In the very close proximity to popular Nerja, you can find a charming, hidden gem – Torrox. Unfortunately, we’ve never seen even a single mention of Torrox Costa or Pueblo in posts like “What to see near Malaga in Spain”. We found it totally by chance while scanning Google Maps. So chances are quite high that you’ve never heard of Torrox too, but now thanks to us you can add one more pin to your maps. 🙂 Vamos, let’s discover all the best things to do in Torrox.
Torrox is a small town located on Costa del Sol, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and at the foot of the Parque Natural de Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. The word Torrox comes from Arab, and means “tower”. The town has the best climate in Europe, with an average annual temperature of 18°C (or at least you can spot multiple “Mejor clima de Europa” signs in many places in Torrox). Currently, it’s most popular, especially among German and British tourists.
Torrox consist of two parts: Torrox Costa and Torrox Pueblo. In this post, we’ll show you the best things to do in Torrox. But first, a little bit of history.
A short history of Torrox, Spain
Not much to say about Torrx Costa as mostly fishermen and farmers inhabited it until the tourist boom of the 70s. On the other hand, Torrox Pueblo has a much richer history. Between the 1st and 4th century AD, during Roman times, the town was an important center for the production of garum – fermented fish sauce – that was exported to Rome. Between the 4th and 8th centuries Torrox was occupied by the Visigoths and was known as the ‘City of Arches’. Later, during Arab times, Torrox was a very important producer of silk which was sent to Malaga and Granada. Catholic Kings reconquered Torrox in 1487.
7 Best Things To Do in Torrox, Spain
Best Things To Do in Torrox Pueblo
Torrox Pueblo is the oldest part of the town, located about 145m a.s.l, at the foot of Sierras of Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park. Like most of the villages in Andalusia, Torrox Pueblo is full of narrow streets and whitewashed houses decorated with flowers. So far there aren’t too many crowds even in the high season, Torrox Pueblo is a peaceful place to visit in the province of Malaga.
Plaza Constitución in Torrox Pueblo
Plaza Constitución is the main square in a town full of orange trees, bars, and restaurants. It’s home to buildings like Town Hall, Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, and Palace of La Joya. However, the square stands out with a very unique decoration – hundreds of colorful umbrellas. Their goal is to provide a shadow and add splendid touches of color to the place.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación is Torrox main church. It was built in the 16th century on the remains of a Moorish mosque and later enlarged in the 17th century. The earthquake in 1884 damaged the church and as a result, the “new” one was built in a Baroque style.
Palace of La Joya
The Palace of La Joya is an impressive 19th-century house. It was the residence of the Sevilla-Medina family, a bourgeois family who was exporting wines, raisins, and nuts with their own fleet of ships. Also, King Alphonso XII stayed in the Palace of La Joya in January 1885, when he was visiting the area after the earthquake. Now it’s home to Torrox’s law courts.
Ermita De San Roque
This hermitage is located a little outside the main part of the Torrox Pueblo, on Plaza de San Roque. It was built in Neo-Mudêjar style in the 19th century, on the ruins of an earlier oratory. It’s no longer used for worship.
Best Things To Do in Torrox Costa?
Down the road from Torrox Pueblo, Torrox Costa is located. Torrox Costa has 9km of coastline with beautiful sandy beaches and coves to explore. Once fishermen used to live here, and currently, it’s becoming a popular tourist attraction.
Lighthouse of Torrox
The main attraction in Torrox Costa is the lighthouse from 1864. It’s open to the public and hosts a small museum with Roman archaeological remains. Also, a Roman archaeological site is located nearby.
Roman Ruins in Torrox
In 1905 the lighthouse keeper discovered the Roman Ruins. He began to dig around the lighthouse and found what once was the Roman city of Caviclum. The archaeological site contains well-preserved Roman baths, a necropolis, and furnaces for the production of garum (which also confirm that Torrox was an important center for fishery production and export).
Along a coastline of 9km, the town has a few nice beaches to offer. Most popular are Playa de Torrox, Playa del Peñoncillo and Playa Calaceite. Above the Playa de Torrox there’s also a lovely promenade, Paseo Maritimo Torrox. There you can enjoy a nice walk, or eat a delicious meal in one of the few restaurants while enjoying beautiful views.
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