Velez Malaga consists of three main areas: Torre del Mar on the Coast; the main town Velez-Malaga itself, situated strategically inland to escape tidal waves caused by earthquakes centuries ago and Velez Costa consisting of several smaller resorts east of Torre del Mar ,Caleta de Velez, Benajarafe and Mezquitilla.
Communications between the towns are good. There are two local bus services: one connecting Torre del Mar with Velez Malaga every 30 minutes and the other connects the resorts within Velez along the coast.
Velez Malaga is the capital of the Axarquía, its largest town and main services centre for the east side of Malaga. The town is an attractive white town set in the foot hills of the Maroma mountain, one of the highest in the area and it is often snow-capped in the winter. The Moorish castle and church dominate the town and there are several other important monuments. The town is busy and essentially Spanish. Velez-Malaga was the birthplace of Maria zambrano, a nationally famous writer and philosopher, and the town is home to the Zambrano Foundation where many archives and original documents are kept.
VELEZ MALAGA INFORMATION
Situated to the south- east of the province of Málaga, Vélez is a town that has more than 20 kilometres of coastline and a mild climate that makes the town into a pleasant destination for a peaceful vacation. Its hotel offers are made up of as much of deep countryside installations in order to enjoy the rural environment, as of the excellent installations of the maritime yachting arbour of La Caleta.
The age- old tradition of Vélez- Málaga still prevails amongst its narrow and winding streets of the district of La Villa, the city´s original town centre. In its interior we can find some interesting examples of Mudejar Art, like “La Casa Cervantes”, the Church of “Santa María de la Encarnación” or the coffered ceiling of the Palace of “El Marqués de Beniel”.
Vélez- Málaga has various important Phoenician sites, of which can be highlighted “La Necrópolis de Cerro del Mar y Jardín”, or the remains found in “Lagos y Caleta de Vélez”. The festive calendar of Vélez is full of feasts and fairs, amongst which can be highlighted “La Real Feria de San Miguel”, at the end of September, and the Fair of Santiago and Santa Ana in July.
The most demanding of taste- buds will find in the veleña gastronomy a wide variety of typical dishes: calabash stew, pap, cold garlic and almond soup, “la sopa cachorreña” or “los maimones” make up only a sample of its wide gastronomic offer, to which we have to add the tasty confectionery that the cloister nuns make in their kitchens. All this, without forgetting the typical variety of fried fish or “espetos de sardines”.
On the other hand, Torre del Mar offers the visitor a great variety of activities to carry out.
Local Holidays: 25th July and 5th October when the town celebrates its main fair.
Distance From Malaga Airport 36km
Town Hall 952-500-100
Local Police: 952- 549-238
For this, it relies on the fair weather which is enjoyed nearly 365 days a year, a great variety of tourist and hotel accommodation, facilities to practice water- sports, golf courses, and it also counts on having the administrative district´s most spacious assembly- halls in which numerous functions can be held.
Velez offers a wide range of services and amenities including two health centres, primary and secondary schools, sports facilities and numerous shops. The theatre de Carmen has a good choice of cultural events throughout the year, although most are in Spanish.
Property in Velez is among the cheapest in the province, although prices have risen over the last few months and numerous new developments are currently under construction, particularly townhouses to the south of the town near the A-7.
Velez Malaga Costa
East of Torre del Mar are several resort developments which make up Velez Malaga Costa. Caleta de Velez is a small resort, centred on an attractive marina and offering limited services. New development are currently under construction to the north of the N-340.Benaljarafe is a very small resort and Mezquitilla is a long sprawl of Apartments blocks with limited services. Algarrobo Costa has reasonably good services including banks and supermarkets and other small shops, and offers mainly apartment accommodation.
Torre del Mar
Torre del Mar is the main town between Rincón de la Victoria and Nerja, and is essentially a modern beach resort with little character and few old buildings. It has, however a pleasant seafront promenade and offers good services and amenities including the Axarquía hospital.It´s a busy town with a mainly Spanish feel to it, although foreigners live there too. The beaches are coarse grey sand and not well-maintained out of season.
Torre del Mar Useful Information
Torre del Mar Property
Torre del Mar has up until now, been relatively neglected by foreign buyers but over the last few months interest in the area has risen sharply, particularly from those looking for cheaper property but within a more Spanish environment. Development is currently intense to the north and east of the town, particularly low-rise apartments and townhouses.