Size: 50 Km?
Population: Approx. 11,000
Residents known as: Torroxe?os
Monuments: Plaza de la Constituci?n, Church of Ntra. Se?ora de la Encarnaci?n, Convent of Ntra. Sra. de las Nieves, Shrine of San Roque.
Geographical situation: In the Axarqu?a, at the foot of the Sierra Tejeda and Sierra Almijara, 49 kilometres from Malaga and 23 from V?lez, at 145 metres above sea level.
Tourist information: Town Hall, Plaza de la Constituci?n, 1. 29770.
Phone: 952 538 200 Fax: 952 538 100

The name of the town derives from the Arabic word for a tower, but the history of Torrox goes back a long way before Moorish times, to the 1st century A.D. We know this from archaeological remains found in the mouth of the river Torrox. The Phoenicians settled here, and after them, the Romans. The remains of a Roman fish conservation factory, named Claviclum, was discovered in the area, from where the celebrated "garum" was exported to Rome. The Moorish prince Abd-el-Rahamn Ben Muawiya, last representative of the Omeya dynasty in flight from Damascus, arrived in Torrox in 755, after having landed at Almu??car, to unite with his own Al-Andalus brethren. He then gathered a large army of men and advanced on Archidona, where he was proclaimed Emir of the Believers in March of 756. Abd-el-Rahman was the first independent Emir and Caliph of Cordoba, and his dynasty lasted three centuries of culture, art, commerce and agricultural advancement. But the population of Torrox was not happy with his rule, and things came to a head at the end of the 9th century with the rebellion lead by Omar Ben Hafsun against the Cordoba Caliphate. The Caliph Abd-el-Rahman laid siege to the Castel of Torrox in 914, capturing the rebels and burning the ships that came to their assistance on the coast. A completely Muslim population grew up in the town in the 11th century, dependent on the Frigiliana leadership. Torrox was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1487 after the fall of V?lez M?laga, but the victory was not consolidated until a year later. The Catholic Monarchs awarded the town with the title "Muy Noble y Muy Leal Villa de Torrox" (Very Noble and Very Loyal?) in the year 1503, and Queen Isabel I authorised the building of a watch tower in the town as protection against coastal pirates. A series of earthquakes destroyed part of the town in 1884 and 1885.

Marisquer?a Antonio. International cuisine and home cooking. Paseo Mar?timo, Bloque 85. Tel: 952 530 899. Torrox Costa.
El Chicle. International cuisine. Ctra. de M?laga-Almer?a, s/n. Tel: 952 530 173. Torrox Costa.
La Reja. Specialising in roast suckling pig (by prior reservation), kid and baby lamb. Ctra. de M?laga-Almer?a,Edf. Medina. Tell: 952 532 794. Torrox Costa.
Pata Negra. Cocina de Mercado. Urb.Laguna Beach, local 20. Tel: 952 530 125. Torrox Costa.

Hotel Costamar (2*). C.N. 340. El Morche. Torrox. Tel/Fax: 952 530 049.
Hotel Santa Rosa (2*). C.N. 340. El Morche. Torrox. Tel/Fax: 952 530 838.
Hotel Rural Cortijo Amaya. C.N. 340. Torrox-Costa. Tel: 952 530 245.
Camping El Pino. El Pino s/n, Pe?oncillo. Tel: 952 530 006.


Torrox has a busy festive calendar all the year round, its most important festival being from October 4th and 8th. The Fiesta de las Migas takes place on the last Sunday before Christmas, a festival in which visitors to the town can sample this exquisite dish accompanied by a glass of wine from the area and music and dancing in the streets. Carnival time is February, a festival that had been allowed to fade out in years gone by, but now recuperated for the enjoyment of everybody. In spring there is Holy Week, and later on, in May, the Cruces de Mayo. Local custom demands that one tries the arrop?a, a type of syrup of Moorish origin. On June 13th there is the Festival of San Antonio, which is especially relevant in the barrio of Ntra. Sra. de las Nieves. The Night of San Juan is on June 24th, and the local tradition here is to head for the beach and wash away the evil spirits. The festival in honour of the Virgen de las Nieves and San Roque, patron saints of the town, take place on August 5th, and finally, the festival of the Candelaria, with lighted candles in the streets, takes place in September.

The most traditional dish in Torrox is the migas, delicacies fried in breadcrumbs, around which an annual festival has been organised. These are accompanied by sardines, cod, clams and olives, according to taste. The ajoblanco, an Andalusian soup, is also very popular here, and this often comes enriched with grapes. Torrox has it own special salad, and papas a lo pobre, a delicious potato dish, is also a speciality of the area. The wine doughnuts are eaten at Christmas, and the local arrop?a (syrup) is cooked for the Cruces de Mayo.

 
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