Caleta de Velez port best things to see and do
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?
- guided tours
- Where is La Caleta de Velez?
- Book accommodation
- Some useful links
- Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga
A few words about La Caleta de Velez
It is the main fishing port on the Costa del Sol, and you can see all sorts of small fishing boats and pleasure boats.
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 4 or 5 euros.
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.
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.
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….
The nets must be repaired!
And repair them again and again!
Drying the nets in the sun
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.
In La Caleta de Velez you will of course find many seagulls and other sea birds watching for the arrival of 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,…)
- 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.
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..
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:
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.
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.
Where is the port of La Caleta de Velez on the map?
When you arrive by road from Torre del Mar, you can’t miss the roundabout to get to the port!
Book accommodation in La Caleta de Velez
Some useful links
Here is a great car rental agency in Andalusia and more specifically at Malaga airport : book a rental car.
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:
- Discover must-sees before visiting Cordoba
- Visit Malaga on foot.
- All you need to know about Granada, the Alhambra, the Albaicin neighbourhood before visiting Granada
- If you are passing through the geographical centre of Andalusia, then you can visit Antequera, with the incredible natural site of El Torcal right next door.
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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