Altitude: 20 m
Distance to Malaga: 28 km
Distance to coast: 0 km
There are wide sandy beaches flanked by a long beachfront promenade with pretty views along the coast and of the hills and mountains behind dotted with white houses and villages. Two kilometres to the east there is a fishing port and marina at La Caleta de Velez. This area has not yet been developed as a tourist attraction but remains very much a working port. There is just one bar/restaurant that overlooks the marina itself although there is a choice of several to the right of the port entrance. The scenary along the coast, as well as a chance to spot dolphins and other marine life, can be explored in the motor launch run by the Caleta Cruise Club. These cruises cater for small parties of up to ten people and include free drinks and tapas.
Torre del Mar has a lot of atmosphere and local flavour with numerous shops, restaurants (including some very good fish and seadfood restaurants) and bars. A 500 metre seafront stretch, called El Copo, 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. Along an adjoining stretch of the seafront there is a summer night market open until 3.00h every morning. In July and August the town is a holiday venue to mostly Spanish tourists.