Rincón de la Victoria is the gateway to the Eastern Costa del Sol. Located on the south-west in the region of Axarquía, this municipality is blessed with a subtropical climate. An ideal holiday destination, it features a 9km coastline with beaches and a great waterfront promenade. However, there is more to it than that, for the town has something for the lovers of history, culture and tradition too. Visitors to Rincón de la Victoria can visit the Treasure Cave, the Bezmiliana Fort, the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, the Watchtowers, the Mediterranean Archaeological Park, and many other attractions.
Rincón de la Victoria is a dynamic municipality in terms of business and tourism. It was named after the largest population centre in a coastal area. Other major coastal districts are La Cala del Moral and Torre de Benagalbón. In the hinterland, 5km from Rincón de la Victoria, there is Benagalbón, home to the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, where some of the most traditional feasts are held.
Built in 1766, this fort was meant to fight off attackers from the coast. Today it is a prestigious art gallery and cultural centre. With a square floor plan, the fort has a central building, a wall with two guards’ offices and a covered ditch. The main gate bears King Charles III’s coat of arms.
The Cave of El Tesoro or El Higuerón is the only sea cave that can be visited in Europe. Its underwater galleries were created by the action of sea currents and waves. The cave was found to contain paintings and archaeological remains from the Palaeolithic and the Bronze Age. It is accessed from the climb of El Cantal.
Rincón de la Victoria has two lookout towers dating back to the fourteenth century. They were there to send off pirate or enemy attacks to the forts nearby. The Benagalbón Tower stands on a hillock, while the Tower of El Cantal dominates a cliff.
The Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions in Benagalbón was established as a guardian of the municipality’s old customs and traditions. It is divided in two areas, dedicated to the farmhouse and to everyday tools and utensils.
There is an archaeological site in Torre de Benagalbón corresponding to a Roman settlement, developed on the ruins of a Phoenician village. The site includes a bath complex, a garum factory and a villa, complete with mosaics. The most valuable item found is a sculpture of the god Bacchus.
This park is a recreational area for the popularisation of science. There is a replica of the Cave of La Victoria with its paintings and several native plant species.
In 1892, a church was built in Rincón de la Victoria dedicated to Our Lady of El Carmen. The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, in Benagalbón, is older, from the sixteenth century. It has murals by Francisco Hernández inside.
Many of the hotels in Rincón de la Victoria are to be found around the waterfront promenade, dominating Málaga bay and the coastline at large, with its wonderful beaches. Off the coast there are modern housing developments and recreational facilities, including the golf course in Añoreta Golf.
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