Chilches is a coastal village about 2 kilometers away from the coast and just 20 kilometers away from the capital. 1. View of the bay of Malaga. The urbanization of Anoreta in the foreground and in the background the mountains of Málaga 2. Photo of the mountains 3. Sunset in the mountains of Malaga on a foggy day 4. Panoramic 5. Cortijuelo Street. 6. 7. 8.
During our tour of Velez Malaga, we got to Plaza of the Constitution to see the Church of San Juan Bautista, although we did not get inside (it wasn't possible because it was celebrating the children's First Communion). Although the entire square was filled with relatives and friends of the children, we could admire the outside and learn a little about its history. The Church of San Juan Bautista is Gothic, but over time has been renovated many times. It was built as almost all places in the region, by Catholic Kings back in the XV century. Because these series of reforms, it still has Gothic and Neoclassical details and its giant bell depicts Muslim origin, as it is decorated with tiles and has areas that resemble the minaret of a mosque. The two main covers and side are Neoclassical style, and inside the chapel of the Shrine is Baroque.
The tram from Velez-Malaga to Torre del Mar is the first Andalusian metropolitan railway. It opened on October 11th, 2006. The tram route connects the center of Torre del Mar, from the Church of San Andrés (which is where you'll find this little station) and the Paseo de Larios, with the center of Vélez-Málaga, in Jurado Lorca Park. It's a nice and short trip, only around 4.7 kilometers, on which there are about 9 stops, including one at the Regional Hospital and another in the shopping center El Ingenio. This is an alternative to typical bus rides.
Opened in the year 2001, Baviera Golf is the first golf course to be established in Vélez-Málaga, situated in the area of Caleta de Velez. Bavaria is a golf course designed for all types of handicap. It is an eighteen hole course and enjoys stunning views of the sea and the mountains. It has an area of 6,100 square meters. To get there, you have to take the E-15 motorway towards Malaga to Almeria and take exit 274 towards Caleta de Velez. The approximate prices are: 18 holes € 57 (single), 9 holes € 34 (single) and evening € 47 (single), they have different offers and promotions in the summer months.
Crossing the Arch of the Catholic Kings or Puerta Real de la Villa, we went into the old quarter on Calle Real. The the streets are quite narrow and winding, which is reminiscent of some streets that are in the souks in Morroco or in the surrounding mosques. This is because its Nazari construction. The neighborhood has almost original architecture and the houses facades have been quite well-preserved. And, as is typical in all of the towns in Andalusia, they facades have been bleached a light color. This is a highly recommended visit, and if you go down this road for awhile you'll arrive at the Church of St. Mary and the Museum.
Near Torre del Mar, in the municipality of where the Vélez-Málaga Vélez River flows, is where you'll find this humid place that gets visited by a lot of birds. It's said that more than 245 different species of birds have been observed here, because of its strategic location in the medium way for their migrations. Being in the sun is a very relaxing place to walk around and see the birds, ducks, herons, etc. There's also a good fishing area here.
In Caleta de Velez, in the municipality of Velez-Malaga, is where the small fishing Parish of the Virgen del Carmen lies. It's next to the road through the village (the 340), near the sea, and is a newly constructed building. Now, in the 20th century, every August 16th on the Feast of Our Lady of Carmen, there's a procession that's carried out by the Guild of Fishermen who take the image of the Virgin to the beach, raising it onto a boat and taking it on a tour of the sea, and fishing port, among dozens of fishing boats, followed by the townspeople and visitors.
In the Barrio del Pilar Velez-Malaga, is another one of the historical monuments of the city, the Hospital of St. John of God. Hospital San Juan de Dios, was constructed by order of the Catholic Kings after the conquest of the city.During the 19th century it was used as a hospital, and for almost a century, it was nursing home for nuns of the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, but since 98, it has become dependent on the City. Inside is a lovely Mudejar style courtyard filled with pots of flowers, where I could see the sun some elderly people talking, who gave me permission to look inside. The old hospital also has a lovely rococo dressing room from the 18th century.
Trapiche is a mostly urban farm that has about 712 inhabitants, which arose in the 18th century, specifically in 1724, and is located just a few kilometers north of Velez-Malaga on highway C-335. The houses here tend to be below the ground floor (although today you can already see some buildings that are somewhat higher), and are located on the sides of the road. The town's main monument is the small church of the Parish of San Isidro. It owes its name to the sugar-extracting "mill" that was built in 1728.
The San Isidro de Trapiche Church was built between 1857 and 1860, and it has a rectangular nave that's covered by a dome. In the front there's a large arched door with a half-finished tip and on it there's a small shrine that holds an image of the saint who gives the church its name, San Isidro. The painter Francisco Hernandez, who was born in Melilla in 1932, was self-taught, and in 1945 he drew a Via Crucis, which is kept inside the church.
In the town of Lagos, in Vélez-Málaga, there's a village by the sea that's divided into two parts along the N-340 highway. We can see the sea right next to a small white chapel, which I believe still serves as a place of worship. At the back there's a lounge for other uses and it seems that it was also used in their school days. What caught my attention in this small church was that its location was so close to the sea. It's on a narrow street a few meters away from the beach and close to the shore.
Next to Teatro del Carmen in Velez-Malaga, is this bronze monument dedicated to the memory of Antonio Ortega Escalona, better known as "Juan Breva", and certainly the greatest singer in the history of the province of Málaga. In Madrid, he sang every night at three different cafes (El Imparcial, Barquillo and El teatro Príncipe Alfonso) and had a clause in his contract requiring that his performance had to be paid in gold. When he was called to sing before King Alfonso XII in the palace, the king paid him with gold pins or cufflinks. The poets Ruben Dario and Federico García Lorca wrote poems inspired by him and his singing. Despite his success, he died in poverty. There was not even enough money for his funeral, there had to be a collection among his friends. After his death, he remained forgotten for a while but now he is acknowledged and has been given the deserved recognition.
The retail market in Velez Malaga, is in a nice place in the city, near the monuments, and on the same street you can also find some lovely mansions, some of them in bad condition, but still you can see its architecture, an example of civil architecture of the city of the 16th and 17th centuries. The visits to the markets of the cities, are interesting and we can see what products are the most exposed, and often coincides with the typical dishes of the region as well as the production of their gardens. One kiosk that caught my attention was that of "bones salted" strips of salted ribs, marrow bones and "stale ass", all from the pig, and used in Andalusia to "whitewash" and to flavor one of their star dishes .... "the pot" or "cooked Andalusian"
Caleta de Velez Beach is a quiet beach that has some pebbles, but your feet will be able to handle it. It's a highly recommended beach with parking nearby, as well as clean water, and lots of fish to keep the kids entertained on shore.