Every week we realise how unknown the historic centre of Vélez-Málaga is. But you must know that it is declared a historical-artistic site and, as we always say, it is full of interesting and hidden treasures, and therefore one of our favourite villages in this region.
Many friends, family and clients of Plan A tell us every day that they did not know that Velez-Malaga was so interesting, although many of them have been living in the region for a long time or even all their lives.
It is true that about 10 years ago it was very difficult to visit the cultural heritage, as most of the monuments were closed and only some persons had a key. But it has been a long time since the opening of them has been facilitated, with friendly staff and free admission, so we think that this lack of knowledge may be due to a lack of promotion of Vélez-Málaga as a cultural destination.
From Plan A we do our bit, offering walking guided tours every Wednesday, and the best prize is to see our customers pleasantly surprised day after day.
Walking through its streets will allow you to discover different monumental buildings and sites that preserve centuries of history: churches, convents, palaces, squares, and even an old Arabic medina with its fortress.
Climbing its two opposite hills will also allow you to enjoy spectacular 360-degree views: the natural park of Sierra Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama with its highest peaks, some of the white villages that make up the Axarquía region, plains with different crops and Torre del mar with the Mediterranean in the background.
But it is true that it is not an easy city to visit for the first time, since some of the most interesting corners are a little hidden.
If you want to do the visit on your own we recommend you to get a map in one of the tourist offices, where they will mark the main monuments and places you shouldn’t miss!
And if you prefer to join a guided tour, you can always contact us.
Whatever you choose, our final recommendation is to enjoy a some tapas or a nice meal after the walk, and for that we recommend you two of our favourite places:
- El Convento Restaurant: a very charming place, with very good service, that uses many local products cooked with a great taste. This is where we enjoy our tapas after the guided tour, and I can tell you that many clients stay longer or come back another day to enjoy its gastronomic offer.
- San Francisco Market: we are totally in love with this building, which reopened as a gourmet market a year and a bit ago. Inside you will find the Mangoa Restaurant (traditional and avant-garde cuisine), the bar El Almacén (with 30 different types of beers and delicious wines), and various food stalls. Without forgetting La Placita, a small square that you will find at the back of the market, where different artisans work and sell their products. Great idea for an original and unique gift!
So we encourage you to visit, discover, feel, taste and enjoy this special place, which apart from the interesting history and past will offer you many art exhibitions, crafts and rich gastronomy.