Totalan lies 22 kilometres from Malaga and 9 kilometres from the coast at Rincon de la Victoria, at an altitude of 290 metres. The village is located within the area of Axarquia, on the scenic Route of the Raisin, and has a population of 800.
Much of the village is of recent construction, its main historic monument being the 17th century parish church.
Size of Municipality: 9 km2
Altitude: 290 m
Distance to Malaga: 22 km
Distance to coast: 9 km
Average sunshine per day: 8.00 hrs
Every November, Totalan hosts the annual Chanfaina Fiesta. Chanfaina is a popular and ancient dish, fuel to local farmers, that begins with potatoes fried in olive oil. The next step is the addition of sausages, tripe and black pudding whilst stirring gently on a low heat. These cooked ingredients are then placed on a base of breadcrumbs, salt, vinegar, garlic, oregano, cloves, cumin and pepper. The name Chanfaina is undoubtably of Arab origin although one of its ingredients, the potato, did not come to Europe until the discovery of America when the Moors were being expelled from Spain. During the fiesta, music, dancing and other entertainment accompanies the dish with wine and beer given away to locals and visitors alike. Details of Totalan´s other annual festivals can be found at the fiestas link at the bottom of this page.
The hamlet of Los Castillos lies within the municipality of Totalan.
Totalan Popular Fiestas:
Mid May – Romeria
Late May – Feria de Totalan
Late August – Fiesta de la Pasa
Late November – Chanfaina Fiesta
Early December – Carols & Nativity
Totalan Useful Numbers:
Emergency Doctor: 061
Emergency Police: 091
Town Council: 952 400 215