Torrox, located on the east coast of the province of Malaga, is increasingly becoming a tourist destination to be considered for visitors looking to escape from the overcrowding. Located in the Axarquia region, this village also has a coastal district called Torrox Costa.
Do you know the best of Torrox? It is our pleasure to introduce you to the village with the best climate in Europe. According to several studies, this municipality has the most ideal climate in Europe.
Beautiful white village in Malaga, with the best climate in Europe, quality beaches and the tranquillity offered by the eastern Costa del Sol. Do you need more arguments to visit it? Then read on, because it has them.
History of Torrox
Although it is believed to have been previously inhabited by a Phoenician colony, the first remains found in Torrox correspond to a Roman settlement. Next to it has been found an ancient factory of the appreciated “garum”, a sauce made in the region and very much appreciated in Rome.
After the Muslim invasions, the people of Torrox rebelled against the Caliphate of Córdoba, joining the Mozarabic rebels. In 914 Abderramán III took the castle of Torrox, capturing all the rebels and thus putting an end to the bulk of the rebellion.
The Christian Reconquest led to the flight of the Moorish inhabitants of the area due to the harsh conditions imposed on them. From the 16th century onwards, sugar cane cultivation began to expand in the area, accounting for 82% of the total sugar cane plantation.
During the Spanish War of Independence there was also a presence of Napoleonic troops, who occupied the castle of Arab origin until the last days of the war.
What to see and do in Torrox
What to do in Torrox
Calaceite Watchtower: as part of the Moorish defensive network of La Axarquía, this 16th century structure also served to control the movements at sea, both of enemies and pirates.
Remains of the castle of Torrox: There are still some remains of the old castle of Torrox, which served as a defence for the Mozarabic rebels and the French invaders. The latter, in their flight from the region, left only the gate and the keep standing.
Lighthouse Roman site: Adjacent to the Torrox lighthouse, next to the beach, are the remains of a Roman settlement that was established in the area from the 1st to the 4th century.
What to do in Torrox
Cycling along the coast: along the entire coastline there are several cycle lanes or areas where you can cycle without any problems. Under the sun, the sea breeze and unforgettable views, you can enjoy a different kind of outdoor activity.
Beaches of Torrox: With a subtropical climate, the beaches of the region are a real attraction for any visitor. With the distinctive blue flag sign, its beaches are some of the most highly valued of all those on the Costa del Sol.
Popular festivals and gastronomy
San Juan: on the 23rd of June its beaches become an ideal setting to bring some food and drink, and spend a beautiful night amidst bonfires on this traditional night celebrated all along the Spanish coast.
Cruces de Mayo (May Crosses): during this celebration, the beautiful white village dresses up with its best flowers decorating patios, gardens, balconies and windows. A spectacle to see the villages of the region during this festival.
Día de las Migas: celebrated on the 18th of December, this is a beautiful festivity in which migas of many varieties are made and offered to visitors, both locals and tourists. Below we tell you how they are made in Torrox.
Romería de San Antonio: an open-air festival where you can sample typical dishes and sweet wines of the area, held on 13 June.
Virgen del Carmen: in the nearby neighbourhood of El Morche, during the 15th of August, they celebrate this festivity in honour of the virgin, who is carried in procession along the beach itself. During the festivities you will find concerts and various activities, such as a fishing competition.
As for the most typical gastronomy, we can find the usual dishes in the area, such as fennel stew, ajoblanco or migas (fried breadcrumbs), among others. If you are looking for something more exclusive to this area, you can try the pumpkin stew with fish or the marvellous muscatel grape wine, due to its proximity to the Ruta de la Pasa (Raisin Route).
Wait, are you a fan of migas like me? Don’t worry. In Torrox, a traditional fishing village, they make this hearty and delicious dish with fried “pescaito” typical of the Costa del Sol, instead of using meat products. We know you’re going to try it.
How to get to Torrox
How to get there by bus
Departing from Malaga Bus Station and stopping in the city centre (Muelle Heredia station), depending on the day, the company Alsa offers several daily lines to get to Torrox in just over 1 hour, with several stops along the way.
The cost can be around 5 euros and the frequency on weekdays does not usually extend to more than 2 hours between each trip. Please note that this frequency is for Torrox Costa, if you want to go directly to the village, there are only two journeys a day, one in the morning (around 9.00h) and one at midday (around 13.30h).
How to get there by car
Getting to Torrox by car from the airport or from Malaga is very easy. Following the MA-20 you will connect with the A-7 motorway, which you should follow until you find exit 940, which leads directly to Torrox.
If you have the opportunity, we highly recommend you enjoy this route, as the A-7 is a comfortable and beautiful road that winds through the coastal mountains of the eastern region of the province. It offers exceptional sea views that you can enjoy with your automatic rental car so you don’t have to worry about anything else.
Map of Torrox
In the following map prepared by CarGest we show you all the places you should take into account during your visit to Torrox. Check the location of the points you want to include in your visit and enjoy your stay under the best climate in Europe.
Best time of year to visit: Spring
Not to miss: Strolling along the quiet beaches.
Places to eat nearby: Both Mesón La Terraza and Mibar are two good options where to eat cheaply in Torrox, tasting traditional local food.
For more information about the town you can consult the Torrox Town Hall website: http://www.torrox.es/