Residents known as:
Church of La Asunción, Hermitage of La
Candelaria, Caves of Los Chivos.
situation: In the high Axarquía, 44 kilometres from
Vélez and 35 from Malaga, at 696 metres above sea level.
Tourist information: Town
Hall, Plaza de España, 9. 29170.
Phone: 952 730 000 Fax:
952 731 068
View of calle
The road from Malaga known as the Carretera de
Colmenar brings us through pine woods and beautiful countryside to the
Malaga Mountain towns in the most westerly part of the Axarquía. This too
is the road to Colmenar, known as the Capital of the Malaga Mountains.
On the way into the municipality
we see the stone steeple called the Puerta de La Cruz, showing the
coat-of-arms of the town as a beehive with seven bees flying over it. A
historical scene there brings us back to the year 1488, when the town was
handed over by Hamet el Zuque to Francisco de Coalla. Past this we come to
the town of Colmenar itself, and looking from here we can see two hills that
used to mark the limits between the urban centre and the surrounding
countryside. On the higher of these hills is the Hermitage of the Santuario,
also known as the Convent of the Santísima Virgen de la Candelaria, patron
saint of the town. The view from here is over the Tajos de Gómer and Doña
Ana, the Sierra Tejeda mountains and, to the right, the Sierra Nevada
mountain range. On the other hill is the church of Nuestra Señora de la
passed into Christian hands in the 15th century, but the Romans
had been here long before that time. The year 1560 was, nevertheless, one of
the most important historical dates for the town, because it was then that
the municipality’s borders were fixed and the town began to enjoy its
economic well-being as a key administrative centre in the Mountains of
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of the Candelaria
This was built in the 17th century and, according to
local tradition, was sited on high ground as a mark of gratitude
by sailors from the Canary Islands who had been miraculously saved
from drowning during a storm on the Malaga coast. It has a single
nave with a flat roof that leads onto a square presbytery with a
semi-spherical vault. The gesso designs on the vaulted ceiling are
a popular interpretation of the mannerist style. In the small room
off the main chapel is the image of the Candelaria, patron saint
Church of La Asunción
This is a 16th century church, built with certain
remnants of the Moorish style. It has three naves separated by
semicircular arches on square pillars, and three small rooms off
the main body of the church.
de los Moriscos. Specialising in home cooking, fish and
roast meats. Old Malaga-Granada road, Km. 530. Closed on Tuesdays
Tel: 952 730 522.
Venta La Colmena. Specialising
in rice dishes, meat, wild rabbit, snails and kid. Ctra.
Málaga-Granada, beside the football grounds. Tel: 952 730 069.
Venta Los Moriscos.
Specialising in meats, chorizo, hams, rabbit, chicken and home
cooking. Old road from Granada. Tel: 952 730 145.
Bar Belén. Specialising in
snails, kid, cod and typical dishes of the region. Camino de
Málaga, 105. Tel: 952 730 031.
Bar-Mesón Pilar. Specialising
in home cooking and fried fish. C/Pasaje el Pilar, s/n. Tel: 952
Venta El Pinar. Specialising
in fried breadcrumbs, rabbit, rice dishes, kid and mountain
dishes. Carretera Colmenar. Tel: 952
de Montaña Los Arrieros. Casabermeja road towards
Colmenar, Km.8. Tel: 952 73 03 52 Fax
952 731 066.
Accommodation in the province of Malaga
Procession of the
Virgen de la Candelaria and San Blas
The festive calendar in Colmenar begins
on February 2nd with the festival in honour of the town’s
patron saint, the Virgen de la Candelaria. Holy Week is very important
here too, with processions in the streets. One of the most popular
festivals in the town is the Día de la Pipa, which takes place on May 3rd.
On that day all the people of the town head out to the countryside to eat
bread rolls with hard-boiled egg in the centre, drink and have fun. The
annual Feria takes place during the second week in August. Christmas has a
special flavour to it in Colmenar, with groups of local people going
through the streets singing and playing an odd collection of instruments,
including an empty bottle of aguardiente used as an instrument. One of the
principal features of the festivals in the town is the presence of
verdiales and flamenco groups.
GASTRONOMY AND CRAFTWORK
The most traditional dishes of the area are chickpea soup, bean omelettes,
gazpachuelo, porra and fried breadcrumbs. Cold gazpacho is eaten in
summer, and every dish is accompanied by a glass of home-made must wine.
The olive oil and honey used here is of a very high quality, as are the
pastries made by the local people. And as in most towns in this region,
pork and its derivatives are used extensively in the local cooking.