used predominately for the production of garum, a kind of
                                 served as an anchoring spot for ships. From there,               sauce originally introduced by the Phoenicians that
                                                                                                  enjoyed great popularity among the Romans.


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                                 Yet, the city of Vélez-Málaga proper wasn't founded until         time he was approaching Vélez-Málaga, he had an army of
                                 the tenth century AD, when the Muslims settled around the         about 50,000 men on foot and 12,000 on horseback,
                                 fortress. Later, the town spread quickly over towards the La      according to the accounts of Hernando del Pulgar, who
                                 Villa district, the heart of the old Arab medina. Between the     chronicled the Conquest of Granada. Meanwhile, the
                                 eighth and fifteenth centuries, this medina was one of the        fortress at Bentomiz, practically the only place from which
                                 most important in the Nasrid Kingdom. It was not a very big       Vélez-Málaga could expect any help, surrendered to the
                                 city but it was very well fortified and defended by a solid set   Christian troops. In spite of El Zagal's attempts, setting out
                                 of walls. As the number of inhabitants increased, the walls       from Granada to aid the town, Vélez-Málaga had no other
                                 were no longer able to accommodate the entire population          option but to give up.
                                 and some neighbourhoods were set up on the outskirts, on
                                 what today are the district of Arroyo de San Sebastián and        Eventually, on 26 April, 1487, the city's last Muslim Mayor,
                                 the San Francisco and Constitución Plazas.                        Abul Cacim Venegas, sent an envoy to agree to the
                                                                                                   conditions of surrender, and on the following day, Vélez-
                                 There is evidence that several rural settlements -whose           Málaga capitulated. The Muslims were even forced to
                                 inhabitants engaged in farming activities- existed in the         prepare the city for the arrival of Ferdinand and Isabella,
                                 area as early as the thirteenth century, including those at       which took place on 3 May.
                                 Almayate, Benamocarra, Benajarafe, Iznate and Cajiz, to
                                 name just a few. These would eventually go on to become           The town's new governors wanted to make Vélez-Málaga
                                 the towns bearing the same name. The importance of                distinct from what it had looked like under Muslim rule.
                                 Vélez-Málaga between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries          With this aim in mind, they began an architectural
                                 is reflected in the accounts by El Idrisi, Abulfida, Ibn Batuta   renovation that included a new arrangement of public
                                 and Abd al-Basit, an Egyptian historian who, in the middle        spaces and the construction of civil and religious buildings.
                                 of the fifteenth century, made reference to the trading           Their plan was hindered by the uneven terrain, so the
                                 activity at the port of Mariyya Ballis (Torre del Mar).           effects of the urban renovation were only seen in a few
                                                                                                   public spaces (Plaza de la Constitución and the San
                                 Vélez-Málaga's fortunes changed when Ferdinand the                Francisco district), some mansions belonging to noblemen,
                                 Catholic left Córdoba in April 1487, heading towards the          and some churches and convents. This is why the
                                 Axarquía to recapture its capital city. Many townspeople          sixteenth century would be remembered for the
                                 and nobles joined his entourage along the way and, by the         construction of new religious buildings.


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                                 A similar urban planning policy was followed in the               ideas of the Enlightenment even began to arrive, mainly
                                 seventeenth century, and more churches and convents               brought by the Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País
                                 were erected. So much so, that some have called Vélez-            (Economic Society of Friends of the Country), established
                                 Málaga "the City of Convents." This phenomenon wasn't             in 1783.
                                 exclusive to Vélez-Málaga though; it was also witnessed
                                 by many Andalusian towns, and the largest public plazas           The following century began with a bad omen though: a
                                 came to serve as celebration areas for important religious        bubonic plague outbreak in 1804 decimated the population
                                 manifestations like Holy Week or Corpus Christi.                  (it claimed the lives of more than fifty percent of the town's
                                                                                                   inhabitants). The town council also suffered the
                                 Meanwhile, the port of Torre del Mar enjoyed such a               consequences of the epidemic and a military man had to
                                 trading boom that its expansion was proposed in the               take the local government into his hands. Following the
                                 eighteenth century to improve grape and citrus exports to         invasion of Napoleon's forces, a government sympathetic
                                 the north of Europe. During the War of the Spanish                to the French principles came to power, which divided the
                                 Succession, Vélez-Málaga supported the Bourbon dynasty            population into the two sides that would fight over the
                                 and the naval battle, called by some the Battle of Málaga,        government of the town throughout the nineteenth century.
                                 and by others, the Battle of Vélez-Málaga, took place just        Several epidemics of cholera followed, the phylloxera
                                 off the coast of the city. This historic event took place on 23   infection destroyed the vineyards, and an earthquake in
                                 August, 1704, when the French-Spanish fleet, which lost           1884 capped off a disastrous century. The only positive
                                 1,500 men in the battle, confronted the Anglo-Dutch fleet,        factor was the expansion of sugar cane cultivation fields
                                 which lost 3,000. A total of 146 ships, 3,577 cannons and         fostered by the Larios family.
                                 more than 46,000 men took part in the fighting. Historians
                                 tend to believe the outcome of the battle didn't really favour    HOW TO GET THERE
                                 either side, although some studies suggest it was                 The Autovía del Mediterráneo (A-7; N-340) must be taken
                                 favourable to the French-Spanish coalition to some extent.        in the direction of Málaga when travelling from Nerja or
                                                                                                   Torrox, or in the direction of Motril-Almería from anywhere
                                 The eighteenth century was especially positive for the city,      else on the Costa del Sol. The old N-340 highway passes
                                 which grew in almost every aspect: churches and public            through the centre of Torre del Mar and from there, on to
                                 buildings were constructed or repaired, city infrastructure       Vélez-Málaga, a 4km stretch that is very well signposted.
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                                 The signs for the Vélez-Málaga highway exit off the             elements including garlands and fruits, mirrors, paintings
                                 Autovía del Mediterráneo are also very clear.                   and golden plasterwork. Only one of the original two
                                                                                                 cloisters remains, noteworthy for its arcades and Mudéjar
                                 WHAT TO SEE                                                     pillars.
                                 It is advisable to begin with a tour of the city's monuments.
                                 The old quarter was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in        The Beniel Palace is located quite close to the Franciscan
                                 1970. The area around the San Francisco Plaza, which            convent. It is without a doubt the town's most outstanding
                                 features a maze of streets and alleyways inherited from the     civil building. Its construction was ordered in the early
                                 Arabs, makes a good starting point. This district is also       seventeenth century by Don Alonso de Molina y Medrano,
                                 where the first examples of Vélez civil architecture stand,     who died before the work was completed. His nephews
                                 although the building around which this quarter was             inherited the building and, after being used for a variety of
                                 shaped is the Real Convento de Santiago (Royal Convent          different purposes, the Town Hall, for instance, for years
                                 of St James).                                                   now it has been home to the María Zambrano Foundation.
                                                                                                 The building's architecture is a hotchpotch of Mudéjar and
                                 In 1498, the Real Convento de Santiago, sometimes called        Mannerist styles with some Renaissance elements. Its
                                 "Convento de San Francisco", was established in a               interior is laid out around an elegant patio with arches
                                 mosque that Ferdinand and Isabella consecrated as a             resting atop Tuscan columns, while the exterior features a
                                 Parish Church. During the sixteenth and seventeenth             marble façade with the Molina Medrano family coats of
                                 centuries, it underwent such thorough refurbishing that         arms, cast iron balconies, and an upper gallery that
                                 nowadays the coffered ceilings in the cupola of the main        originally featured two towers.
                                 chapel are the only remains of the original Mudéjar church.
                                                                                                 From San Francisco Plaza, walking along San Francisco
                                 Actually, the building we can see today has resulted from       St., you will arrive at the House of Cervantes, a traditional
                                 renovations made in the eighteenth century. The highlight       mansion with a lintel above its entranceway and an inner
                                 of the interior is the Buen Pastor Chapel, currently            courtyard featuring a gallery of triple pointed semicircular
                                 occupied by the Cofradía de la Caridad (Fraternity of           arches on top of brick columns. Tradition holds that Miguel
                                 Charity). The chapel is actually like a small church within     de Cervantes stayed in this house in 1591 when he came
                                 the main one, since it has a nave, a choir, a presbytery and    to Vélez-Málaga as a tax collector. Fray Alonso de Santo
                                 a cupola. It is extravagantly adorned with Baroque              Tomás, who is believed to be an illegitimate child of Philip


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                                 IV and who later was Bishop of Málaga, was born in this        King's attempted to capture the city. Whether the story is
                                 house in the seventeenth century.                              true or not, the Vélez-Málaga emblem portrays the scene,
                                                                                                with the story's protagonist appearing on the ground while
                                 On the south-western side of the Beniel Palace the Plaza       the King is defending him from atop his horse. All that
                                 de la Gloria opens up, from which the San Cristóbal hill can   remains of the chapel's original structure is a pointed arch
                                 be accessed. The Chapel of the Virgen de los Remedios          set on top of massive pillars in what was once the main
                                 (Our Lady of Good Remedy), the local Patron Virgin,            chapel. From the Cruz del Arrabal or from the House of
                                 nestles on the hill, which affords beautiful views of the      Cervantes, you can head to the Plaza de la Constitución,
                                 countryside. The chapel was built in the middle of the         known as the Plaza de San Juan, where the Church of San
                                 seventeenth century and was renovated later. Its floor-plan    Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist) lies. The Church of San
                                 is laid out in the shape of a Latin cross and its has barrel   Juan Bautista was founded by the Catholic Monarchs and
                                 vaulted naves. The chapel of the Virgin -whose floor is        subsequently enlarged in 1499 and in 1564. It features a
                                 square and whose walls and ceiling are richly ornamented       basilica plan, consisting of three naves with transepts;
                                 with Rococo work- houses murals depicting, among               however, only its imposing bell tower and part of the
                                 others, Philip V and Marie-Louise of Savoy.                    exterior still remain from the first Gothic-Mudéjar
                                                                                                construction. The church underwent a thorough renovation
                                 Returning to the House of Cervantes once again, you can        in 1853, which resulted in much of the intricate coffered
                                 then go down Cilla St., which leads to the Cruz del Arrabal    ceiling being covered with false vaults and the Gothic
                                 (El Arrabal Cross), a votive chapel dedicated to the Holy      arches transformed into round ones. The church's
                                 Cross and commemorating Ferdinand the Catholic's               dimensions are truly monumental and, although some of its
                                 entrance into the city on 3 May, 1487. It is a small shrine,   chapels are Baroque, its overall structure is quite classical.
                                 about 8 m tall, whose front opens in a round arch. The         Noteworthy are the paintings by the Vélez-born painter
                                 interior, crowned by a cupola, contains only a cross.          Francisco Hernández.

                                 From Cruz del Arrabal, Arroyo San Sebastián St. leads to       Located near the Church of San Juan is the building known
                                 the Chapel of San Sebastián, established in 1487 by            as the pósito, an old structure where they used to store
                                 Ferdinand and Isabella as a tribute to the royal stableman,    grain, mainly wheat. The pósito was erected in the middle
                                 Sebastián Fernández. The story goes that the man saved         of the eighteenth century, and consists of two stories: the
                                 Ferdinand's life in a battle against the Muslims while the     upper one was used as a granary and the lower one, as a


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                                 marketplace. Attached columns divide the façade into              pediment. The façade is surrounded by a gallery, which
                                 several sections. After a period in which it wasn't used, the     appears to have been used in religious processions. The
                                 building was converted into several houses by walling over        building is crowned by a small cupola, and the images of
                                 the arches. At present, it is unoccupied and awaiting             Nuestro Padre Jesús El Rico and Nuestra Señora de la
                                 renovation.                                                       Piedad have been added recently. From De las Tiendas
                                                                                                   St., you can take De las Monjas St., which leads to the
                                 The tour continues along De las Tiendas St., where the            Convent of Nuestra Señora de Gracia (Our Lady of Grace),
                                 perimeter of the old city walls can be observed. All that         better known as Las Clarisas. It was founded in 1503 in a
                                 remains of them now are a few fortified towers. Further           building that obviously was not big enough, since the
                                 ahead is the Fuente de Fernando VI (Ferdinand VI                  religious community later moved to its present building in
                                 Fountain), which was formerly located in the Plaza de San         1555. The new premises were renovated after the Lisbon
                                 Juan. Built of marble, it has four spouts of water spilling       earthquake in 1755, and the Andalusia earthquake in 1884,
                                 from the faces of mythological animals. The fountain bears        which seriously damaged the building.
                                 an inscription that reads: "Reinando la católica magestad
                                 del señor don Fernando el Sexto…1758." ("Reigning is his          The cloister and the church are the most interesting from
                                 Catholic Majesty the lord Don Ferdinand the Sixth…                an artistic perspective. The former, dating from the
                                 1758."). But there is one curious detail that throws doubts       sixteenth century, was built on a square floor, surrounded
                                 on the fountain's date -one of the coats of arms belongs to       by a two-level gallery with round arches resting atop a
                                 Philip II. This, along with its classical structure and certain   series of columns. It is, however, off-limits to visitors, as its
                                 decorative elements, points to the fact that it was designed      residents belong to a cloistered religious order. The
                                 in the sixteenth century rather than in the eighteenth            church, erected during the second half of the eighteenth
                                 century, during which the above mentioned inscription             century, is Baroque and, despite a simple architectural
                                 might have been added.                                            layout, its walls are adorned with a profusion of different
                                                                                                   decorative elements.
                                 Continuing down De las Tiendas St., you end up at the
                                 small plaza where you'll find the Chapel of the Virgen de la      Moving on to Plaza de las Carmelitas, one encounters the
                                 Piedad (Our Lady of Mercy). Built in the middle of the            Convent of Jesús, María y José, also called the Convent of
                                 eighteenth century, the chapel is framed by a huge round          the Carmelites since the nuns living there belong to the
                                 arch, flanked by Corinthian pilasters that support a curved       Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The convent building


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                                 comprises two parts: the church and the convent proper. In      rectangular brick tower accessed through round arches.
                                 its interior are two different courtyards: the Patio de las     After zigzagging north through this quarter -which was the
                                 Flores and the Patio Principal. The church was built            former town centre- you'll find the Church of Santa María
                                 between 1738 and 1745 and its façade is Mannerist,              de la Encarnación (Our Lady of the Incarnation).
                                 despite the fact that this style had fallen out of use in the
                                 early seventeenth century.                                      Also known as Santa María la Mayor (St Mary the Elder),
                                                                                                 the Church of Santa María de la Encarnación was built on
                                 The interior is very simple, consisting of a single nave with   top of an old mosque between the end of the fifteenth
                                 a niche at its front, where the image of the Virgen del         century and the beginning of the sixteenth century. The
                                 Carmen sits. It is also here in the niche where the             church boasts three naves separated by rectangular pillars
                                 decorative elements become more intricate and                   that support round arches. The naves are covered with
                                 extravagant, in typical Baroque style. Other highlights are     Mudéjar-style coffering. The Renaissance altarpiece of the
                                 the frescoes from the eighteenth-century School of              main altar is the most outstanding feature of the church's
                                 Granada. The convent also houses a very odd relic: a            interior and the Cristo de los Vigías (Holy Christ of
                                 small wooden skull carved by Saint John of The Cross.           Lookouts) is found here. The square tower is detached
                                                                                                 from the church the same way as minarets were built
                                 Returning again to the Plaza de la Constitución, you can        separate from mosques. A gallery of columns and
                                 continue past the Puerta Real de la Villa and arrive at the     horseshoe arches -affording magnificent panoramic views
                                 neighbourhood that bears the same name. From here, you          of the city- can be accessed from the nave of the Epistle.
                                 can walk by the medieval walls. Only a few sections of the
                                 walls still remain, not all of which feature their original     Near this church, at the town's highest point (137 m)
                                 building materials because different restorations have          stands the Fortress or Alcazaba, now surrounded by the
                                 been done to prevent their being lost completely. The           Villa and Arroyo San Sebastián neighbourhoods.
                                 walls, which originally surrounded the whole Moorish            Archaeological evidence confirms that construction of the
                                 medina, were equipped with towers, evenly spaced along          fortress began in the tenth century. However, it was only in
                                 their length. They had four gates, of which only one has        the thirteenth century that it started to take on considerable
                                 survived: the Puerta Real de la Villa (Royal Gate of the        significance (it is mentioned in the treaty signed by the
                                 Town). It was given this name after Ferdinand and Isabella      Nasrid King Al Hamar and Ferdinand III), and, during the
                                 entered Vélez-Málaga through it in 1487. It consists of a       fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, it played an even more


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                                 important role. After being conquered by the Catholic           Granada that leads towards the Cruz del Cordero (Cross of
                                 Monarchs, the fortress was used successively as the Royal       the Lamb) Chapel, a commemorative shrine like that Cruz
                                 House, military headquarters, prison and the Town Hall.         del Arrabal. It is a very simple brick building, which houses
                                                                                                 a plain wooden cross.
                                 In the eighteenth century, the building was unoccupied,
                                 remaining so until the time of the French invasion, when        FIESTAS
                                 the Napoleonic troops used and left it in very bad condition.   Vélez-Málaga's Royal Fair of San Miguel (St Michael),
                                 At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Fortress, by     which takes place around 29 September, has its origins -
                                 then virtually neglected, served as a kind of quarry to         like many others of its kind- in a livestock fair starting to be
                                 supply materials for other buildings until the 1960s, when      held back in 1842. By 1915, the festivity had become an
                                 the Town Council initiated a timid attempt at renovation,       evening outdoor festival and, today, it is one of the
                                 reconstructing the Torre del Homenaje (Keep) and some           Axarquía region's most important celebrations. By day, the
                                 stretches of wall. Still awaiting a deep renovation project,    fair takes place in the streets of the historic centre and
                                 the Fortress currently offers a pseudo-romantic vision of its   features performances by flamenco and choir groups,
                                 glorious past, in ruins, and of course, the best views in the   sports competitions, food tasting and practically every
                                 city.                                                           other fun activity one might expect from a fiesta like this.
                                                                                                 The Axarquía Food and Drink Fair (Agroalimar) is held at
                                 Granada St. leads down to the San Juan de Dios Hospital,        the same time. It was inaugurated in 2004 with the backing
                                 also known as San Marcos. It was founded by Ferdinand           of the Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry of the Government
                                 and Isabella and ceded to the Order of St John of God in        of Andalusia.
                                 the seventeenth century. The church has two naves; one of
                                 them features a vault and a small, eighteenth-century           The Día de la Cruz (Cross Day, on 3 May) attaches a
                                 chapel. Despite having been restored on numerous                special significance to the neighbourhood of Pilar.
                                 occasions, the beautiful, brick Mudéjar courtyard still         Residents decorate the streets with altars and crosses,
                                 survives with its low gallery of round arches. The building     and organise a popular evening festival near the Cruz del
                                 presently serves as a residence for the elderly.                Cordero, which is always very lively.

                                 Leaving the old hospital, the tour can be continued along       Around 15 May, the pilgrimage of the Virgen de los
                                 Tenerías and Cruz del Cordero Streets -the old road to          Remedios (Our Lady of Good Remedy) takes place. It


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                                 begins with a Mass offered in the Cerro Chapel and then       Given its many urban centres, the festival calendar in the
                                 proceeds to an olive grove on the Camino de Torrox, where     district of Vélez-Málaga can be crammed with events. In
                                 pilgrims and carriages gather. The pilgrimage is becoming     Cajiz and Triana, the Day of St Joseph of Nazareth is
                                 increasingly crowded every year as pilgrims' communities      celebrated on 19 March. After the Mass and the procession
                                 from other villages have begun participating in the           of the Saint, there are various performances in the
                                 celebration. On the day of the pilgrimage, food and drinks    pavilions.
                                 are handed out and there are horse-taming competitions.
                                                                                               The big day in Torre del Mar is the St John's Eve (23 June).
                                 On 16 July, the city organises the Veladilla del Carmen,      Júas (Judas' figures) competitions, popular nighttime
                                 which has become Vélez-Málaga's premiere summer fair.         parties and performances are held here around this date,
                                 It features an international chess tournament as well as      which sees residents carrying out the ritual of washing their
                                 flamenco and contemporary music shows. The third              faces with sea water or going under nine waves, following
                                 Sunday of October sees the image of the town's Patron         in the tradition. On the second Sunday of June, this
                                 Virgin, the Virgen de los Remedios Coronada, carried in a     populous urban centre of Vélez-Málaga celebrates the
                                 procession from the Cerro Chapel to the Church of San         pilgrimage of the Virgen del Carmen. Pilgrims follow the
                                 Juan, where it remains until the second Sunday of             route of Las Viñas where, after the Mass, there is a series
                                 November, when it is returned again in procession to its      of traditional performances topped off with an evening
                                 sanctuary.                                                    festival.

                                 Carnival has always been one of the city's most popular       Coinciding with the Days of Santiago and Santa Ana (St
                                 celebrations, as attested to in the agreement issued by the   James and St Anne) (25 and 26 July), Torre del Mar
                                 Town Hall on 4 February, 1877. The document refers to the     celebrates its five-day summer fair. Highlights include (pág.
                                 celebration as "the popular custom of the masks," and         230)the Virgen del Carmen procession, which takes place
                                 warns that "the authorities will keep watch to ensure no      both through the town's streets and in the waters along its
                                 abuses are committed." Nowadays, competitions of street       beach. The festivities are rounded out with modern and
                                 musicians and costume groups take place at the Teatro del     traditional music performances in the pavilions lining the
                                 Carmen (Del Carmen Theatre).                                  fairground, as well as a variety of competitions and the
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                                 Not only the residents of Vélez-Málaga, but also many from     on ingredients from the upcountry and, similarly, inland
                                 all over the Axarquía region and elsewhere come to             towns normally serve excellent fish. The most
                                 participate in the Holy Week celebrations in Vélez,            traditional local recipes here include berzas (green
                                 considered as one of the best in Andalusia. The city's time-   beans, potatoes, chick-peas, eggplant, pumpkin and
                                 honoured religious tradition, marked by the construction of    meat), ajoblanco (garlic and almond soup), ajobacalao
                                 numerous convents and churches since the end of the            (garlic and codfish) and ajoporro (leek), as well as
                                 fifteenth century, naturally led to the creation of some       soups such as maimones (made with egg and Spanish
                                 outdoor rituals best exemplified by the Holy Week.             ham), gazpacho (chilled vegetable soup) and chambao
                                                                                                (chopped tomato, peppers, onion and cucumber with a
                                 Cofradías (fraternities) established long ago compete in       dash of olive oil). The mostachones (sweet buns) and
                                 splendour with others created later over the course of a       oil cakes are the speciality pastries. The district of
                                 few days in which the city lives almost exclusively for its    Vélez-Málaga is also one of the great tropical fruit
                                 processions. The popular fervour unleashed with the            producers in Spain and mangos, custard apples,
                                 passing of some cofradías is so contagious that even the       papayas, and avocados are all worth tasting.
                                 most sceptical of onlookers often end up participating with
                                 true enthusiasm. It is not worth highlighting individual       CELEBRITIES
                                 cofradías because all of them, with their ornamental           Among the many important people born in Vélez Málaga,
                                 magnificence and their many devotees, contribute to            the most well-known internationally is Maria Zambrano
                                 making Holy Week in Vélez-Málaga a truly unforgettable         (1904-1991), considered as Spain's greatest philosopher
                                 experience.                                                    and thinker of the last decades. A follower of Ortega y
                                                                                                Gasset, Maria Zambrano became a relevant scholar early
                                 FOOD                                                           in her career, but was forced to abandon her University
                                 Since the district boasts coastal and inland areas, it         position because she had to live in exile during the Civil
                                 naturally offers a wide range of dishes. In the coastal        War.
                                 villages, the most traditional speciality is, of course,
                                 pescaíto frito (small fried fish) in all its varieties. This   In Spain, she used to meet some of the most important
                                 doesn't mean that the cooking traditions along the             poets of the time, including Jorge Guillén, Emilio Prados,
                                 coast are dedicated exclusively to seafood. In any of          and Miguel Hernández. Once in exile she used to visit
                                 coastal towns, it is very common to find recipes based         Albert Camus, in Paris, and Octavio Paz and León Felipe,


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                                 in Mexico. Among her most important works are                    and third centuries (during the heyday of Roman rule). The
                                 Pensamiento y filosofía en la vida española (Thought and         story goes that St Epeteno, a disciple of St Peter's, was
                                 Philosophy in Spanish Life), Filosofía y poesía (Philosophy      tormented on Los Remedios hill, where the Patron Virgin's
                                 and Poetry), El hombre y lo divino (Man and the Divine),         chapel currently stands.
                                 Los sueños y el tiempo (Dreams and Time) and Persona y
                                 democracia (Person and Democracy).                               The origins of the Patron also have their own story. It is
                                                                                                  said that a shepherd found the image of the Virgin on the
                                 She returned to Spain in 1984, and was awarded the               hill, but he thought the image was only a doll so he decided
                                 Príncipe de Asturias Prize and the Cervantes Prize, among        to take it home for his daughter. On his way home, he lost
                                 others. Her legacy is kept in the María Zambrano                 the doll, but found it again several days later in the same
                                 Foundation, whose headquarters are located in the Palacio        place where he had first seen it. Several times the man
                                 del Marqués de Beniel, in her hometown.                          tried to take the doll home and the same thing always
                                                                                                  happened: the doll reappeared once and again in the same
                                                                                                  place. The shepherd finally decided that something
                                                                                                  supernatural was going on and construction of the chapel
                                 LEGENDS                                                          soon began in the place that the image so determinedly
                                 There are several legends about city's foundation. One of        refused to leave.
                                 them tells that the original village was located at the mouth
                                 of the River Vélez as was, in fact, the case. It then explains
                                 why the city was moved inland: on 31 July, 365, a huge
                                 earthquake followed by gigantic tidal waves destroyed the
                                 city. Before setting about with the enormous task of
                                 rebuilding the town, its residents decided to move the
                                 village to a safer location, namely the hillock on which the
                                 Fortress was later constructed.

                                 Another legend has it that St Peter the apostle was the
                                 founder of the town's old chapel, Santa Maria -which
                                 served as the Episcopal headquarters between the first


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                                                             BLUE FLAG BEACHES 2006

                                                             Nerja                Benalmádena             Estepona
                                                             Torrecilla           Fuente de la Salud      La Rada
                                                             Burriana             Malapesquera            El Cristo
                                                                                                          El Padrón
                                                             Torrox               Fuengirola
                                                             Ferrara              Los Boliches            Manilva
                                                             El Morche            Las Gaviotas            Sabinillas
                                                                                                          Colonia
                                                             Málaga               Mijas
                                                             La Malagueta         La Cala
                                                                                  La Butibamba



                                                             BLUE FLAG MARINAS 2006

                                                             Vélez Málaga         Marbella                Manilva
                                                             Caleta de Velez      José Banús              LaDuquesa
                                                                                  La Bajadilla
                                                             Fuengirola
                                                             Fuengirola           Estepona
                                                                                  Estepona



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