- New housing estate Chorropinos in Colmenar
Just 30 kilometres north of Málaga, right
in the middle of Los Montes, lies Colmenar, also known
as the Capitol of the Montes de Málaga. The village was named
after a nearby farm known as Colmenar (apiary) for
it's great number of beehives, or colmenas as they
are called in Spanish.
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On top of the hill, overlooking the village
and its surrounding valleys, sits the hermitage of La Santísima
Virgen de la Candelaria. It was build in the 17th century
and is nowadays declared a historical local monument. The
hermitage is consecrated to the patron saint of Colmenar.
From there you overlook the old part of the
village. To the north, you can see the last range of the Montes
the Malaga, sheltering the village from cold north winds.
To the east your views reach as far as the Sierra de Tejeda
and even the Sierra
Nevada, both with snow-covered peaks in winter.
Colmenar houses the region's medical centre,
opened and staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There
is also an internet cafe and business centre with all facilities.
The village provides most other things you'll need as well,
from supermarkets and butchers to bars and restaurants, and
from schools to banks and furniture shops.
This is rural Andalucia at its best. Yet
the city of Málaga,
the hustle and bustle of the Costa del Sol and the international
airport are all just a half an hour's drive away.