Torre del Mar

Located in the vibrant heart of the eastern Costa del Sol, Torre del Mar is a prominent district of Vélez-Málaga. Its proximity to Rincón de la Victoria and the charming villages of the Axarquía, each with its own character and charm, makes it a tourist destination of choice. It offers a wide variety of accommodations, from boutique hotels to cosy bed and breakfasts, ensuring a memorable holiday experience for all visitors.

Beach in Torre del Mar

History of Torre del Mar

The Phoenician remains discovered in Torre del Mar attest to the presence of settlements from time immemorial, around the 5th century BC. During the Roman era, the area was known as Maenoba and stood out for its trade in salted fish and garum.

Thanks to its natural harbour, Torre del Mar became a crucial trading point for the region. The first written mention of Torre del Mar dates back to the 10th century, in the memoirs of Ab-Dallah, a king of Granada, who refers to this place as Mariyyat Ballis.

From the 15th century onwards, Torre del Mar acquired a significant military character. New dwellings were built around a castle of Muslim origin, which was refurbished and used to defend the coast after the Christian conquest. Although the castle is no longer in good condition, some of its remains can still be seen.

In the middle of the 18th century, the port of Torre del Mar was closed in favour of the port of Malaga, which led the population to depend exclusively on fishing until 1854, when the cultivation of sugar cane began thanks to the opening of a factory, which is now completely destroyed.

The city began to take its definitive form in the 19th century, divided into four neighbourhoods. At the beginning of the 20th century, the arrival of the train and the construction of roads facilitated the development of the area.

With the arrival of tourism, investment was made in Torre del Mar, creating a promenade that transformed the first line of the beach and became one of the main tourist attractions of Torre del Mar.

Tourism in Torre del Mar

Torre del Mar, a charming destination on the Costa del Sol, offers a rich mix of history, culture, and natural beauty. From historical monuments to stunning beaches, there is something for everyone. Here are some of the most notable places of interest:

Sugar Museum

A tribute to the factory that once drove the economic growth of the area.

The factory building, which has become an indisputable and emblematic icon of the industrial heritage of the Malaga coast, was rehabilitated in 1993 for its conservation. Today, it houses a multicultural space that includes art exhibitions and a history museum.


Old Lighthouse of Torre del Mar

The lighthouse, despite being located among community buildings, retains an authentic beauty that could be more highlighted. Currently, the lighthouse's light is not in operation. However, the structure of the lighthouse is maintained in excellent condition. Inside, visitors can find an exhibition that includes models and representative elements of the area. Map

Beach of Torre del Mar

The Beach of Torre del Mar is a popular destination for both visitors and locals alike. This urban dark sand beach is located in the heart of the city and extends along about 2 kilometres. It is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and its popularity during the high season.

In addition to being an ideal place for sunbathing and swimming, the Beach of Torre del Mar also offers a variety of activities and services. Visitors can enjoy water sports, walks along the promenade, and a selection of nearby restaurants and bars.

The beach is easily accessible and is well equipped with facilities such as showers and toilets. During the summer, there are also lifeguards on duty to ensure the safety of bathers.


Aquavelis Water Park

The Aquavelis Water Park, located in Torre del Mar, is the perfect place for a day of family fun. This water park offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages, from exciting slides and wave pools to quiet areas for relaxation.

In addition to the water attractions, Aquavelis also has a wide range of services, including restaurants, shops, and picnic areas, making it an ideal destination to spend the whole day.

The park opens its doors in June and remains open until September. During the summer months, the park is open from 11:00 until 18:00 or 19:00, depending on the month.


El Ingenio Shopping Centre

The El Ingenio Shopping Centre, located in Torre del Mar, is a popular shopping destination that offers a wide variety of shops and restaurants. With more than 130 commercial premises spread over two floors, visitors can find almost all the top fashion brands, furniture stores, accessories, perfumeries, as well as a great gastronomic offer in its restaurants and cafeterias.

In addition to the shops, the shopping centre also houses a cinema with 12 screens where the latest releases are shown, and an Eroski hypermarket, making it a convenient place for all shopping and entertainment needs.

The El Ingenio Shopping Centre is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00, providing flexibility for visitors.


San Francisco Market

A place where you can find fresh and delicious local products. Map

Natural Area Desembocadura del Río Vélez

The Natural Area Desembocadura del Río Vélez is a place of great ecological and landscape interest. It is located near the mouth of the Río Vélez, providing a unique habitat for a wide variety of bird species, reptiles and mammals.

The Río Vélez has a short course, like most rivers in the southern basin. It originates in the mountains of Alfarnate and Periana and after its damming in the middle/high course (La Viñuela reservoir) it runs through the Vega de Vélez Málaga to flow into the vicinity of Torre del Mar.

This natural area is a true oasis of greenery next to the big city, which also has great ornithological interest for being one of the most important stopover and rest points in the region for coastal migratory birds.

In addition, the possibility of increasing its environmental protection is being studied. Although it cannot be declared a natural area, the Junta de Andalucía has committed to studying its declaration as a natural or ecological reserve, to guarantee its conservation.

In summary, the Natural Area Desembocadura del Río Vélez is a place of great ecological value and an essential destination for nature lovers.


Nightlife in Torre del Mar

Torre del Mar offers a variety of options to enjoy an unforgettable night. Here are some of the most notable places:

Pubs and Nightclubs

The best pubs and nightclubs in Torre del Mar are located near the sea, offering a perfect combination of music, dancing, and stunning views.

Gastronomic Route

Before going out to enjoy the night, you can take a small gastronomic route through Avda. Andalucía, where you will find numerous establishments that offer a beer plus a tapa for just 1 euro.

Popular Nightclubs

Among the most popular nightclubs in Torre del Mar are Sala Gaultiers, Bononbos in the most liberal area, and Bahía Tanit, where you can enjoy good music and sea views.

El Copo Area

El Copo is the preferred place for young people during the night in Torre del Mar. Here you will find the best pubs and different shows are offered throughout the week.

Fair and Festivals in Torre del Mar

The Torre del Mar Fair, also known as the Santiago and Santa Ana Fair, is one of the most anticipated celebrations of the year in this charming town on the Costa del Sol. It is celebrated every year at the end of July.

This fair is an explosion of light, colour and joy, a true display of the vitality and festive spirit of Andalusia.

The Torre del Mar Fair offers a wide range of attractions for all audiences. From exciting mechanical attractions and delicious food stalls to live music and traditional dances.

One of the most notable events of the fair is the procession of the Virgin of Carmen, both in the streets of the village and by the sea. This procession has been declared a Fiesta of Tourist Interest of Andalusia.

Torre del Mar Festival

The Torre del Mar Festival, also known as the Weekend Beach Festival, is one of the most notable music events in the region. This festival attracts music lovers from all over and offers a wide variety of musical genres, from rock to electronic music. The festival is celebrated annually during the summer, specifically in the first week of July.

How to Get to Torre del Mar

If you decide to visit Torre del Mar, there are several options to reach this charming destination on the Costa del Sol:

By Bus

There are several bus lines that connect Malaga with Torre del Mar. Here are some of them:

  • M-260 Malaga-Vélez Malaga
  • M-362 Malaga-Nerja
  • M-363 Malaga-Torrox
  • M-364 Malaga-Periana
  • M-365 Malaga-Rio Gordo

By Taxi or Rental Car

From Malaga airport, you can take a taxi or rent a car in Malaga to get to Torre del Mar. Both options offer you the comfort and flexibility to travel at your own pace.

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