Triana de Velez Malaga, the best things to see and do

The heart of Axarquia

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Triana de Velez Malaga, the heart of Axarquia hides three magnificent treasures

In this article you will find the essential information on what to see in Triana de Velez Malaga :

  • A few words about Triana
  • What to see in Triana?
  • What to see around the village
  • What to do in Triana?
    • activities
    • ideas for guided tours
    • night walk, Las Perseidas
  • Where is Triana de Velez Malaga?
  • Booking accommodation
  • Some useful links
  • Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga

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A few words about Triana de Velez Malaga

Triana is a small locality in Axarquia in the province of Málaga. The village is attached to the municipality of Velez-Malaga.

The locality of Triana de Velez, like Triana de Sevilla, derives its origin from the Arabic word, Atrayana, which meant “on the other side of the river”.

Originally, the first inhabitants were settled in La Zorilla. One day, they moved to the “other side of the river” (atrayana), because in winter they could find themselves completely cut off from the rest of the world for several weeks.

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La Zorilla – Triana –

Even today, to get to La Zorilla, you have to cross the riverbed (Benamargosa), which is of course mostly dry.

What to see in Triana?

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The hamlet of la Zorilla (old Triana)

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It is a lost hamlet, where time has stopped.


Its few houses are very colourful in this haven of peace.

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A must-see, you get a feeling of total disconnection.

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The Buddhist temple of Triana

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This is the oldest Buddhist Kalachakra temple in the whole of the West! It is located about 400 meters from the Torre Atalaya.

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Velez Malaga and Torre del Mar can be seen quite clearly from the Buddhist temple.

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centro budista de Triana

Atalaya Tower

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Torre Atalaya

This is a 15th century Arab watchtower located on the heights of Triana. It is a tower that is very typical of that period.

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Torre Atalaya

From this tower you can see many villages in the Axarquia: Benamocarra, Iznate, Vélez-Málaga, Almáchar, Comares, La Viñuela, Periana, Canillas de Aceituno, Riogordo, Cútar and Alcaucín.

You can also see the Tejeda and Almijara mountain ranges

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View on La Vinuela from Atalaya Tower

What to see around the village

The village of Benamargosa is just a few kilometres from Triana and is well worth a visit.

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cultivo de tropicales en Benamargosa

Benamargosa, long known as “Little Gibraltar” is surrounded by tropical fruit fields.

Things to do in Triana


In the surrounding area you can find some great activities:

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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 (rio Chillar, El Saltillo with the hanging bridge,…)
  • canyoning (in the rio Verde,…)
  • astrotourism
  • snorkeling
  • visit of caves

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

Ideas for guided tours

A very good local guide, Cipriano, offers thematic and seasonal guided tours of the villages of Axarquia. These tours leave from Nerja, Torrox and Torre del Mar.

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For example, Cipriano organises the white Mudejar villages Tour from Nerja.

This excursion allows you to discover the heritage of the Almohads and the Mudéjars through 5 typical and authentic white villages.

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on the route of the Mudéjar villages

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.

The themes of the tours are: The Wine Route, the Raisin route, Frigiliana and El Acebuchal Tour….

Here are all the guided tours from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.

Night walk, las Perseidas

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Every year, at the beginning of August, Francisco Javier Medina, a local and passionate about his land, the Axarquia, organises a night hike, the Perseids night. A great experience of a night hike and the observation of shooting stars.

Where is Triana?

Booking accommodation

Please indicate the desired dates to check availability.

Some useful links to visit Andalucia

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:

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Atazanaras market in Malaga

  • 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

If you are in the area for a few days, here is a selection of great activities:

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

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