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What to do in Torrox (Malaga)

If you’re in search of an escape, Torrox is the best option. Its monuments, fairs and beaches will help you experience the true Andalusian culture. Do not miss it!

Torrox is part of the region of Axarquia. The mild climate, as well as the warm reception you receivemake it an outstanding holiday destination enough so that the town has received it the “prize” for Europe’s most pleasant climate. This is due to the spring that is all year round with an average temperature of 18oC.

This is possible due to the mountains that surround the village , as well as its proximity to beaches in Costa del Sol, in the valley of the river Torrox. Actually, only 4 km separates the two regions that comprise Torrox, Torrox Pueblo and Torrox Costa. The scenery you’ll be able to experience is subtropical as it blends the seven beaches of the town and summing up a total of nine kilometers of coastline as well as Torrox Pueblo, a mountain range which stops the powerful winds from getting to Torrox.

How do I reach Torrox

A 45-minute drive from Torrox away from Malaga the city center. The only requirement is to drive on the A-7 highway to the second exit from the roundabout before you get onto the A-7207. From here, take the MA-102 road, which is located on the third exit from the roundabout. Follow the directions and you’ll soon be in Torrox city center.

If you’re on the other side you’d prefer to travel via bus, then you’ll be pleased to be aware that ALSA offers this service every each day, from Puerto de Malaga to Torrox. The trip takes about 1 hour and a half and the single-trip ticket costs EUR4.23.

Torrox Pueblo along with Torrox Costa

As previously mentioned the town is split into two distinct areas separated by 4km and very well connected. Torrox Pueblo is the Old Town which is the most earliest part of the village , and the one it is where you will discover the most extensive collection of historical and cultural monuments.

Torrox Costa, on the contrary, has more tourist areas, beaches and shorelines that allow you to experience Torrox’s famous climate. Torrox. Torrox Costa also is split into smaller sections, from the latter, El Morche stands out. It is the place where fishermen once resided and, in the present, is a attractive tourist attraction.

How do I reach Torrox Costa from Torrox Pueblo

There are two buses, run by the Nieto company, provide daily transfer services between Torrox Pueblo and Torrox Costa. Line 1 (Torrox-Torrox Costa-El Morche) departs early at 8.15 am (7.30 on the weekdays) The last bus departs at 8.30 at night.

Line 2 (Torrox-Torrox Costa-El Morche-Torrox Park – Costa-Torrox) provides the three ride options (9 am 10 am, 1 pm, and 2.30 pm). Look over this page
(?Como desplazarse? >> Autobus Urbano) to check the timings of buses connecting the two parts of Torrox.

The short background of Torrox

The word Torrox originates from Arab which is a reference to “tower”. But, numerous studies have proven that the first people to live in Torrox located in Malaga included the Phoenicians and the Romans who established the fishing and commercial industry (famous Garum Sauce) in the region. Then, Torrox was occupied by the Arabs who made it the centre for silk collection that was later was transferred for shipment to Malaga in addition to Granada. Torrox became the target of Christians in 1488.

What can you see and what is to see in Torrox

One of the things you shouldn’t miss in Torrox is learning about the history of the town by uncovering some of the mysteries behind the many tourist attractions throughout the village.

Lighthouse of Torrox

It is said that the Lighthouse of Torrox is the most popular attraction in the Torrox town. It was constructed in 1864, and is one of the few located in Malaga that is open to visitors. The lighthouse is home to exhibitions that showcase the history of Torrox and also due to the Roman archeological site located within the Lighthouse enclosure. Within the lighthouse can be the museum Marino of Torrox (Marine Museum in Torrox).

Torrox has a defensive system.

The 15th century Almenara de Huit along with Torre Via de Calaceite are both part of the historic heritage of Torrox. Both structures were built to protect Torrox from threats from the coast. In the same way, Torrox also relied on the protection of an Arab fortress, which remain visible today particularly those of a wall to defend (El Porton, and El Torreon).

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion

The main church of Torrox was constructed during the sixteenth century upon the remnants of the remains of a Moorish mosque. The church was later expanded by the end of the 17th century. Its tower, which is rectangular, stands out on the outside of the church. It is crowned by a pyramidal-shaped spire.

Other churches are located in Torrox

Two other churches worth visiting include the hermitage and convent that are part of Nuestra Senora de las Nieves and the church of San Roque. The first was established with the help of the Minimos Franciscans during the sixteenth century. it is a two-storey monastery with cloisters and an indoor terrace and stables that were used as a warehouse for fruit during the 19th century, and later, as a Guardia Civil headquarters in the 1970s.

San Roque’s church San Roque, on the other hand, is the Neo-Mudejar style, and is dated in the sixteenth century. It is a single nave and, in its outdoor area, it is adorned with the bright red brick.

Casa de la Hoya

It was a century with the greatest architectural importance. For instance it was the Casa de la Hoya (also called Palacio of La Joya) that was home to the king Alphonso XII on his trip of the city in the year 1884 for a visit to the regions that were damaged from the December earthquake.

The Jardin de la Casa (the gardens) is worthy of a attention, because it was created with the help of the gardener who designed the gardens in the Malaga Paseo del Parque. The garden has an area in French style and another within it’s Mediterranean and tropical gardens, along with the vegetable garden. Today, the building hosts its visitors with the Casa de la Cultura.

Casa de la Moneda and the Museo de las Miniaturas

The Casa de la Moneda, that is also called Palacio de la Aduana (Customs Building) was built prior in the late 18th century. It evokes the Torrox’s business height, and is named for the mint that was in place during the 16th century.

Inside, you will find inside the Museum of the Miniatures, featuring pieces from local craftsman Antonio Median, as well as an amazing model of the town, as it was built in the 50s.

Beaches of Torrox

The coastline in Torrox forms part of the famed Costa del Sol. It is among the most well-known beaches, a few are awarded each year by the Blue Flag, which is an indication of the cleanliness and pureness of the beaches and waters. Torrox’s beaches Torrox include the El Morche beach El Morche, in the urban region of Torrox Costa which is surrounded by promenades and all amenities, as well as The 1.200-mt-long beaches of Ferrara that has access that is adapted to those who have mobility issues. There is also small coves in the East section (Playa Chica) and is distinguished by a relaxed atmosphere.

Other beaches located in Torrox include beaches like Las Dunas, el Penoncillo (near the N-340 highway) and the beaches of Sillon which has a couple of services and a low number of visitors, the beach of Calaceite that, despite being close to the N-340 highway, is accessible to those with limited mobility. In addition, there is an area of Vilchez that has the chiringuito as well as the 60-meter-long beach of Cala Chica.

Interesting information regarding Torrox

Surface: 50 km2
Inhabitants: 16,465 (2018)
Demonym: torroxeno
The location: Torrox is located south of the region of La Axarquia, at the base of the Sierras de Tejeda y Almijara. It shares a border with Nerja and is 20 kilometers from Velez-Malaga, and 40 kilometers from the capital city.
Average temperature 18oC
Average rainfalls: 530 l/m2