Rincón de la VictoriaOficina De Turismo Av. del Mediterráneo 140, Paseo Marítimo Virgen del Carmen, Rincón de la Victoria, 29730
Rincón de la Victoria is a municipality in the eastern part of the Costa del Sol with nine kilometres of beaches and a wide range of tourist activities. Its subtropical climate and lively seaside promenade are enough to make you want to take a trip to the Mediterranean at any time of year and enjoy an unforgettable stay by the sea.
Situated at the entrance to the Axarquía region, Rincón de la Victoria has a fascinating cultural heritage and sensational gastronomy. If you want to discover both, visit the four towns of La Cala del Moral, Rincón de la Victoria, Torre de Benagalbón, on the coastal strip, and Benagalbón, inland.
YOU CAN"T GET LOST IN RINCÓN DE LA VICTORIA
The Casa-Fuerte de Bezmiliana is the most emblematic monument in Rincón de la Victoria. This fort was built from 1766 onwards to defend the area from pirate attacks. Nowadays it is used as an exhibition space. A wall with two watchtowers, a central building and a covered well on the outside are the main parts of this squared-shaped complex.
Rincón de la Victoria is home to the only sea grotto that can be visited in the whole of Europe: Cueva del Tesoro. Its passages were formed below sea level from the impact of currents and waves over time. As well as columns, gorges, stalactites and stalagmites, this amazing grotto features remnants of cave paintings. According to legend, the cave was chosen by an Almoravid emperor as a hiding place for treasure.
Along the coastline, you can observe the defensive buildings known as torres almenaras (beacon towers), including Torre del Cantal and Torre de Benagalbón. Dating back to the 14th century, both are shaped like a conical trunk. They were used to protect the coast from enemy invasions.
History enthusiasts will be glad to discover an interesting Roman site in Torre de Benagalbón. The most important archaeological remains are in the village, including a hot spring and garum factory (a famous sauce made with fish and herbs).
The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Rincón de la Victoria and the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria in Benagalbón are the most notable religious monuments in the municipality. The latter was built in the 11th century.
Near the Iglesia de la Candelaria, you"ll find the Museo de Artes Populares. This museum has a display of a traditional farmhouse, as well as objects and tools that the local population once used in their daily life.
HOW TO GET TO RINCÓN DE LA VICTORIA FROM MALAGA
Getting to Rincón de la Victoria from the city of Malaga is very simple. There are several different routes you can take. The quickest and easiest is via the Mediterráneo Highway (A-7) and exit 254. It takes about 20 minutes. Another option is to go by the N-340, continuing on the A-7 and then taking the Benagalbón road. The travel time is about the same.
Nine kilometres of coastline and four beaches are the main natural resources at this destination. The most popular are the beaches in Rincón de la Victoria and Cala del Moral, offering a wide range of services. Both are separated by the El Cantal promontory. The beaches Torre de Benagalbón and Los Rubios are more peaceful. The latter, on the eastern edge of the municipality, has areas with vegetation.
The Añoreta golf course gives visitors the chance to have a round of golf in a picturesque setting at any time of year. This 18-hole 72-par course, designed by the major Spanish golfer José María Cañizares, winner of two world cups, makes for a varied and enjoyable game.
Rincón de la Victoria has a magnificent seaside promenade with a wide variety of restaurants and leisure options. Next to the sea, there is the Parque Arqueológico del Mediterráneo. This archaeological park is a large green space for prehistoric heritage conservation and socio-cultural activities.
Rincón de la Victoria holds its local fiesta in the middle of June, in celebration of the Virgen del Carmen. Although there are many excellent events, the most amazing is the sea-side procession of the patron saint. During the fiesta, there is also a fishing smack regatta involving these boats with Phoenician origins.
Other important dates are Carnival, Holy Week, the Romerías de Mayo and the Festividad de San Juan, not to mention the Festival de la Comedia (Comedy Festival), the Concurso Tradicional de Verdiales (a local flamenco singing style competition), the Puerta de la Axarquía flamenco festival and the Semana Cultural de Benagalbón (Benagalbón Cultural Week). All the towns in Rincón de la Victoria also have their own separate fiestas.
The star dishes of the local gastronomy are pescaíto (small fish fried in very hot olive oil) and boquerón victoriano (local anchovies). You can try these products and more seafood at any restaurant or beach bar in Rincón de la Victoria. Also not to be missed are the traditional espetos de sardinas (sardine brochettes grilled on hot coals). Ideal side dishes are ajoblanco (a cold garlic and almond soup with grapes as a garnish) and zoque (a typical gazpacho made with tomatoes, peppers, garlic, oil and country-style bread).
The sopa de maimones (a variation of garlic soup) and stews with fennel and collard greens (both vegetables that are widely grown in Malaga) are two other gems of the local cuisine. As for pastries, highlights include borrachuelos (marvellous spaghetti squash pasties) and pestiños (a sweet made with friend dough and dunked in honey).
Rincón de la Victoria is one of the places in Málaga Province with the earliest presence of man. The paintings and archaeological remains in the caves of El Tesoro and La Victoria attest to the presence of human inhabitants in the Palaeolithic. In the eighth century BC, the Phoenicians settled in the Benagalbón hill, which was later taken by the Romans. The ruins of a bath complex with steam rooms and latrines have come down to us, together with traces of a garum factory and a luxury villa having as many as 13 mosaics. The fortified city was named "Bezmiliana".
Pliny the Elder writes about a fort built to fight off attackers at sea in the first century AD. The Arabs might have developed a village around this fortification. In the times of Al-Andalus, the town became quite important, acquiring the status of a medina. It is mentioned by the Spanish-Muslim geographer and cartographer Muhammad al-Idrisi in the eleventh century. He wrote about two mosques, a fishing harbour and city walls. About 300 years later, the Nasrid rule Yusuf I had several lookout towers built along the coastline.
With the advance of the Christian troops from Vélez, the Muslims fled. The soldiers of the Catholic Monarch found a deserted village. 120 people were drawn to repopulate the area. But the new settlers left the place soon, driven away by the plague and the never-ending invasions from the sea. The area entered a phase of decline, until in the eighteenth century King Charles II had the lookout towers rebuilt and the Bezmiliana Fort built.
The big coastal construction paved the way for other, minor, buildings which soon made a new population centre living of the fishing trade. The name "Rincón de la Victoria", however, only came in the mid-twentieth century, even when its population had been larger than Benagalbón"s for several decades. The name came from the Convent of La Victoria, founded by the Minims.
Legend has it…: Treasure Cave
On a small cliff, the Cave of El Tesoro is one of the world"s three sea caves open to the public. Its galleries, columns and gorges emerged from the action of the waves and sea currents for thousands of years. The cave then rose above sea level, freshwater leaking and dripping to carve the stalactites and stalagmites. The complex, also known as Cave of El Higuerón, contained traces of human life from the Palaeolithic and the Bronze Age.
There are several stories about the treasure the cave was supposed to contain. One of them is that five kings of the Hammudid dynasty buried their treasures in the cave before fleeing away. This story is told in a book by the researcher Manuel Laza Palacio, who spent many years studying the cave and found six twelfth-century gold dinars. According to a different version, the treasure was sent from Oran by Caliph Yusuf ibn Tashfin, who reached the coast of Málaga when running away from riots at home.
According to Laza Palacio, the cave could also have been a sanctuary dedicated to the Phoenician goddess of fertility Noctiluca, who was believed to rule in Heaven and Earth and to have power over life and death.
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