Vélez Málaga The Essential
The whitewashed houses of Vélez Málaga, the main town in the Axarquía region, stretch to the east of Málaga, slightly inland from the Costa del Sol. With the Mudejar church of Santa María and the keep of its old fortress, the town cuts a fine figure. It is well worth strolling through the La Villa neighbourhood, of Moorish origin, to take in the lovely views over the farmland. The town hall is housed in the 17C Palace of the Marqués de Beniel, with its sober, elegant façade.