Torrox prides itself on having the best climate in Europe – an attractive microclimate thanks to the mountains and sea that together keep things from getting excessively hot in summer or uncomfortably cold in winter. When you go to the village, it lives up to its reputation, as you climb the winding road to the town of Torrox, you’ll enjoy clear skies and sunshine.
Torrox is a municipality in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia southern Spain. It belongs to the comarca of Axarquía. It is located in the Costa del Sol, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the foothills of the Sierra de Almijara.
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Coastal village – Torrox Costa
The coastal area of Torrox stretches for 3 kms and at the heart of the resort is the Paseo Maritimo a flat pedestrianised promenade. Starting at El Faro or the lighthouse the promenade runs west along the entire length of the main beach Playa Ferrara Most of Torrox’s shops, bars and restaurants are to be found either along the Paseo Maritimo or in amongst the apartment buildings that stretch back to the main coast road.
To the east of El Faro is the less developed side of Torrox Costa. Whilst there are apartments here in various stages of completion, the general facilities are not yet in place. However this stretch of coast has an appeal of its own.
Here the beaches are more rugged and natural where it is still possible to pull your car off the road and park virtually on the beach.
With a good selection of merenderos or beach cafes this stretch of coast has been likened by some to the Pacific coastline of California.
Torrox Costa is very much a beach resort. However a stroll along the promenade to the lighthouse will give you the opportunity to see some of the important roman remains first discovered here in the 1970’s.
These include the Roman Necropolis and Thermal baths and the fish salting factory.
Inland village – Torrox Pueblo
Like most of the villages in the region Torrox has Arabic origins with a labyrinth of narrow winding streets of white washed houses radiating up and out from the main square. The atmosphere is of a small town quietly going about its business and successfully retaining its character. Tourism has not greatly affected the Pueblo and even in high season the village is a calm and peaceful place to visit.
Places of interest include the 16th century churches Iglesia de la Encarnacion built on the site of the original village mosque and Iglesia de San Roque. Also from the same century and worth a visit is the Ermita de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves. Other buildings important to the village’s past are the 18th century Custom House & Mint and the 19th century Casa de la cultura.