The whitewashed town of Torrox is situated in the Andalusian province of Malaga in the region known as Axarquia. It forms one of four urban zones that together make up the area of Torrox: Torrox Costa, El Morche, El Peñoncillo and Torrox
The town lies on the scenic Route of Sun and Wine, which follows a route of towns and villages in the Axarquia in a landscape of sun and vineyards.
The town is located just 4 kilometres inland and is a popular tourist destination during the summer for those looking to stay in more traditional surroundings, yet be close to the attractions on the coast.
Torrox was a very prosperous town during the Moorish occupation and pivotal in the silk trade that ran between Granada and the East.
The town clings to a steep slope and has retained its Moorish feel, with its whitewashed houses and pretty narrow streets. It is also boasts a beautiful view down to the coast.
The main plaza, or square, is popular meeting place for locals and a lovely spot to sit and watch the world go by.
There was once a Moorish castle that sat above the village, but sadly it was destroyed. There are some interesting architectural examples, including the 16th century Mudejar church of Nuestra Señorea de la Encarnación and the Shrine and Convent of the Virgen de las Nieves. There is also an 18th century hospital building and 19th century sugar factor.
The beaches of Torrox costa are just 4 kilometres away and enjoy golden sands and good amenities.
Places to visit
The whole of the beautiful Axarquia region is a great place to explore if you enjoy rambling and getting out into the great outdoors and away from the droves of the coastal towns.
Malaga city is around 40 minutes drive and the pretty seaside of Nerja around 20 minutes drive.
On the last Sunday before Christmas every year Torrox celebrates its Festival of Migas. Migas is a
typical dish made from fried breadcrumbs, green peppers and chorizo and is a traditional dish from the region. Thousands of visitors attend every year and there is wine, music and dancing to wash down this very calorific but delicious dish.
In the centre of Torrox there are some lovely traditional restaurants and tapas bar and the coast with all its amenities is just 4 kilometres away.
The cuisine in Torrox is typical of the Axarquia region; specialties include Ajoblanco con Uvas (Garlic Soup with Grapes), Chota a la Cazadora (Kid in Almond Sauce), Cordero Asado al Horno (Roast Marinated Lamb) and sweet Churros, fried dough sticks, a bit like donuts, dipped in hot chocolate, delicious!
Torrox enjoys a typically inland Andalusia climate, being extremely hot in the summer and temperate in the winter, although when it rains the streets become awash. The residents enjoy around 2,800 hours of annual sunshine.