Caleta de Velez port best things to see and do

Fishing port

Visit the fishing port of Caleta de Velez

In this article you will find the essential information about this beautiful fishing port of La Caleta de Velez :

  • A few words about La Caleta de Velez
  • Visiting the fishing port of La Caleta de Velez: what to see?
  • What to do in La Caleta de Velez?
    • Activities
    • guided tours
    • Festivities
  • Where is La Caleta de Velez?
  • Book accommodation
  • Some useful links
  • Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga

puerto caleta de Velez fishing costa del sol port harbour
trampas de pesca

A few words about La Caleta de Velez

La Caleta de Velez is located in Axarquia in the province of Malaga.

This fishing harbour is really a pleasure to visit. And so is watching the boats come into port!

It is the main fishing port on the Costa del Sol.

You can see all sorts of small fishing boats and pleasure boats.

puerto Caleta de Velez

The port is divided into 2 parts. There is the marina and the fishing port. Caleta de Velez is attached to the capital of La Axarquía, Velez-Malaga.

Visiting the fishing port of La Caleta de Velez: what to see?

Here is a short video of the auction that takes place in the morning in the fishing port of La Caleta de Velez. However, the auction is no longer open to the public:

The fish and shellfish caught are delivered fresh to the chiringuitos of Axarquia.

The chiringuitos are the small beach restaurants. This is an opportunity to enjoy the famous espetos de sardinas (sardine skewers) for few euros.

barco de pesca caleta de velez fishing boat

About the espetos, according to the advice of the locals, the best time to eat sardines is from May to August. There are two ways to remember this: these are the months without an “r” and it is the exact opposite of the best time to eat oysters.

caleta de velez herramienta de pesca

Seeing the Phoenician eye on the fishing boats

If we are used to seeing the Phoenician eye on the jabegas of the Costa del Sol, it is still quite common to see eyes painted on the bow of fishing boats. This Phoenician eye, later taken over by the Romans and Greeks, was painted to ward off the evil eye during sea crossings.

barco de pesca ojo fenicio
barco de pesca con ojo fenicio

There is also a legend that this eye was used to scare sea monsters into staying underwater!

After fishing, there is still work for the fishermen….

pescador puerto caleta de velez

The nets must be repaired!

Caleta Velez Malaga pescador
en el puerto

And repair them again and again!

things to see caleta de velez fisherman

Drying the nets in the sun

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When you arrive at the fishing port from Torre del Mar, you can often see these nets drying in the sun.

Then they are put away for the next trip to the sea.

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At La Caleta de Velez, you’ll naturally find plenty of seagulls and other marine birds watching for the arrival of boats.

gaviota Caleta de Velez Malaga
una gaviota en la Caleta de Velez Malaga

Gulls and cormorants come to help themselves to the fish around the boats.

What to do in La Caleta de Velez

Activities around the port of La Caleta

In the surroundings it is possible to find very nice activities:

  • horse riding, on the beach or in the mountains
  • diving in Nerja and Torrox
  • guided tours (villages of Axarquia, Cordoba, Alhambra,…)
  • via ferrata (Caminito del Rey,…)
  • hiking (El Saltillo with the hanging bridge,…)
  • canyoning (in the rio Verde,…)
  • astrotourism
  • snorkeling in Torrox and Nerja
  • visit of caves

Use the following link to access all the activities to do. during your holidays. This link provides you with all the details of each activity.

Guided tours

Mediterranean Route

The Mediterranean route with a catamaran cruise is done in semi-private groups (2 to 8 people maximum), starting from La Caleta de Velez. The guide will pick you up in Torre del Mar, Torrox and Nerja, at your place of residence.

This day trip consists of three parts: a 2-hour boat cruise, a typical fish meal and a visit to the sugar cane museum..

boat cruise in torrox and Nerja and Torre del Mar

You will find all the details in the following link: The Ruta del Mediterraneo with a boat trip.

A very good local guide, Cipriano, offers thematic and seasonal guided tours from Torre del Mar, Torrox and Nerja:

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The themes of the tours are: the white villages of Axarquia, the wine route, the raisin route, ….

The guided tours are always done in small groups (2 to 8 people max.) to discover the authentic Axarquia.

In the following link you will find all the details and prices of the tours he offers.

Here you can find all the guided tours in Axarquia from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.

The festivities

Procession of the Virgen del Carmen

There is one major festival to remember in this fishing village. It is the procession of the Virgen del Carmen (Patron Saint of fishermen), part of which is done with the fishing boats along the coast. This procession takes place in mid-July every year.

La Feria de la caleta de Velez

Where is the port of La Caleta de Velez on the map?

caleta de velez puerto nautico

When you arrive by road from Torre del Mar, you can’t miss the roundabout to get to the port!

caleta de velez things to see boat on the street

Book accommodation in La Caleta de Velez

Want to continue touring Andalucia?

Easy and economical bookings

If you are in Andalucia as part of a tour with several major cities to visit, here are some links that may be of interest:


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Here you will find everything you can see in Seville in 3 days. And for those who will stay longer you will also find information on secret Seville and the Santa Cruz and Triana districts.


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Visit Cadiz, a city with an incredible past and great beauty, on the Costa del la Luz.


When you reach the Costa del Sol you will find in this link all must-sees in Malaga :

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Discover what to see in Granada, and visit the Albaicin and Sacromonte districts:



And of course, visit Cordoba, the caliphate city, and the Juderia district


Experiences to discover in the province of Malaga

Find more ideas for visits to authentic Andalusia: see the blog pages on Andalucia.

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