Totalán is land of song and music, as well as the hometown of a legendary artist (actor and singer), Don Antonio Molina, who spent much of his childhood and youth here with his family. Old...
An Arabic watchtower which, along with Totalán’s own tower, formed part of the line of defence that guarded the coast. This tower was restored in 2009 and from there stunning views of...
According to Mister Mateo Gallego, the name Totalán is of Arabic origin and means “torta" or “cake”. This theory is based on a series of documents which mention a...
There is a theory about the origin of the name of the town which claims that “totalán” means “pastry” in Arabic. Name of its inhabitants: Totalanenos or totalenos....
Totalan extends over the banks of two streams in the borderlands between the La Axarquia region and the Malaga Mountains. Narrow streets and white houses recall the Andalusian past, associated with the figure of the flamenco singer Antonio Molina.
Because of its location between the sea and the mountains, the Arabs converted Totalan into a surveillance spot from which to look out over the Malaga coast line. Some traces from this period still persist today in the architecture and traditional cuisine.
SOME THINGS NOT TO BE MISSED IN TOTALAN
From time immemorial, this land has witnessed many different settlements. Not far from the urban centre, in the sparsely populated area of Los Baltasares, you can look out onto the Cerro de la Corona Dolmen, a stone tomb structure, dating between the 4th and 3rd millennium BC. It is situated on top of a hill, which offers magnificent views of the surrounding areas.
Going back into the centre of the village, we come across the Torre del Violín-Mirador del Zagal, which commemorates the Arab victory against the Christian army in a battle which took place in 1483. This newly-built complex has a square, a ceramic mosaic and a tower containing exhibition rooms.
Also dating from the Muslim period is the Torre de Salazar (Salazar Tower), which is listed as a site of Cultural Interest. It was built in the 11th century on a hill which divides part of the municipality of Totalan and Malaga Bay. It functioned as a look-out tower to prevent possible invasions by enemies.
The Santa Ana parochial church is the main religious monument in Totalan. Although it dates back to the 16th century, it was reformed one century later. It has two naves, separated by rounded arches and a magnificent wooden coffered ceiling. Outside you can observe the Mudejar-style tower and an archway that connects the church building with the nearby houses.
Also worth a visit are the Jardines de la Cascada (Waterfall Gardens), Paseo de la Salud and the ancient communal washing place, located in La Huerta. The village also has a beautiful monument in honour of the flamenco singer Antonio Molina, eminent son of the village and one of the most famous flamenco artists in history.
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