Cuento y leyenda del Rincón de la Victoria
There are different theories concerning the origin of its name; the most likely is the one that claims that it is due to the fact that the lands had once belonged to the Frailes Mínimos de la Victoria (Friars of Victoria).
- Name of its inhabitant:
(Treasure Cave), which is the same one as the Cave of Legends of the Cueva del Higuerón (Cave of the Fig Tree)
According to contrasting studies, the goddess Noctilucahas a sanctuary with an altar in the Cave of the fig tree. This altar which had been naturally sculpted inside the cave represented a waxing half moon over which there is a stone formation with a full moon in the centre. Noctiluca, the goddess of fertility, life and death, was adored by the Phoenicians and their coins which were minted in Málaga had an altar and other forms similar to the one in the cave on the reverse.
A book written by Cecilio García de la Lena, at the end of the XVIII century claims that Marco Licinio Craso (115-53 BC) hid in the Cave of the Fig Tree as he fled following his father’s assassination, which is why one of the caves bears his name.
Another legend talks about the Cueva del Tesoro (Treasure Cave), which is the same one as the Cave of the Fig tree and is included in Manual Laza Palacio’s book “El Tesoro de cinco los reyes” (The treasure of the five kings), which describes how, before fleeing, five Hammudi kings buried a fantastic treasure somewhere in the cave. It should be mentioned that Manuel Laza Palacio found six XII century golden dinars when he was carrying out a study of this cave in the mid-50s. A second version states that the treasure was sent from Oran by the Caliph Texuflin Ben Ali, an Almoravid king who reached the coast of Malaga fleeing from an uprising in which he would surely have perished.
Once again, history intertwines with legend and the Treasure Cave acquires another name, Cueva del Suizo (The Cave of the Swiss), since it was Antonio de la Nari, a Swiss noble who has formed part of the Swiss guard who, after buying the cave in the middle of the XIX century, explored it for twenty years; he died in it when buried by a dynamite charge which he had placed in order to open or discover new galleries. Since that unlucky day in 1847 he has formed part of the history and legend of the cave. A rumor immediately went round that the tormented soul of the unfortunate Swiss wandered sporadically through the ravines coming out to scare those who saw him.