Visiting Rincon de la Victoria
Compared to the other municipalities of Axarquia, Rincon de la Victoria has today become a fairly large city. This is directly linked to its proximity to Malaga. It is the main city of the eastern Costa del Sol with its capital Velez-Malaga.
Rincon de la Victoria offers almost 9 kilometers of beaches, between Cala del Moral and Torre de Benagalbon, which makes it a very popular place.
All pics are at the end of the article.
The first traces of humanity date from the Paleolithic, 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). 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 then developed and the moors then founded the city. During the period of Al-Andalus, the site had some importance as it had the rank of Medina (city). The watchtowers on the coast around Rincon de la Victoria were built by order of the Nasrid King (Kingdom of Granada) Yusuf I.
After the reconquest by the Catholic kings, then following the expulsion in 1570 of the Moors, the inhabitants fled the coast because of frequent attacks by Berber pirates. In the 18th century, Charles III ordered the reconstruction of the watchtowers to monitor the coast and the construction of the fortress of Bezmiliana.
At that time, the king feared an English attack from Gibraltar, and therefore decided on this construction to have a military garrison ready to respond in the event of an attack. This fortress will give its name to the village: Venta de Bezmiliana. Its name changed to that of Rincón de la Victoria at the beginning of the 20th century, this name comes from the Order of Minims of the Convent of La Victoria in Malaga
What to see in Rincon de la Victoria?
- the castle fortress of Bezmiliana (original name of the village)
- the watchtower, “Torre del Cantal” from the 14th century
- the watchtower, “Torre de Benagalbon” also from the 14th century.
- the paseo maritimo really very pleasant which leads to a promenade
- Taste the local gastronomy. The most famous dishes are pescaito (fried fish). the local star fish is anchovy, At the end of September, every year, there is the “Fiesta del boquerone” for 5 days! There are of course the sardina espetos to taste in the beach side chiringuitos. In summer there are 2 very popular cold drinks: ajoblanco and zoque (a local gazpacho)
- The cave of the treasure, “Cueva del Tesoro” unique in Europe. Discover, in this link this cave and its incredible lightness.
What to do in Rincon de la Victoria surroundings ?
In the following link : see typical activities and experiences around Rincon de la Victoria
The festivals in town
- 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
- Feria de la Tapa, in February
- Music festival, Concerts in a cave, in February
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