Cuento y leyenda de Colmenar
The name originates from the great number of beehives in one of the farms, where the present town originated during the Christian Reconquista.
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Gonzalo Fernández de Coalla, was the son of the ex-mayor of Comares, a knight of Santiago and alderman of the city of Málaga in 1.542. He created the primogeniture of Auta in Málaga.
Baltasar de la Peña y Avilés, was a master canon in the cathedral of Málaga and later became bishop of Ávila. He died in 1.704.
Once again, the legend talks about sailors and shipwrecks. There is in Colmenar a legend that says that around 1.700 nine sailors from the Canary Islands who were sailing opposite the coast of Málaga were surprised by a furious storm; when they could not control the ship they were in they commended themselves to the Virgen de la Candelaria (Virgin of Candlemas), and promised to pay for the costs of a shrine up on the hills they could see in the distance.
The rescue of the sailors from the Canaries was seen as a miracle and they kept their promise; they built a shrine to the Virgin of Candlemas, patron saint of the Canary Islands, on the hills the saw in the distance. Although the dates do not match, as the shrine was built in the XVI century, the chapel was renovated in 1.719 with a vault, decorations and maritime themes typical of the period.