7 Best Things To Do in Torrox, Spain

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In 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.

Where is Torrox located?

Torrox is a small Spanish town located in Andalusia, in the province of Malaga. It lies on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, on Costa del Sol, and at the foot of the Parque Natural de Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. Torrox consists of two parts: Torrox Costa and Torrox Pueblo.

Is Torrox worth visiting?

In our opinion – yes. It’s a calm little town where you can catch your breath after visiting bustling places like Nerja or Malaga. It has a lovely old town, as well as a beautiful sandy beach, which is located only 5km from the center.

7 Best Things To Do in Torrox, Spain

Fun fact no 1: the town claims to have the best climate in Europe, with an average annual temperature of 18°C (or at least you can spot “Mejor clima de Europa” signs in many places in Torrox). 

Fun fact no 2: the word “Torrox” comes from Arab, and means “tower”.

A short history of Torrox, Spain

Not much to say about Torrox 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.

As mentioned before Torrox consists of two parts: Pueblo & Costa. Let’s start with the best things to do in Torrox Pueblo.

Best Things To Do in Torrox Pueblo

Torrox Pueblo is the oldest part of the town, located at about 145m a.s.l. Like most of the villages in Andalusia, it’s full of narrow streets and whitewashed houses decorated with flowers. So far there aren’t too many crowds there, even in the high season, which makes Torrox Pueblo a peaceful place to visit in the province of Malaga.

Best things to see in Torrox Pueblo
Torrox Pueblo - Old Town Streets White houses
Torrox Pueblo - Old Town Streets Decorated with flowers

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.

Plaza Constitución in Torrox Pueblo - Town Hall
Plaza Constitución in Torrox Pueblo full of colorful umbrellas
Things to see in Torrox Pueblo - Plaza Constitución

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.

White houses in Torrox Pueblo, Spain
Torrox Pueblo Old Town Street
Green doors, white house decorated with flowers in Torrox Pueblo, Spain

Best Things To Do in Torrox Costa

Only 5 kilometers down the road from Torrox Pueblo, Torrox Costa is located. Torrox Costa has a 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.

Best Things To Do in Torrox - Lighthouse of Torrox Costa

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).

Torrox Costa Beaches

Along a coastline of 9km, the town has a few nice beaches to offer. The 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.

Torrox Costa Beaches - Playa de Torrox

How to get to Torrox, Spain?

Torrox is located 15km from Nerja, 50km from Malaga, 70km from Benalmadena Pueblo, and 85km from Mijas. The most convenient way to get to Torrox is by car or by taxi.

Where to park in Torrox Pueblo & Torrox Costa?

In Torrox Pueblo we left our car in this parking lot for free. In Torrox Costa we left our car on Avenida Esperanto, where lots of free parking spaces were available. 

Airport near Torrox

The closest airport to Torrox is in Malaga, only 60km away. A trip from Malaga Airport will take about 3h by bus or 45min by taxi (€80-100).

To Torrox by bus

You can get to Torrox by bus, which to be honest isn’t your best option as often short trips may take a long time. For example, the journey from Malaga will take about 1.5h (€2-9), from Benalmadena 3h15min (€4-13) and… 2.5h from Nerja (€7-10). To learn more about bus connections that interest you visit rome2rio.com website.

To Torrox by taxi

Expensive, but a fast way of getting to Torrox. For example, a ride from Nerja will take only about 10min (€7-10) and from Malaga 35min (€50-65). 

To Torrox by train

Unfortunately, you can’t get to Torrox by bus as there is no train station in the town.

Torrox, Spain - town with the best climate in Europe

Restaurants, accommodations, and map

Check out various recommended places below.

Where to eat in Torrox?

Torrox - Map of places

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