Holidays to Torrox are all about quiet afternoons and evenings spent sampling churros and Spanish wine.

Good enough to eat

With its mountainside setting, the long, slim town of Torrox has great views of Spain's sun-soaked southern coast – the Costa del Sol. Food specialities include grilled sardines, garlic soup and chocolate-dunked churros, not to mention the Andalusian red wine produced in the surrounding Axarquia vineyards.

Hidden gems

Torrox Costa, the beach side of town, is less than a 10-minute drive away from the inland area, Torrox Pueblo. When you get there, you'll clock a lively promenade lined with cafés and shops. Further to the east is Nerja – a 10-minute bus ride away – with surprisingly secluded beaches. For livelier sands, you're under an hour by car from Malaga.

To the lighthouse

At the end of the long promenade in Torrox Costa is a 19th-century lighthouse practically begging to be photographed. Its archaeological foundation includes the remains of a Roman villa and thermal baths – the adjoining museum will explain all the history for you.

Monday market

Set your alarm on Monday morning, as that's when Torrox welcomes its weekly market. Fresh produce is the star of the show, so save a little room for a fruit breakfast. There are also side stalls selling traditional clothes and souvenirs that you can pick up as a memory of your trip.

At a Glance

  • Get that sun-kissed glow on uncrowded beaches
  • Take a trip to the photogenic Lighthouse of Torrox
  • Have a taste of Axarquia's local delicacies

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