Rincon de la Victoria best things to see and do
Visit Rincon de la Victoria, just outside Málaga
In this article you will find the essential information to visit Rincon de la Victoria :
- A few words about Rincon de la Victoria
- The origins
- What to see in Rincon de la Victoria?
- What to do in Rincon de la Victoria
- Ferias and fiestas
- Where is Rincon de la Victoria?
- Book an accommodation
- Some useful links
- Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga
A few words about Rincon de la Victoria
Rincon de la Victoria is located in Axarquia in the province of Malaga. The town is just a few minutes away from Malaga.
It is the main town on the eastern Costa del Sol, together with the capital Velez-Malaga.
Rincon de la Victoria offers almost 9 kilometres of beaches, between Cala del Moral and Torre de Benagalbon. It is a very popular place for holidays and for its proximity to Malaga.
The origin of Rincon de la Victoria
The first traces of mankind date back to the Paleolithic period, with cave paintings in the Victoria cave, right next to the Treasure cave.
Phoenician and Roman remains have also been found (Roman baths and mosaics). One cultural heritage remains from the Phoenicians. It is the famous Phoenician eye painted on the boats, and mainly on the jabegas.
Just outside Rincon, in Torre de Benagalbon, it is possible to see very well preserved Roman remains.
Thanks to the writings of Pliny the Elder, we know that there was a fortress in the 1st century AD. Around the fortress a hamlet developed.
During the period of Al-Andalus, the nascent city developed and had a certain importance. It had the rank of Medina (city).
After the reconquest by the Catholic kings and the expulsion of the Moriscos in 1570, the inhabitants fled the coast because of frequent attacks by Berber pirates. The village of Benagalbon, in the mountains, developed a few kilometres from here.
Rincon de la Victoria would only regain the favour of the villagers and inhabitants in the 20th century, with the arrival of the train.
What to see in Rincon de la Victoria?
The fortress castle of Bezmiliana (original name of the village)
In the 18th century, Charles III ordered the reconstruction of the watchtowers to guard the coast and the construction of the fortress of Bezmiliana.
At that time, the king feared an English attack from Gibraltar, so he decided to build this fortress to have a military garrison ready to respond in case of an attack. This fortress gave its name to the village: Venta de Bezmiliana.
Its name was changed to Rincón de la Victoria at the beginning of the 20th century, a name derived from the Order of Minims of the Convent of La Victoria in Malaga.
Right next to the fortress you can find a curious sculpture. It is the abduction of Europa by Zeus:
The watchtower, “Torre del Cantal”, from the 14th century
The watchtowers on the coast around Rincon de la Victoria were built by order of the Nasrid king – kingdom of Granada – Yusuf I. Their function was to prevent pirate attacks.
The view from the Torre del Cantal is an invitation to escape!
Paseo maritimo El Cantal
This paseo offers a beautiful walk to the Cala del Moral. This paseo is the old railway line that used to run along the coast.
The sanctuary of the Virgen del Carmen can be admired here. This beautiful walk from Rincon de la Victoria can start in front of a fabulous sculpture that pays tribute to the sailors.
In the centre of Rincon de la Victoria
This square is the place to be in the city to celebrate many fiestas and ferias.
Ntra Sra de la Victoria Church Square
In spring, this square is filled with the scent of azahar flowers…a marvel!
The Treasure Cave – Cueva del Tesoro –
This cave is unique in Europe. In fact, there are only three in the world. It is a cave of marine origin. It is a unique experience.
Find out more about the cave and how to visit it in this link: visit the Treasure Cave.
Taste the local gastronomy
The most famous dishes are pescaito frito (fried fish). The local star fish is the anchovy, boqueron.
At the end of September, every year, there is the “fiesta del boqueron” for 5 days!
Of course, there are espetos de sardinas to be enjoyed in the beachside chiringuitos.
In summer there are two popular cold drinks: ajoblanco and zoque (a local gazpacho). Don’t hesitate to try them!
What to do in Rincon de la Victoria?
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.
Activities from Malaga
Málaga is only 10 minutes by bus from Rincon de la Victoria. Here are some other ideas of activities and visits to do during your stay, starting from Malaga.
One of the most popular activities in Málaga is the incredible Caminito del Rey walk. In the following link you can book online your tickets for the Caminito del Rey from Málaga with a guide.
Below you will find a number of ideas for activities, classified by theme. You can book them online today.
The +: all activities can be cancelled up to 24 hours before the scheduled date:
- Rincon de la Victoria Feria, in July
- Feria del boqueron victoriano, in September
- Procesiones Marineras de la Virgen del Carmen , (a marine procession!) In July. There are also jabegas regattas, boats of Phoenician origins.
- Ruta de la Tapa, in November
- Music festival, Concerts in a cave, in February
Where is Rincon de la Victoria?
Please indicate the desired dates to check availability.
Some useful links
Here is a very useful link for your travels: book a rental car from your place of stay.
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 Andalucia, 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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