Torre del Mar lies only 30 minutes from Malaga and is the coastal beach resort for Velez Malaga. Its beauty and splendour is the reason its population swells from 21.000 to 150.000 from June to September. Its 4 kilometres of beaches have been improved by a very impressive promenade stretching all the way to Caleta de Velez which is a wonderful port with over 200 births offering sailing and water sports. The town has developed its attractions to cope with the demand of tourism and has many bars and chiringuitos on the beach serving fresh barbequed fish and ice cold beers. The whole of Paseo de Larios has now been pedestrianised to make a tranquil promenade with numerous pavement cafes and restaurants.
Torre del Mar has a history which is reputed to go back to an ancient Greek settlement known as Mainake which was destroyed by the Carthaginians. Tombs of the Carthaginians have been found at the mouth of the river Velez. The whole coastal area is a historians dream, from the Phoenician tombs in Algarrobo to Torre del Mar and its Greek settlement. Torre del Mar remained as a small fishing village until its development in the 1970s.
Image by Bryan Ledgard.