Velez-Malaga, known locally just as Velez, is situated 4 kilometres inland from Torre del Mar and 26 kilometres to the east of Malaga.
Velez-Malaga is the administrative centre of the Axarquia and the largest of the region’s towns. Today Velez-Malaga is home to some 60,000 inhabitants and growing rapidly, with expatriates and immigrants from other parts of Spain appearing in every part of the municipality.
These are agricultural products of vines, olives, sugar cane and vegetable and salad crops. Good quality olive oils and wine are produced here. There are also many garden nurseries growing and selling a wide range of plants, trees and seeds.
The transportation infrastructure is currently being expanded to deal with the extensive growth. The tram runs approximately every half hour from Vélez to Torre del Mar, which has many shops and restaurants lacking in Vélez. Along the tramline are the Torre del Mar hospital and a major shopping mall, El Ingenio. The bus terminal is also being expanded, with service through Torre, through María Zambrano (Málaga bus & train station) all the way to the Málaga Airport. Buses and trains to the larger cities of Spain are also available from Vélez through the transportation infrastructure.
Vélez-Málaga has an airport (Axarquía airport), and a fishing port. The Autovía del Mediterráneo crosses through the middle of its territory, with a junction to the carretera nacional(national highway N-340).
There are a number of places of interest to visit in Velez-Malaga including some of the town’s numerous churches which through their various architectural styles help to plot the town’s history.
The centre of town is Plaza de Las Carmelitas here you will find not only the Ayuntamiento or Town Hall but also the Convento de Jesus, often referred to as Convento de Las Carmelitas. The convent was founded in 1669 and of particular interest is the 18th paintings housed there.
The land mark of Velez-Malaga is undoubtedly La Fortaleza and Murallas Arabes or Moorish town walls which date from the 13th century and are located in the old Arabic quarter of town. The tower was restored in 1992 and, whilst not open to the public, the surrounding gardens make for a pleasant spot from which there are some spectacular views across the Velez-Malaga and Torre del Mar area.
In the centre of Velez is the modern theatre Teatro del Carmenwhich has a regular programme of performances. These include traditional and classical music concerts, dance both contemporary and traditional styles and featuring many flamenco acts and literature readings.
In addition the town has a sports complex with an athletics stadium which doubles as the home of the local football team Velez CF. The complex also has an Olympic size outdoor pool and numerous tennis, basketball and handball courts. Other tennis courts can be found around the town. The new Parque Centro located on the edge of town provides good cycling and jogging paths.
Nearby there is the Aquavelis water park and golf is available at the Baviera Golf Course.
As capital of the region, Velez has a wide range of shopping facilities, including some large furniture stores if planning to furnish your home, a trading estate with a variety of services including the major vehicle concessionaires and service centres.
Located at the nearby El Ingenio shopping centre is the 12 screen cinema Cinesurwhich shows one film a week in its original language which is usually English.
Velez-Malaga is located 4 kms inland with the nearest beaches at Torre del Mar.
- February – The February Carnival is a feature of the town’s celebrations. However it is often the week leading up to Easter, Semana Santa, that forms the pinnacle of the year’s festivities and the events held in Velez-Malaga are the largest and most spectacular in the Axarquia region.
- February/March – Music Competition.
- Easter Week – Daily processions & music.
- Mid May – Romeria.
- Mid July – Feria del Carmen de Velez-Malaga.
- End September- The most important event of the year is the Royal San Miguel festival, held at the end of September and the beginning of October each year.
Tourism Office (for Axarquia)Avda de Andalucía, 110. Torre del Mar – 29740 Vélez-Málaga. Tel: (+34) 952 542 808.
Town HallPlaza Carmelitas, s/n – 29700 Vélez-Málaga. Tel: (+34) 952 559 100 – 952 500 100. Fax: 952 504 616. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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