Traveling in Spain: going to Velez-Malaga
In Andalucia is worth visiting not only the popular resorts of the Costa del Sol. In relative distance from them is the magical Velez-Malaga, which will be an excellent place for recreation. If you do not know what to choose for a trip - rural areas, active recreation or visiting cultural locations, go here. The capital of the Aksarkia district will present an unforgettable pastime, especially since it is easy to get there by car.
What to see in Velez-Malaga
One of the popular local attractions is considered to be a seaside resort called Torre del Mar. It is located near the city and is great for a beach holiday. Walk along the coast a couple of kilometers and enjoy the Mediterranean landscapes and panorama of the mighty mountains.
In Torre del Mar there are many hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, in the last summer is quite crowded and you can dance. Restaurants are famous for the traditional fried fish for Spain, in particular, it is worth trying the almost legendary sardines cooked on skewers. If you come with children, it is recommended to visit Aquapark Aquapark. For those who like other activities, there is a golf club and a sport fishing port.
In Velez-Malaga there is no mass flow of tourists, so vacation will be guaranteed calm and measured. And you can still soak up the sun and swim in the sea. The beaches have the necessary equipment, quality service. There are also quite small places where you can enjoy bathing in solitude. These are more quiet beach areas: Almayate, Valle Nisa, Bahamar.
The town was built in the 10th century. From that time to the present, the Arab fortress and the remains of the fortification walls have reached you, which will immerse you in the era of Muslim rule in Andalusia. Once these lands were considered strategically important for the Arabs.
Guests of Malaga are recommended to visit the central part, which is considered an object of the country's cultural heritage. Architectural beauties include the Palace of the Marquis, the Temples of St. Mary the Great and John the Baptist. The center begins with Francis Square. Here were built the first urban structures around the royal monastery.
Not far from the monastery walls is the Palace of the Marquis of Beniel. This stone building with red brick masonry, windows in the form of arches and columns of marble. From the square you can get to the street of St. Francis, where there is a chic aristocratic house, which is called "the house of Cervantes". The luxurious façade is framed by spacious balconies, galleries and arches that lead to the courtyard with an ancient fountain.
The patroness of Velez-Málaga is the Virgin of Remedios, the temple in her honor rises on the hill of San Cristóbal. From here you can see the beauty of the whole settlement. In place of the old Muslim mosque in the 16th century another church was built - the Incarnations of the Virgin Mary. The architectural features of the building are distinguished by a combination of Mudejar and Gothic styles, and in the inner room there is an altar with elements of the Renaissance style. Today there is the Museum of Holy Week where you can see the exhibits and listen to the excursion about the customs and characteristics of the Easter celebration in the region.
Customs and Holidays
Local traditions are simply impossible without the Easter week. Both from historians and tourists, who like the original spectacle. Almost 20 Christian brotherhoods hold street processions with images of saints. Such a spectacle really surprises many people and residents of the city and its guests for many years.
Other famous holidays are May folk festivities in honor of Our Lady of Virgen de Los Remedios and Carnaval, and the Royal Fair in September. In particular, it is worth looking at how the day of St. John is celebrated. This is a magical act, which is equivalent to how we celebrate Ivan Kupala. The mystical night passes in Torre del Mar. Another recommended trip to get on the procession to the day of Virgen del Carmen by the sea.
How to get there by car
Here you can comfortably get by car from Malaga. Take the A7 motorway of the Mediterranean or follow the road of the national highway number 340. The latter passes just in the central part of the resort of Torre del Mar.