Inside the church on the back side you will find the museum of La virgen de los Remedios where you can see the history and things donated by people of city of Cártama.
The parish church of San Pedro, whose construction date is written on an inscription on the main facade with the year 1502, is situated in the town square, where the orange trees give an Andalusian atmosphere appropriate to the Guadalhorce valley. It consists of three naves with a coffered Mudejar style ceiling. The reredos, altar and images are of more recent epochs and apart from the wooden choir, don’t have much artistic interest. Outside the church is the quadrangular based tower, with three bodies and crowned with Arab tiles and on each angle there is a type of pinnacle as a decorative element.
The way up to the hermitage is steep and winding, allowing for spectacular views over the surrounding countryside of the Guadalhorce Valley. It dates from the 16th century, coinciding with an apparition of the Virgin on that spot and the news of a plague in Cártama at the same time that the Virgin was being brought out in procession. In a short time the sick were miraculously cured, and as a result the Virgin was named La Virgen de Los Remedios. The present building does not, however, date from that time, the present-day Camarín de la Virgen and the steeple of the hermitage being of 18th century design and the interior neo-Baroque decoration of a later period.
If you driving from Malaga to Cartama, take the a 357 and then take the way out to Cartama. Is about 15 km aprox from Malaga
There are frecuent bus services from Malaga bus station, tickets cost 1 euro something per trip. Buy your ticket on tickets sale and go to platform number 23 to take the bus.
On the peak of the hill which the NUESTRA SENORA DE LOS REMEDIOS or 'Chapel of the Remedios" was erected, there are still ruins of the ancient castle fortress of Cartama.
Fondest memory: Hans, Wim (Hans' brother) and I decided to explore the little town of Cartama. As we walked through town, we noticed a steep path leading up the hill. I went about half way up and stopped, but the boys continued on up to the fortress. I must say, there were some pretty nice views from up there.
Favorite thing: This area was occupied by Tartesides and Phoenicians and reached great splendour with the Romans. It seems that the Phoenicians gave the town its first name - Cartha, meaning 'hidden city'. Later the Romans called it Cartima, converting it into a municipality in 195 B.C. and endowing it with powerful defences.
Cartama is situated at the foot of two small sierras - Espartales at 400 metres and Llana at 405 metres, which together form the Sierra de Cartama.
Nearby towns include Alhaurin de la Torre, Benalmadena, Coin, Mijas, Ojen and the city of Torremolinos.