Caleta de Velez
La Caleta de Velez is a fishing town just about 45 mins from Villa Alta mobile home park, with superb beaches, an impressive marina, a large and colourful Saturday morning street market and the 18-hole Baviera Golf course.
Caleta means bay in Spanish and the name of this town literally means the bay of Velez-Malaga, the capital of the area with a traditional town centre, theatre, central hospital and water park plus a large shopping mall, equal to any in the UK. Most people from the park do a "Big Shop" here from time to time.
Caleta is unique as it has a village atmosphere but with all the amenities on hand, it is a short stroll along the promenade, which is lined with palm trees and nesting green parrots.
The fish market and harbour are attractive features of Caleta, it is the primary fishing harbour and market of Malaga Province. A total of 397 species of fish and 102 species of seafood make up the sea life eaten in this part of the world, most of these species though are concentrated in about ten different types of fish.
The Alborán Sea is the passage of water between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and is said to renovate itself every hundred years or so. It brings a rich sea life to the bay which has the depths needed to support the sea life.
The area is rich in plankton, due to the sun that shines all year round, the different temperatures of the waters that flow into the Alborán Sea from both sides make for a rich flora, giving the fish that are caught here a special flavour that is missing from the same fish caught in other parts of the world.
Torre Del Mar
Torre del Mar is actually on the coast. The town lies in a plain surrounded by fields of crops, sugar cane was the main cultivation but more and more farmers are converting to mangoes, avocados, kiwis and salad crops as demand increases There are many market gardens here and large hypermarkets.
There are wide sandy beaches and a long promenade with views along the coast and of the hills and mountains behind dotted with white villages. To the east there is the fishing port and marina of La Caleta de Velez.
Torre del Mar has a lot of atmosphere and local flavour with numerous shops, restaurants, including some very good fish and seafood restaurants and bars. There is a 500 metre seafront stretch which is a continual line of bars and discotheques which are open until 6.00h every morning in the summer and at weekends during the winter.
Another stretch of the seafront there’s a summer night market open until 3.00h every morning. In July and August the town is a holiday venue to mainly Spanish tourists, although the ex pat presence is making itself known.
The town takes its name - Tower of the Sea from the many watch towers that used to guard the coast in Roman and Moorish times.