The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the region of Andalucía, provinces of Granada and Almería in Spain. It contains the highest point of continental Spain, Mulhacén at 3,478 metres above sea level.
Alhambra, the complete form of which was Calat Alhambra, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusía, Spain.
TravelMalaga AirPort at 35 km has daily connections to the major European cities. The smaller Granada AirPort is at 100 km. The motorway E15/A7 runs a few kilometers from and along the Andalusian Coast. From Malaga the direction to Torre del Mar and Mezquitilla is East to Almería/Motril as indicated on the road panels. Exit 272 for Torre del Mar and Exit 277 for Mezquitilla. Velez-Malaga is a historical provincial city at 5 km with a large shopping centre and plenty of small shops and boutiques. Good Public transport available to all local destinations from Malaga to Nerja. Nearby Nerja and Frigiliana are popular touristic destinations with weekly public events. In March 2015 Malaga opens 2 new musea: the Spanish-Russian museum of Art and the Centre Pompidou Museum Malaga. That brings the number to 7 attractive musea in Malaga all within walking distance in and around the city centre. Malaga city centre at 35 km, Nerja at 12 km, Granada at 100 km, Granada Sierra Nevada Ski resort at 135 km (1500m altitude), Gibraltar 185 km, Lake Viñuela at 20 km, Axarquia AirPort at 15 km, white villages spread around up the hills of the Sierra Nevada within reach. Larger places like Antequera, Coin, Mijas, Marbella, Ronda a.o. are worth a daytrip by car.
Further detailsFrom Mezquitilla to Torre del Mar (abt 5km) you have the coastal locations of Algarobo and La Caleta with many international restaurants to choose from, all of which are reasonably priced, menu of the day is around €7. You can choose from traditional Spanish, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Argentinian, Mexican, French and Moroccan, plus 'chiringuitos' serving fresh fish. Also, there are plenty of bars and cafes to suit all tastes and ages and ice cream parlours 'heladerias' along the seafront serving enormous (and delicious) ice cream sundaes. A variety of water sports are available on the beach and others at nearby Lake Vinuela, also a new golf course La Baviera is about 3km away. Torre del Mar has excellent road links and is therefore a very good starting point for those wishing to explore the region up to Granada and the Sierra Nevada to the East and to the West : Marbella, Mijas, Ronda, even Sevilla and Cordoba are within reach. There are plenty of traditional Spanish 'white villages' in the area and beautiful countryside with stunning views. Although a full day out, Gibraltar is well worth a visit for duty free shopping as well as sightseeing. We provide a house book with details of all local activities.
ArcheologyLas Chorreras on the Southern part of the hill and nearby Cerro y Mar 600 m North-West on the hillside is a classified area of public interest (BIC). One of the most important settlements of the Phoenicians in Spain were discovered and excavated in this area and further down the coast in Algarobo (2 km) and Torre del Mar – Almayate (6 km). The Museum in Velez-Malaga has a permanent exhibition (free access) of the artifacts and pottery found in the area. The Phoenicians originating from the present Lebanon area were sailing the Mediterranean as the first real navigators somewhere 3-4000 B.C. They built ports around the Med establishing peacefully to trade their merchandise (a.o. purple dye) around the Mediterranean and later on even down and up to the Atlantic coasts. Byblos, Tripoli, Tyros were important ports of departure. They had advanced techniques to produce pottery from which they discovered the resistance to high temperatures. Pottery allowed them to melt iron ore: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao devoted the complete ground floor to the inventors of the siderurgy (donation of Mittal Steel). They melt gold ore to fancy and beautiful jewelry for the women worshiping fertility and femininity . They mastered melting silicium to glaze artefacts and produce glasses to drink from. To communicate with the local people the Phoenicians developed the alfabet that we are still using today.
Phoenician city of Las Chorreras
Medical CareThe nearby village of Algarrobo (2km) has a permanently attended medical care centre. Immediate care is rendered upon showing and registering your European Medical Care Insurance cart. A modern hospital is located at 5 km in Torre del Mar a 10 min drive.
Learn all about the Axarquia CountiesAreas of interest on following links:
County of Axarquia
City of Velez-Màlaga