Torrox Costa is the next town along the coast to the west of Nerja. Torrox has a long seafront promenade, lined with bars, restaurants and cafes on one side and the narrow beach on the other. The promenade starts at the mouth of the Rio Torrox, with its landmark lighthouse on the promontory. There is free parking in the street that goes down to the lighthouse (see map location below) and in other streets nearby. To drive there leave Nerja along the coast road (the N-340) that goes past the Donkey Sanctuary – Torrox Costa is around 15 minutes away by car. You can also get a bus from the bus station at the top of Nerja.

Although the seafront has suffered from the Costa del Sol blight of over-development, with large tower blocks lining it, seemingly from end to end, if you ignore the tower blocks and instead look out to sea, Torrox Costa is a nice place to go for an evening stroll, or to sit in a promenade cafe and watch the sunset. There are more bars and restaurants along the main road that passes through Torrox Costa, along with a couple of supermarkets and other smaller shops.
Promenade At Torrox Costa At Nightfall
Playa Ferrara is a long sandy beach that runs the length of the promenade and has loungers and umbrellas for hire along with beach showers and toilets. In winter, storms sometimes wash the sand away, leaving a rocky shoreline in places. There is a also smaller beach, Playa Chica, in a cove next to the lighthouse. The beaches run all the way along the coast to the next small town, El Morche, which has its own small promenade along with bars and restaurants.

There are the ruins of a Roman villa behind the lighthouse and further Roman remains nearby, including the salted fish factory, which was later used as a mausoleum, protected by the large canopy pictured below. Remains of a ceramics furnace can be found on the promenade itself under a tented roof.


There is exercise equipment dotted along the seafront, along with a number of children’s playgrounds, including a large playground around 10 minutes walk along the promenade from the lighthouse, with a couple of bars and restaurants right behind it, where mum and dad can relax with a drink while the children entertain themselves on the slides and climbing frames.

It is also rumoured that Hitler’s mistress Eva Braun had a holiday villa in Torrox, a gift from the Spanish dictator Franco. The villa is said to be located not far inland from the lighthouse, but no one knows for sure if this is true or not, or whether this is just a joke to explain the number of Germans who holiday in the town.

Torrox Pueblo

Torrox Costa also has its twin hillside village, Torrox Pueblo, 4kms inland from the coast. Torrox Pueblo is a pretty Andalucian village, with winding narrow streets and a picturesque square in front of the church (pictured below), with a handful of bars and restaurants and is well worth a visit for a coffee or lunch.

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