Velez-Malaga could be described as a mixture of landscapes, strategically placed, it dominates La Axarquia.
Temperature, annual average: 18°
In this locality, which dates back to Pre History, we can find old Iberian, Phoenician, Carthaginian, Greek and Roman settlements. The famous town of Mainike was located in the Penon hill. A great number of celebrities, for example Estrabon, Aveino and Ptolomeo wrote about this town. During the Arab period Velez-Malaga was one of the most important centres in Granada. Its' fortress was destroyed by the French during the Peninsula War - Guerra de la Independencia. However, we can still visit some remaining parts of the fortress such as the Puerta Real and Puerta de Antequerra, and the tower Torre del Homenaje. Today we can also see churches such as Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion and the Igelsia de Santa Maria la Mayor - all built over ancient mosques. Other sights of interest are the convents of San Francisco, Las Claras, and Las Carmelitas, the palace Palacio de Marques de Beniel, the hospital, Hospital de San Marcos, the fountain Fuente de Ferdinando VI, and the house of the spanish writer Cervantes.
Torre del Mar, old fishing village, is today a magnificent tourist centre with a splendid promenade. Next to the mouth of the River Velez we find Phoenician and Carthagininan tombs.
The Holy Week in Velez-Malaga plays an important role. Other interesting celebrations are the festival of the cross, Fiesta de la Cruz on May 3rd, the Veladilla del Carmen in July, and the fair of San Miguel in September. Torre del Mar, as well as the other villages in the area celebrate their own fiestas.