What to visit in Tolox
- Balneario de Tolox: Don José García Rey, a native of Tolox and a pharmacist, began a scientific study on the Tolox springs, emphasizing the gases for healing purposes that the spring water releases. In 1869 the inhalation spa of its waters was inaugurated, which attracts great athletes from all over the world.
- Barrio Alto y Barrio Castillo: In the 9th century there is information that there was a castle in Tolox. Today only remains of a wall are preserved, which can be seen in its narrow alleys in the center and there are some remains inside some private homes. The Barrio Alto is a picturesque place with typical Andalusian streets, with steep alleys and corners full of flowers and traditional andalusian facades.
- House Museum of Popular Arts: Open since 1992, it is a museum set in the 19th century style. A museum where the three exhibition rooms take you to Tolox’s past. The exhibition, made up of objects, toys, and tools they used to work the fields, also has some of the parts from the last mill of Tolox. Besides, it also has an exhibition of images and photographs from the fifties.
- Iglesia de San Miguel Arcángel: Built in 1505. It was in this church that Christians took refuge during the Moorish uprising of 1568. After a fire it was rebuilt in 1577 by the master of the Malaga Cathedral. The church tower was built on top of a former Minaret of the old mosque.
- Hermitage of San Roque: Built in the 80s in the 20th century about 2km from the municipality on the remains of a primitive hermitage in honor of the patron saint of the town, San Roque.
- Hermitage of Virgen de las Sierra: Built with natural stones from the area, forming a beautiful landscape, located in the heart of the Sierra de las Nieves, 5 km from the town of Tolox.
- Cueva de la Tinaja: A cave located in the Arroyo de los Horcajos in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park.
A weekend chilling around Tolox
Within the town there are not many parking options, as most of the streets are pedestrianized. We entered the town but as soon as we saw the slopes we turned around and parked just outside the town just past the Tolox welcome sign and we walked towards the town.
We enter the town and immediately see the slopes uphill, but that is known if you go to the Sierra de las Nieves. We arrived at our La Plaza Hostel-Restaurant located in the center of Tolox next to the Local Police. Very friendly staff and very well-kept cleaning rooms and fully equipped with a bottle of water, candy, bath products, dressing gown and flip flops.
We begin our exploration of the old town by strolling through the narrow streets of the town where the old castle of Tolox was formerly, of which almost nothing is preserved. But it does not take away the charm that the narrow and inclined streets present to continue strolling through the houses of the town with its plants and typical Andalusian decorations.
Along with these Andalusian decorations we find urban art in its streets by the artists in the meetings organized by Art Tolox, during our walk around the town we find colorful paintings, sculptures, murals with poems and works with ingenuity that makes the walk through this village even more charming.
We advance towards the famous spa “El Balneario de Tolox” we had read about, on our way to the spa we immediately observe the Tolox valley and its nature that reflects tranquility. Once arrived at the Hotel of the Spa and the Spa itself we see that everything is closed during the winter time. We will return to the Spa during high season because it sincerely creates great curiosity.
Next to the Spa we see that it is the beginning of several hiking trails, it was already late but we decided to do the Charco de la Virgen route, we started crossing the small river and started walking into nature. After a 2.4Km path, we arrive at the Charco de la Virgen, an impressive place, since the waters of this course are precipitated by a 20m waterfall. On the way back along the linear path we find a herd of mountain goats along the trails which makes us feel even more the nature of the Sierra de las Nieves.
Returning to the town on Avenida San Roque we stopped for a beer in Cafeteria-Bar where we also ordered a typical village loin sandwich in butter, I recommend the place because the sandwich with the Alhambra beer was of good quality at a good price.
We head to Calle Polito where we see a cozy street with several terraces with views over Tolox. Before approaching the bar we see a typical kiosk with sweets and crafts created by the owner, we went to buy some candies, the owners of the quisco are from Argentina, very friendly they tell us a little about the town and the lifestyle, do not forget go buy some candy when you walk through Tolox. Opposite we find the La Alberca Restaurant-Bar, a large terrace with views over Tolox where we have a beer enjoying the sunset over the valley and the amazing views.
For dinner we checked in at Hostal La Plaza, we saw that it has a cozy restaurant right next door and we decided to have dinner inside our hostel. The service of the restaurant super pending on us if we are comfortable enough. The menu has typical local dishes and some with an Asian touch. The price of the dishes is medium-high, but the quality of the food is very good. We spoke with Chef Sergio and he tells us that he had lived several years in Thailand, something that shows in his elaboration of the dishes. The next day the breakfast was very well cared for with bread of the day, fresh charcuterie and good cheeses.
We asked where we can have a drink on a Saturday night, they tell us that there is a disco nearby but that in winter it is not open. We head to the Café-Bar V&R where we arrive at a cocktail bar where you can play pool and darts and enjoy a good atmosphere.
And here our Tolox Adventure ends, we will return for more and better!