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Axarquía Capitol Velez Malaga the largest and most important city in the this region of Andalusia by history, culture and wealth. Above all most of its land is located in the river valley of its name. Consequently the growing crops of fruit, vegetables, subtropical products, sugar cane etc is so important to this region.
Although its origins are earlier, it was in the Arab era that it acquired entity as an important place for its wealth and strategic value. There are also numerous monuments and places of interest such as the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Municipal Palace, the Church of San Juan Bautista, and the Convent of San Francisco . Also The Tower of Homage which is certainly preserved in good condition.
Certainly a Christian tradition in Velez is too defend the presence of St. Peter.
The walls of a Phoenician city have been found near the mouth of the Vélez River on the Toscanos estate, a necropolis on the El Jardín estate and in the Upper Ferris Wheel.
Velez has been a relevant urban center since Roman times. However it is from the Hispanic Muslim period that Velez Malaga settlement takes on its notorious importance.
In the thirteenth century, the fortified city of Vélez, next to that of Comares and Bentomiz castle, appears as one of the highest places in the present province of Malaga. Above all there an alliance was established by the Christian king Ferdinand III, with the Holy One, Nasrid king Al-Hamar.
The chronicles of the traveler Ibn Batuta (1304-1368) describe Velez as a prosperous city, with an active commercial relationship. Above all it was in the Granada kingdom with the Mediterranean city of Mariyya Balis -Atalaya de Vélez- (Torre del Mar) being its commercial port.
In April 1487 the area was conquered by the troops of the Catholic Monarchs. The fall of Vélez Málaga was the key to the subsequent surrender of Malaga.
Port of Torre Del Mar Velez Malaga:
The port town of Torre del Mar grew after this Christian conquest. The castle – still retains part of its walls – Ruí López de Toledo, which protected the port. The distinguished military of the Castilian troops received this military enclave. This was as a result of their actions in the takeover of Vélez in the region of Andalusia.
In 1704, off the coast of the Veleñas, one of the most important naval battles of the War of Succession occurred. The Franco-Spanish squadron and the Anglo-English fleet face off in a tough fight. In short 146 ships and nearly 50,000 men fought.
The skirmish would not give the final victory to any of the opponents. That is to say it ended with the withdrawal of the English and Dutch to the port of Gibraltar and the Franco-Spanish fleet retreated to Malaga.
Another notable episode in the historical chronicle of Velez-Malaga occurs during the War of Independence. In short the Napoleonic troops, in their retreat, blew up the city walls, leaving them practically in ruins.
The earthquake of 1884 affected this area. Moreover this was called the Andalusian Earthquake and it occured on christmas day. The earthquake resulted in six fatalities and a substantial property damage.
Tourism has definitely changed the dynamics of Vélez-Málaga and its annex of Torre del Mar. Likewise this also had a similar effect on the entire municipality. That is to say the economic activity and way of life of its inhabitants has been vastly influenced, in the second half of the twentieth century. This is when the progressive tourist development first began in the sixties. This transformed Velez Malaga into into one of the most outstanding cities of the Mediterranean tourist scene.
The historic center of Vélez-Málaga is declared a historical-artistic complex. There are two opposing hills the fortress of Vélez-Málaga. (This is where the remains of the Tower of the Homage and the church of Santa María la Mayor both stand out) and Cerro de San Cristóbal. This is a church crowned by the hermitage of the Remedios, from where a small architecture is scattered, of cubic shapes in white tones. Consequently these shapes adapt to the terrain, formed by the neighborhoods of “La Villa” and the “Arrabal of San Sebastián“.
The outside walls to the development are from the sixteenth century and present Mudejar and Baroque architecture, with palaces and characteristic residential examples. There is also a series of churches and convents around which form the urban plot. This gives rise to picturesque streets with unique urban perspectives on the monuments that are present there.
There is 25kn of coastlini in Velez Malaga in the region of Andalusia. This consists of a total of nine beaches.
The beach of Chilches,is the westernmost of the municipality. It is a beach of dark sand, moderate swell and semi-urban character.
Continuing eastbound, you will find the beach of Benajarafe, with similar characteristics to Chilches beach. Further along is the beach of Valle Nice. However this is a secluded beach and therefore seldom frequented.
Further east, you will find the beaches of Bajamar and Almayate. These are nudist beaches.
In the urbanized area, is the beach of Torre del Mar, an extensive beach with a family atmosphere and a lot of visitors. there is lots of tourist accommodation in this area. Most importantly during 2010 this beach gained the award “Q” of Tourist Quality.
Further along the coast the beaches of the Arenas and Caleta de Vélez. The port of Caleta de Vélez seperates these 2 beaches. Both are accessible from the promenade and quite crowded. Finally, on the coast of the enclave of Lagos,is the beach of Lagos or Pijil,which is actually a narrow strip of gravel with a few beach services.
There are plans to regenerate the beach of Mezquitilla from an innovative debris treatment plant. To clarify this is through the municipal architect, Pablo Fernández and the Council of Business and Employment. The initiative (endowed with four million euros) in the region of Andalusia has won the European call for urban innovation, with the project called “Brick Beach” . There were 206 other applicants for this grant.
Axarquía Capitol Velez Malaga in the region of Andalusia has its own extensive gastronomy, among which dishes stand out mainly those made during the Holy Week season. In this region it is traditional for fish to be eaten rather than meet. Therefore salted cod is consumed. In short this food is easy to preserve and at the same time its price has always available to the majority of the people.
The most typical dish of this municipality in the region of Andalusia is the ajobacalao, typical of Easter and exclusive to this enclave. The ingredients of Ajobacalao are:
After the Easter processions The dish of Ajobacalao is given to the horquilleros (brotherhood society).
Torre Del Mar and the Axarquía Capitol Velez Malaga in the region of Andalusia have a great selection of good quality restaurants, with a mixture of traditional and international cuisines.
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