Colmenar

Peaceful and hospitable town with a population of a little more than 3.000 inhabitants is known as the capital of Los Montes de Málaga. Its character of being a place “of transit” has always marked its history: the Neolithic Cultures whose remains can be found in “La Cueva de las Pulseras”, passed through here; the Pre- roman and Roman; those of the rebellious Umar B. Hafsun; Los Reyes Católicos; the French troops; and, lastly, the discoverers of the tourist trade potential of La Costa del Sol.

Its historical- artistic heritage has two main references: the Church of “Ntra. Sra. De la Asunción”, from the Sixteenth Century; and the Shrine, built in the Seventeenth Century.

Colmenar celebrates various festivities of interest throughout the year: The August Fair, the feast of “El Mosto y la Chacina” and its local festivities, during the first week in February, in honour of its Patron Saint, “La Virgen de la Candelaria”.

The gastronomy of Colmenar is rich and varied, highlighting some of its dishes: “el plato de los Montes”, snails (caracoles), “el gazpacho de tres ramales”. Special word of mention must be given to the pork cold cuts, the typical cakes: “roscos caseros” and “milhojas”, and the local must and wines.