Located to the west of Malaga, the town of Velez Malaga has a population of over 73,000 people and stands 60 metres above sea level. Only a kilometre or so away from the coast, the town is one of Spain’s hidden gems and is definitely worth a visit on your travels across the Costa del Sol. It’s easy to miss but is a charming town filled with all the amenities you could wish for.
About the area
Considered the gateway to La Axarquia – the inland area to the east of the Malaga province – Velez Malaga is a large Spanish town featuring narrow streets and a number of beautiful white-washed buildings. It also has all the typical amenities – bars, restaurants, shops – and serves as a commercial hub for all the surrounding villages in the La Axarquia.
What to see
Located on the outskirts of Velez Malaga, El Ingenio shopping centre offers a great range of shops and restaurants. There is also ample parking available there, and it’s not too far a walk from the beach.
You should also make sure to check out the 13th century Fortaleza de Velez-Malaga – a stunning fortress which has towered over the Velez skyline for more than a thousand years. It truly is a sight to behold, and is often described as the town’s most iconic thing to see by tourists and locals alike.
There are also a number of historical buildings and churches to see, as well as the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga – a museum of contemporary art.
How to get there
Getting to Velez Malaga is relatively easy by car or bus: simply follow the dual carriageway all the way past Nerja until you get to Velez Malaga. This dual carriageway is actually sandwiched between the sea and the mountain, so it’s easy to know whether you are on the right one or not!
When you get there, it’s a good idea to use a sat nav or GPS to get around, as it can become quite disorientating. However, if you do get lost, simply head towards the mountains and you’ll usually find the dual carriageway again pretty quickly.
Unfortunately, there is no train service in the area, but there are taxis in case you need them.