Capital of La Axarquia, Velez-Malaga in Malaga province often simply referred to as Velez. It is the centre of an agricultural region known for its strawberries and vineyards, which produce the muscatel grapes from which the famous Malaga wines are made. The town of Velez-Malaga which is located some 4 km inland from the bustling beaches of Torre del Mar. If you are in Velez on a Thursday, take time to wander around its weekly market, always an enjoyable experience.
Ayuntamiento de Velez-Malaga
Plaza Carmelitas 12, 29700 Velez-Malaga (Malaga)
|Health Clinic||Bars, shops, restaurants||Schools||Municipal pool||Beach
|Golf nearby||Antequera 84Km
Malaga 49Km Granada 90Km Seville 243Km
|Bus and train
Aside from it being a market city, Velez-Malaga in Malaga part of Axarquia also has some interesting tourist attractions like the Palace of El Marques de Beniel, Church of Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion, La Casa Cervantes (home of the famous playwright, Miguel de Cervantes de Saavedra), Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, and even the remnants of an Arab fort.
- Semana Santa – Velez-Malaga boasts the province’s most spectacular Semana Santa (Holy Week) processions. 19 ‘brotherhoods’ known as Cofradias take it in turns during the week to parade their ‘trono’ around the streets of old Velez, to the music of the trumpet and cornet. Each ‘trono’; a giant float bearing huge statues of Jesus Christ or the Virgin Mary, is carried by the men of the cofradia and each one has a set route, starting with the ‘salida’ (departure) and ‘encierro’ (closure) at a specific time.
- September – Velez-Malaga’s fair runs over the last weekend of September
- 28 September – San Miguel (Saint Michael) is a local holiday. Expect to see ladies and girls in traditional Malaguenas flamenco dresses and different ‘casetas’ offering food, drink, music and more. At night the festivities move to the ground next to the El Ingenio shopping centre with a more casetas and fairground attractions.