One day Zeus saw Europa playing on the beaches of Sidon, Inflamed with love for its beauty, he transformed into a white bull and sat at the foot of the doncella. Here, after overcoming the initial shock and after checking the meekness of the animal , he caressed it and ended up riding on his back, when the false bull failed to take to the sea, and quickly go to Crete. There he met the girl next to a fountain, under a banana, in honor of these loves, it acquires the privilege of never losing leaves ..... This is what the legend says, and what you want to represent the statue in the gardens of the Fort Bezmiliana house in the town of Rincon de la Victoria from Málaga. The statue is the work of Joseph Seguiri.
At the entrance to the town of Nerja (on the old N-340 route from Almeria), is the Rapto de Europa Sculpture by the sculptor Aurelio Teno. It was built in the year 1986 in commemoration of the entrance of Spain to what was then the European Economic Community. The monument consists of a group of bronze sculptures behind arched doors made from whitewashed masonry, all within a small landscaped roundabout.
After visiting the town of Algarrobo, we headed to the next town in the Axarquia on a road almost completely bordered by almond blossoms. Before reaching Sayalonga, one of the villages of the Route of Sun and Wine, we stumbled upon this interesting monument to peace, Placi de Gaona. The monument itself is original and surprising .. at least to me but I have posted the pictures here so you can judge for yourself.
In the heart of Paseo Real is the statue of one of the heroes of Antequera. On a pedestal, covered in marble by his side and many plaques dedicated to his memory is a figure standing in bronze. Some details are reminiscent their tragic end, as black crowns adorning the base. Vicente Moreno was born in the year 1773 and distinguished himself for bravery in the War of Roussillon in the Fixed Regiment of Malaga. In the year 1809 he was promoted to Captain and sent to Sierra Morena, in the battle of Ocana. Arquillos The regiment was destroyed and he became a guerrilla who fought against the French invasion until he was captured and executed in the year 1810. It is a man who lived, fought and died to defend his morals. His figure has been chosen to chair the Royal Promenade, which hosts the most important events in the city.
The Verdiales is a song-dance typical of the province of Malaga, especially in the area of Montes and the Axarquia. Each "Verdiales panda" brings musicians who usually play the tambourine, violin, castanets, cymbals, guitars .. And the panda´s musician is called "fiestero". The Comares Verdiales are reputed to be among the best in the province, and its style is distinguished as it is faster to sing. For all these reasons there is a monument in honour of the "fiestero", which is part of the local´s culture and another feature of the town.
The Balcon de Europa that we know today used to be called the Paseo la Bateria, a defensive fort from which potential enemies travelling from North Africa could be spotted, allowing the people of Nerja to anticipate attacks and fire cannons. On December 25, 1884, an earthquake hit the Alhama geological fault, and caused massive destruction, particularly to the two sides of the Tejeda and Almijara located in Nerja as a suspended cliff overlooking a series of sandy coves and crystal clear waters. A royal delegation came to visit Nerja in the wake of the disaster, and King Alonso XII arrived on the 12 January 1885. During his visit, and after traveling all over the place, he proposed changing the name of this spot to the Balcon de Europa, in honour of its unparalleled views over the Mediterranean. A bronze statue shows King Alfonso XII (The Peacemaker), leaning on the railing in an attitude of rest. A bronze plaque placed by the City Council on February 23, 2003, recalls the above mentioned fact.