Ever since the earliest settlers set foot in this region, Velez-Malaga became an important market place. Today, despite the flourishing tourism industry in the region, Velez-Malaga is still primarily known as a market city.
The town of Velez-Malaga, which is located some 4 km inland from the bustling beaches of Torre del Mar, is the capital of the Axarquia region and is also the name of the municipality.
Like the rest of the region, this town was once under Moorish rule. However, traces of the Arabian settlers were erased after the Christians defeated them in the late 1400s. Only a few remnants of Muslim culture remain. Most of them are only well-preserved in small mountain villages like Frigiliana because the Christians made sure the densely populated areas like Velez-Malaga only exhibited Christian influence.
Tourism is the cash cow of the region and all towns benefit from it one way or another. For instance, although Axaquia's capital is located inland, many visitors - whose interests are mainly in the coastal districts - still find their way here. In fact, the hotels in town are still enjoying a lucrative business.
Those who opt to stay there because their business dealings are mainly in the market city can still easily go to the neighboring beaches of Torre del Mar, Almayate, Benajarafe, Mezquitilla, and El Morche when they want to.
Other establishments like restaurants, bars and pubs are also thriving well. There are various shops offering a variety of goods throughout Velez-Malaga, but if you want a shopping experience you'll never forget, we recommend you take part in the Thursday market.
Aside from it being a market city, Velez-Malaga also has some interesting tourist attractions like the Palace of El Marques de Beniel, Church of Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion, La Casa Cervantes (home of the famous playwright, Miguel de Cervantes de Saavedra), Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, and even the remnants of an Arab fort.
Outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding are among the favorite pastimes. If you want to take part in a more peculiar experience, there's the weekly cockfights, which are held every Sunday.