Torrox

Torrox
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This village consists of two separate areas: firstly the village, located a few kilometers from the coast in the upper valley of the river of its name and which retains the characteristic features of the white villages of Arab origin, whose main activity is modern agriculture, greenhouse and subtropical products. In addition, its coastline, which is intended for sun and sand holidays with a wealth of hotels and clean, well looked-after beaches.

This area is home to a lighthouse near which important archaeological remains from the Roman period are to be found.

History

The Phoenicians and Greeks carried out commercial activities along its 8 kilometres of coastline, but the it was Romans who founded an important factory-town at the mouth of the River Argentino, meaning "silver river" (on a site now known as Punta de Torrox or Faro de Torrox), which was dependent on the larger Caviclum -present-day Torrox-, a prosperous Roman city founded in the 1st century which underwent continuous growth, reaching its peak in the 4th and 5th centuries before being occupied by the Visigoths and, in the 8th century, the Arabs.

In 755 Prince Omeya Abd-el-Rhaman settled in Torrox, leading his followers from here to Cordoba, where he founded the independent Emirate.

During the Andalusi-Arabic period, Torrox was known throughout the Mediterranean for the production and sale of silk fabrics, sugar cane plantations, oil, almonds and figs.

At the time of the conquest by the Catholic Monarchs in 1487, Torrox consisted of three neighbouring hamlets -Alhaguer, Almedina and Alhandac- protected by Torrox Castle which, in time, would lend its name to the town. The definitive capture of Torrox by the Christians did not come until 1488, after a brief spell during which the Moslem leader El-Zagal took control of the town and its castle.

The area were shaken by the major tremor known as the Andalusian Earthquake on Christmas Day 1884; extensive material damage was suffered. On 20 January 1885, a concerned King Alfonso XIII visited the area, staying in the building which today houses Torrox's Cultural Centre.

Sugar cane exploitation ushered in prosperous times in the 19th century, and a number of the town's most noteworthy houses and buildings date back to this era, such as the sugar factory, built in 1890.

Torrox
Tourist area
Distance to the capital (km)
46
Altitude above sea level (m)
120
Extension (Km 2 )
51
No. of Inhabitants
16890
Demonym
Torroxeños
Postal Code
29770
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