The main commercial area in town is the pedestrian street of san Miguel and the same name square, dominated by the church.
It is a Neo-classical simple structure, with the typical white walls as used in Andaluzia.
Friday, February 24, 2012
A group of us from the Bajondillo Hotel in Torremolinos went on a bus tour for the day. Included in the tour was a stop in Antequerra, a ride along a scenic route and lunch in Periana.
Situated 51 km north-east of Malaga, PERIANA lies at an altitude of 547 metres and within the area of Axarquia, on the scenic " Olive Oil Route .
The village dates from 1761 and it began as a simple farming area.
Today, Periana has a population of 3550 residents.
Periana has stunning panoramic views. To the north there are fabulous mountain ranges. To the south is Lake Vinuela (pic #3).
Peaches are the main crop of the region. Verdial Olive Oil is another product for which Periana is renowned. At the restaurant Cantueso (Pic #5) where our Hotel group had lunch, small bottles of olive oil were offered for sale for 2,95 Euros. I bought one to take home.
All in all a great day.
Day trip to Mijas and Ronda
After being herded like cattle around La Alhambra the previous day, we wanted to experience something free and easy. So we hit the road south in our convertible VW hire car and headed towards Mijas and Ronda.
I had heard about these places from lovely LoriPori here on vt and her awesome photos. Well Mijas was very crowded and we could not find a parking spot. Shame because I really liked the look of Mijas. So I guess you need to get here early.
Ronda was fabulous. We still had trouble with parking - check out my travelogue. But I can guarantee that you will just love this place! Hubby and I did. So I can fully recommend that you visit too!
- Road Trip
Day trip to La Alhambra
We booked our tickets and tour to La Alhambra with bookyourtour.com. Because we were not staying in Granada but drove our hire car there, we arranged to be picked up at Hotel Abades Nevada as it was easy to find and parking was no problem in a side street close by. This worked out well.
La Alhambra is definately worth a visit. The only dissapointing bit is that you felt like a herd of cattle being steered here and there and adhering to strict time frames. Well that is because they have so many people visit every day. The fully story is on my Alhambra page.
My advice is that you definately need to pre-book for the best experience.
- Historical Travel
Hire a convertible and hit the road
We had quite a few new experiences on our big Europe holiday like our first canal boat trip in Gent, first horse & buggy ride in Marrakech and first camel ride in the Sahara Desert. Now came the time to experience our first convertible car drive. And what better place to do this than in the Spanish countryside! :o)
So my tip to you is just do it! It's not that expensive and we drove the car to Granada one day to see La Alhambra and then the next day we drove south to see Mijas and Ronda.
Check out my travelogues for the whole story :o)
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Road Trip
The hills behind Torremolinos are dotted with so-called “white villages” or Pueblos Blancos. Many can only be reached by car, but one of the nearest to Torremolinos, Mijas, is just an hour away on the bus, so some of us headed there on Sunday.
We caught the number 121 bus from the bus station; it cost just 1.40€ each way and took just over an hour going and a little less coming back. After leaving the Torremolinos sprawl, it followed an attractive route with views of the sea as we climbed round hairpin bends that seemed almost too tight for the bus to negotiate.
On arrival in Mijas we headed straight to the viewpoint to look down over the route we had taken, before visiting the nearby shrine, dedicated to the Virgin of the Rock, or "Santuario de la Virgen de la Pena" in Spanish. This was built in the 16th century on the spot where a long-lost statue of the Virgin was rediscovered by two children, led here by a dove.
Later we strolled the village streets, popped into a few shops (this appears to be a great place to buy leather) and had a lovely lunch in “La vita e'bella”, before a quick visit to the ethnographic museum in a lovely old house, and then back on the bus for our journey back to Torrremolinos. This all made for a lovely day out, and we really enjoyed our glimpse of another side to Andalucia – so near to the beaches and yet so very different in character.
Visit my small Mijas page to read more about our day out.
Hiking and Walking Trails
Behind Torremolinos are hills and mountains which tend to shelter the town. The mountain range takes in Blanca, Alpujata, Canucha and the Mijas Sierras. There are a number of hiking trails to enjoy as well as just being able to ramble through the forests or be more adventurous and hike along the crags and steep peaks. One of the treks from the town will take you up to the cable car station.
- Hiking and Walking
- Historical Travel
As you drive through the hilly regions of the Costa del Sol you will see an enormous amount of new building going on. Huge resorts and complexes are springing up everywhere, as are golf courses. This whole region lies within the Malaga Province.
The region once had the reputation of being called the 'Costa del Crime'. It was a haven for British gangsters to flee to and use their illegal funds to live in luxury. They remained there untouched for fear of straining the already shaky relations between Britain and Spain over the ownership of Gibraltar.
Location: Costa de Sol
- Hiking and Walking
Costa Del Sol
The Costa del Sol is in the southern region of Spain, literally known as Coast of the Sun. There are many towns and villages dotting the Mediterranean coastline and are popular summertime destinations for those wanting to get just get away to relax in the wonderful climate. With the influx of tourist, these towns have transformed from quiet fishing villages to playgrounds.
Situated just west of Torremolinos, the popular and cosmopolitan tourist area of BENALMADENAwas developed in order to take advantage of its seafront, which houses an attractive harbour and marina.
Located in Andalucia on Spain's Costa del Sol and approximately 12 km west of Malaga, BENALMADENA is easy to reach by road, bus or train.
Benalmadena has three distinct areas:
Benalmadena Pueblo - Old Village
Benalmedena Costa - the beachfront area
Arroyo de la Miel - commercial zone
Benalmadena is one of the best places on the Costa del Col for nightlife. With so many bars, nightclubs shops and restaurants, there is something to suit all tastes.
There are also plenty of things to do for families like the Tivoli World Theme Park. See Penguins and dolphins at Selwo Marina and SeaLife with its touch pools, underwater tunnels and Lost City of Atlantis and which has the biggest shark collection in Europe. Or take a ride in the Cable Car up the 769 metre Monte Calamorro for fabulous views of the coastline.
There is also a Casino at the classy Hotel Torrequebrada.
- Family Travel
FRIGILIANA - LOVELY WHITE VILLAGE
Saturday, January 26, 2008
You can experience the real Spain in the beautiful white village of FRIGILIANA. Narrow cobblestone streets lined by whitewashed houses, their wrought iron balconies filled with planters of brilliant red geraniums. Frigiliana has just recently been discovered by tourists and I have noticed that quite a few tour companies are now including a visit here with a stop in Nerja.
Situated in the foothills of the Sierra de Enmedio, Frigiliana is such a picturesque village to visit.
NERJA -- "BALCONY OF EUROPE"
Wednesday, March 21, 2001
We had heard that the upcoming place to be was NERJA , a beautiful, genuinely Spanish small town, with a population of about 20,000.
Built on a ledge, it offers a splendid view of the varied surroundings so typical of the area.
Nerja was called Narixa -- rich with water -- and exotic fruits such as chirimoya, kiwi and avocado are grown here.
Known as the "Balcony of Europe", Nerja is located 52 kilometres east of Malaga
- Family Travel
Saturday, February 2, 2008
As CORDOBA was still on my list of Spanish cities to visit, Carmen (Carmela71) and Stace (Beach_dog) offered to take us there. It is about a two hour drive from Torremolinos and Malaga, up through scenic mountains and acres of olive trees.
Located in Andalucia, southern Spain, Cordoba is the capital of the Province of Cordoba. On the Guadalquivir River, this historic city was founded in ancient Roman times. During the Arab domination ( 711 to 1263 ) Cordoba was the artistic and cultural center of the "Al-Andalus" Empire and was the thriving capital of the Western Caliphate that governed almost all of the Iberian Peninsula. The Islamic, Jewish and Catholic civilizations left their influences in this Andalucian city.
The Old Town has many impressive architectural reminders of these times and as you take a stroll through the historic quarters of Cordoba, you discover a beautiful network of small streets, squares and whitewashed houses with their colourful courtyards, all arranged around the Mezquita and El Alcazar.
LOVELY WHITE VILLAGE OF MIJAS
Hans and I have been to Mijas four times, and probably the next time we go to Spain we will go to Mijas again. That's how much we like it there. Though it's a lot more touristy now, we both enjoy roaming the little narrow streets and taking in the beautiful white houses. They also now have Flamenco Shows on Wednesday afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m. Hans and I have taken the local bus there. It's about an hour and a half ride from Torremolinos as Mijas is just a short distance from the coast. The bus takes you up a long winding and narrow road. Sometimes the driver had to make complete U-turns. I don't know how he does it.
Mijas has a lot to offer. Check in at the Tourist Information Center when you first arrive, so that you don't miss anything. Some of the highlights of Mijas are the following:
El Compas View Point
Shrine of the Virgin of the Rock
Plaza de Toros
Iglesia de Immaculate Conception
Mijas Burro Taxi