La Cala del Moral is a town within the municipality of Rincón de la Victoria in the province of Málaga. It is located in the Axarquía region and is part of the metropolitan area of Málaga. It borders the municipality of Totalán to the north, Málaga to the west, and Rincón de la Victoria to the east. The territory of the town is delimited by the Totalán stream to the west, the Cantal slope to the east, the A-7 highway to the north, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south, with an area of approximately 2.33 km² and a population of around 16,103 inhabitants in 2021.
History and culture of La Cala del Moral
The origins of La Cala del Moral date back to the beginning of the 20th century when it began to be populated by fishermen. Human presence in the area has been documented since Prehistory, with sites ranging from the Mousterian to the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods. Noteworthy are the archaeological complexes of Cueva de la Victoria and Cueva del Higuerón, which have provided materials from various prehistoric periods. La Cala del Moral retains numerous vestiges of its past, such as the La Cala Watchtower, built in the 18th century to protect the coast from pirate attacks.
La Cala del Moral has 1300 meters of beach with all kinds of facilities and an average annual temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, which rises to 30 degrees in summer and rarely drops to 8 degrees in winter. This beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. Water sports lovers can enjoy paddle surfing, kayaking, and windsurfing.
Gastronomy of La Cala del Moral
The most prominent dishes of La Cala’s gastronomy are the result of its Andalusian roots and the Malaga Axarquía region. Thus, fried fish and sardine skewers are present in many of the beach restaurants, where it is common to see the small boat where the skewers are made. Of course, the tropical products of Axarquía and Andalusian gazpacho are not missing.
Places of Interest in La Cala del Moral
La Cala del Moral is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes and places of historical interest.
Cueva del Tesoro: an underwater cave with impressive rock formations.
Túnel de La Cala del Moral: a tunnel carved into the rocks for the passage of the train, which currently serves as a pedestrian walkway between La Cala and Rincón de la Victoria.
El Cantal: A beautiful walk along a cliff by the sea.
Sanctuary of the Virgin of Carmen: A small niche in the rocks of El Cantal with the image of the Virgin of Carmen, beloved by the people of La Cala who visit it daily.
Sala de Exposiciones Mare Nostrum: Former train station currently dedicated to cultural exhibitions.
Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. del Rosario in Plaza de Antonio Estrada Paseo Marítimo has access to the beach.
Torre Vigía de El Cantal: A watchtower built in the 18th century.
Casa de la Cultura, located in Plaza Gloria Fuertes, houses the Library, the Municipal Office, and Las Musas.
Sala de las Musas, exhibition space in Casa de la Cultura.
Fairs and Festivals in La Cala del Moral
La Cala Fair
La Cala del Moral on the Internet
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