Vélez – Málaga
Vélez-Málaga is the biggest municipality of the Eastern area in La Costa del Sol, with 67.000 inhabitants, with an area of more than 150 km2 and almost 25 kilometres of coast. This town is capital of the Axarquía, its population live among the scattered towns of Almayate, Cadiz, Valle-Niza, Benajarafe, Chilches, Lagos, Mezquitilla, Trapiche and Triana, although their main city centres are Vélez-Málaga, Torre del Mar and Caleta de Vélez. These last three start to constitute the big town of Vélez-Málaga.
Vélez Málaga is located in the region of La Axarquía. The city centre is to 60 metres above sea level and to 28 kilometres from the capital. The municipality has an average precipitation of 470 l/m2, and its temperature is 18º C.
We can observe remains from the Palaeolithic that testifies the early settlement where nowadays it is located Vélez Málaga.
The first settlements from historic times go back to the Phoenician Age, although these finds took place in different stages during the search of the Greek colony called Mainake, that it has not been located at the moment.
With the Roman presence we can observe remains in the Necropolis of Noria Alta. In this age the splendour in this town starts and although it had worse periods it kept itself, it returned to reappears with the Muslim culture.
From the Muslim Age we can observe the Castle of Vélez Málaga.
Old Railroad Station
Cruz del Arrabal
The Theatre of El Carmen
Hermitage of San Sebastián
Hermitage of Ntra. Sra. de los Remedios
Fountain of Felipe II or Fernando VI
Hospital of San Juan de Dios
Church of San Juan Bautista
Church of Santa María de la Encarnación
Ingenio Azucarero de Ntra. Sra. del Carmen
Puerta Real de la Villa y Murallas
Palace of Los Marqueses de Beniel
Velez Malaga Castle
Torre del Homenaje
Hermitage of San Isidro
Fuente de la Plaza de las Glorias
Real Convento de Santiago (Convent of San Francisco)
Monasterio de Jesús, María y José (Convent of Las Carmelitas)
Casa Larios (Tenencia de Alcaldía de Torredelmar)
Castle of Torre del Mar
Convent of San José de la Soledad
Convent Ntra. Sra. de Gracia (Convent of Las Claras)
La Cruz del Cordero
Portada de la Ermita de la Virgen de las Angustias
Camarín de la Virgen de la Piedad
Camarín de la Virgen de los Desamparados
Casa de la Viña
Hogar Virgen de la Victoria
Gastronomy of Vélez-Málaga
In Vélez-Málaga we have to emphasize some dishes such as ajo-bacalao at Easter, the sopas cachorreñas (oranges, garlic, bread, oil, pepper and salt), flat cakes, fried fish, ajo blanco (cold garlic soup), etc.
We can also taste the fresh fish like sardines and anchovies or sea basses, well seasoned with vegetables, the espetos in the beach, with a good wine or a sangria (red wine punch).
How to get there
From anywhere in the Costa del Sol you have to take the motorway from the Mediterranean (A-7; N-340) towards Motril-Almería, or Málaga if the journey is made from Nerja or Torrox. The old N-340 pass through the centre of Torre del Mar, and from this town to Vélez-Málaga, distant among them four kilometres, the journey is an urban walk and well signposted. Likewise, the road signs shows you the access from the Mediterranean motorway to Vélez-Málaga.
Málaga 37 km
Nerja 24 km
Torremolinos 55 km
Almáchar 15 km
Ntra. Sra. del Carmen Parish (Caleta de Vélez)