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Maro is a small locality of roman origin that belongs to the municipality of Nerja in the province of Malaga. Nowadays it’s mainly agricultural although its tourism has increased due to its proximity to several places of interest and to its well-known natural beaches.
History of Maro
As far as it is known, Maro was a small hamlet or factory dedicated to the trade during the Roman period. Later on with the Muslim dominion, Maro became a small village dedicated to agriculture, mainly cultivating the sugar cane.
The Christian armies’ conquest around the year 1487 and the subsequent expulsion of the moors brought the entrance of their beliefs and the popular folklore.
Just for the record, there is evidence of the visit of the Cardinal Cisneros to this area, who slept in a fortified tower, where today the ‘Casa Grande’ is located.
One of the most prosperous periods in Maro took place during 19th century, due to the exportation of its fruits.
Festivities and Folklore in Maro
Maro hosts a series of festivities that may interest the visitor:
- San Antón festivity: Celebrated on the 16th and 17th of January
- Carnivals: In February
- Semana Santa (Holy Week): Towards the end of March and beginning of April
- Cruces de Mayo (Crosses of May): 3rd of May
- San Juan day: A celebration in which they light bonfires and the people tend to camp on the beach all night on the 23rd of June, eating and drinking
- Festival of the Nerja Cave: >From the 20th to the 24th of June
- Feria de las Maravillas (Fair of the Wonders) in Maro: From the 8th to the 11th of September
- Maroween: Maro’s style Halloween on the 31st of October
- Christmas festivity: December
Tourist Attractions in Maro
Maro hosts some natural landscapes that are well worth visiting, as well as its beaches and cliffs. Amongst its beaches we’ll find the following:
- ‘Cantarriján’ beach
- ‘Cañuelo’ beach
- Pine beach
- Paper Windmill beach
- Friar Rock beach
- Fat Hill cliffs
- Hill of the Cove
- Wolf’s Rock
In Maro we’ll find the ‘Rio de la Miel’ (river of honey), underwater grottos and caves, picturesque paths and trails that we’ll be able to perambulate whilst we enjoy its wonderful views.
If you like ancient ruins, in Maro you’ll find:
- Aqueduct of the Eagle, from the 19th century
- Watchtower of ‘Cerro Gordo’ (16th century)
- Tower of ‘la Caleta’ (16th century)
- Maro’s watchtower (16th century)
The typical dishes in Maro are related with the fish of this area and the tropical fruits. We recommend you to try the ‘encebollado de atún’ (a dish of tuna with onions), the ‘parrilladas’ (a mixture of grilled food) y the ‘frituras’ (a mixture of fried fish).
How to get to Maro
You can get to Maro in about 50 minutes (70 km.) from Malaga airport. If you need a car you can check out our car hire prices to get from Malaga to Maro in the most comfortable way.
On the map below it shows the recommended route to get to Maro from Malaga airport:
Tourist information about Maro:
Town council: C/ Puerta del Mar, 2 - 29780.
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