Between the Axarquía and the Montes of Málaga is the small village of Totalán, part of the scenic Route of the Raisin, 13 kilometres inland from the coast at Rincon de la Victoria and 22 kilometres from Málaga, it is approached from the autovia by coming off at the Centro Comercial Rincon de la Victoria and then turning right and driving inland, winding up along and above the dry river bed for about 300 metres until you approach the village where the first thing you notice is the new Paseo de Salud, built by the town in 2009 to encourage its residents to take a healthy stroll. There are strategically placed benches where walkers can sit and take a break whilst admiring the views, smooth mountains full of almond and olive trees. Mind you walking through the village itself might seem good enough exercise as it is very steep and there are lots of steps to get the thighs in shape!

Totalán was apparently named for the Arab pastry Torta and its most famous festival, of Provincial Interest, held in November each year if the Chanfaina Fiesta which celebrates a popular and ancient dish named Chanfaina, a kind of stew, made from potatoes, olive oil, offal, black pudding, sausages, breadcrumbs, garlic, cloves, vinegar, salt, pepper and cumin. So with food very much at the forefront perhaps the town hall knew what it was talking about when it wanted its inhabitants to go and exercise!

One of the first squares you find in the village itself is the Plaza de la Constitucion where the 17th century church of Santa Ana, built in 1505 complete with an Arab Arch dominates the skyline. You can also find a baker´s, a chemist, a bank and one of the entrances to the town hall.

Totalán may be small but it has its claim to fame! Paco and María, the parents of the singer and actor Antonio Molina, were both born in the village and the main square, where you can easily park your car, is named after him, Plaza Antonio Molina. There is a plaque that says although he was born in Málaga he learned to sing in Totalán. As did the flamenco singer Enrique Castillo who was also born in the village.

When you leave the village, instead of driving back the way you came from the Centro Comercial, why not carry on, drive over the bridge and make your way back via the village of Olías where you can stop for a drink before descending down the steep and windy road that leads you back to Málaga. The views are spectacular!

Properties for sale in Totalán, Spain

Found: 2 Properties

    780844 AD150 view shortlist (0)
    Country Home : Totalán

    170,000 €

    Charming 2-bedroom country property near the village of Totalán. One can enjoy fabulous sea and mountain views and a fantastic proximity to the beach and

    • Reference: AD150
    • Bedrooms: 2
    • Built size: 129 m²
    • Plot size: 3000 m²
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    Townhouse : Totalán

    140,000 €

    Newly reformed and extended, 3 storey town house in the centre of Totalán which is just a 15 minute drive to the coast and the shopping centre at Rincon

    • Reference: AS2640
    • Bedrooms: 2
    • Built size: 72 m²
    • Plot size: 0 m²
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