Torre del Mar
Torre del Mar is a largish seaside town and busy summer beach resort on the Costa del Sol, boasting one of the longest, and certainly one of the widest, beaches along the coast.
The beach, known in general as Playa de Torre del Mar, runs along the entire length of the town and stretches almost 4 kilometres to the neighbouring resort of Caleta de Vélez.
Running parallel to the beach is the splendid promenade (paseo marítimo) with a wide walking area, cycle lane, grassy areas, play areas for children and, of course, numerous chiringuitos and other watering holes.
Torre del Mar is also very Spanish in character although, as with most places these days, you will find quite an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants.
Being a commercial resort, there are shops of every size, shape and type for those wishing to indulge in a bit of retail therapy as well as regular street markets. The El Ingenio shopping centre is only a short distance away in Vélez-Málaga.
The town dates back to Phoenician and Greek times, but there is very little evidence of this remaining in the area.
During Roman times, the town was known as ‘Maenoba’ and during the XI century, there are references to the town under the name ‘Mariyyat Ballis’.
During the Middle Ages, Torre del Mar served both as a Customs area and as a monitoring station to guard against attacks by pirates. A castle was built in the area, the ruins of which still exist today.
Torre del Mar enjoyed a brief period as an independent municipality between 1842 and 1848, but financial difficulties led to its reunion with Vélez-Málaga.
The start of the XX century saw Torre del Mar become a spa town, the authorities trying to attract tourists to the area, but it wasn’t really until 1960 and an urban boom that it really took off as an important tourist resort for both Spanish and foreign visitors.
Torre del Mar is in the municipality of Vélez-Málaga in the Axarquia district (comarca) of Málaga province in the autonomous region of Andalucia.