Area Information Torrox
Torrox is a typical whitewashed Andalucian hillside village only 45 km`s away from Malaga and some 4km inland from its coastal suburb, Torrox Costa and is full of charm, an excellent example of a working village. A perfect setting to relax and take in the stunning scenery that the Axarquia region of southern Spain has to offer. As well as enjoying the mountains you will be spoilt by the fine sandy beaches of Torrox which boasts a long, modern promenade host to many International restaurants and water sport facilities.
During the Moorish occupation and due to its key role in the silk trade between Granada and Near Eastern cities such as Baghdad and Damascus. The centre is very pretty with brilliant white-walled houses clinging to the steep slope on which the town is built. There are many winding streets and squares where you can sit and laze the day away drinking locally made wines and dining on local specialities such as migas and cortijeras. The " Dia de Migas " is still celebrated during the last Sunday before Chrsitmas when over 25,000 Spanish and tourists alike descend on the village. Still largely untouched by tourist development the Spanish way of life can still be enjoyed and appreciated.
Steeped in history with roman ruins and thermal baths dating back to the 16th century as well as many historical buildings and monuments such as the Convent and Hermitage of the Virgen de las Nieves ( XVI century ), the towers of its old walled enclosure which according to some historians may have been the birthplace of Almanzor, the Church of San Roque ( XVI c. ), the Hospital of San Jose ( XVIII c. ), as well as the old Mint or the Sugar Factory ( XIX c. ). The other " must see " is the House of the Moorish Kings, which dates from the 18th century and has the most wonderful gardens. From the gardens you can gain access to the underground mines built by Abomelik in the 14th century. Originally it used to have 365 steps but now you will probably be pleased to know that you only have to negotiate 200. Inside are several rooms used as dungeons and storerooms.
For the more energenic there are plenty of activities to choose like hiking in the local countryside, horseriding in the Sierras or touring the local villages to sample their wines and cuisine. Back on the coast, there are quad and motorbike excursions available. In addition there is a wide choice of hotels and and sel catering accommodation available. Torrox Costa is also the site of the remains of a Roman necropolis and villa located immediately west of the lighthouse, protected by a transparent glass floor offering an unusual insight into its design and layout. There are the usual array of water activities, plenty of shops and restaurants to explore or you can simply stretch out on the sandy beach and have a well deserved siesta in the year round warm climate this area has become famous for ( averaging 30 degrees in the summer months ).