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Tolox. Vista del municipio desde plaza (108)

Just to the east of the Natural Park Sierra de las Nieves is Tolox, a small town in which the flowers, white houses and long streets come together to create a picturesque urban ensemble. The town offers various options allowing you enjoy a mix of activities, tastes and experiences. Nature is within an arms reach along pretty trails on the outskirts of the town, and for those in search of relaxation and wellness, Tolox has the only medicinal thermal spa in all of Spain. Towards the end of the 19th century, this sparkling mineral water was sold in bottles made in London.




Without a doubt, one of the biggest reasons people visit Tolox is the Fuente Amargosa Thermal Spa. Amongst its famous regulars, Miguel Primo de Rivera and Rafael Molina Sánchez ""Lagartijo"" stand out. This spa mainly treats inflammatory skin conditions, allergic reactions in the skin, chronic coronary artery rheumatisms and chronic inflammatory respiratory processes. These waters, unlike other natural springs, are not suitable for drinking, rather it"s the gases that come from the springs that the spa uses. The thermal spa was opened in 1869, and rebuilt after a flood at the start of the 20th century.

Of the original Tolox Castle Walls, only a stretch of wall and some wall cavity remain today. However, this castle was key in the defence of the various different towns in the area. It was built by the Phoenicians and used by the Romans and Muladi Omar Ben Hafsún in 883 in his fight against the Emirate of Córdoba"s troops. Today only the stretch of wall and wall cavity mentioned above are preserved, and where the fortress previously stood, today is the Rinconada del Castillo district.

Walking through Tolox town centre you will find the Plaza Alta, and it's majestic houses. Amongst them are the Casa de la Inquisición and the Casa del Hidalgo Fernández de Villamor, dating back to the 16th century and sporting iron bars on their whitewashed frontage. In the Tolox Popular Tradition and Art Museum House, you will find architecture and stylings typical of 19th century houses, as well as historical objects such as a missal (liturgical book) from 1864.

One of the key stops as you make your way through Tolox is the San Miguel Arcángel church. Built in the 16th century, it was burnt down in 1568 during the Moorish uprising and was rebuilt 9 years later. During these events, the area"s Chrisitans took refuge in the church. Inside you will find canvases from the 18th century that have been attributed to Diego de la Cerda.

The chapels of San Roque and the chapel of the Virgen de las Nieves are two must see destinations for lovers of heritage tourism. The chapel of San Roque, Patron Saint of the town, is 3 kilometres from the city centre and is surrounded by unbeatable views. The Virgen de las Nieves chapel is situated in a building right in the heart of Natural Park Sierra de las Nieves, surrounded by dense pinewood.

Geographic Data
Surface 94 km2
Altitude 315 m
Latitude 36º 41'
Length -4º 54'
Distance to Málaga City 55,3 km
City 2347
Men 1200
Women 1147
Nationality Toloxeños
Town Hall
Escudo de ToloxPlaza de la Constitución, 1, 29109 
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    The Museum is located in the town square, in the same building that is also home to a tourist information office and the Casa de la Cultura. On display in this old house, which recreates the...


    The Tolox Spa, created in 1867, is the only one in Spain specializing exclusively in respiratory, as the waters off gas which is taken by inhalation. Politicians, artists and bullfighters have been...


    Built during the 80s in honour of the local patron saint and located 3 kilometres outside the town itself, it affords excellent panoramic views. Architecturally speaking, it combines a whitewashed...

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    Protected Area : not included Watershed : Mediterranean Catchment Area Main Watercourse : Río Grande Municipality : Tolox Coordinates : x: 332007 / y: 4063659 / z: 207 m Location : easy...


      Recommended month to visit it: February . We are in at a mystical site, almost supernatural, where the souls of the fallen Spanish firs watch over their descendants. In the Sierra de las...


    The Cierva Hill Viewpoint is the access point to the Virgen de la Nieves route and to the town of Tolox. If you walk down it, you will see Our Lady of Las Nieves country chapel where the route...

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    Few records exist regarding the origins of the town: some claim that the Phoenicians were the first to arrive, others point to the Tartessians, while remains of Neolithic settlements were found in...

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    Discovered in 1867, its waters were declared a Public Utility in 1871. The present-day building dates back to 1906, with the upper floor being added in 1931. It is the mainstay of tourism in the...


    Through its website, the municipality offers information on the most relevant activities that take place regularly. If in doubt, contact the Town Hall.


    In the upper part of Tolox, there is an excellent viewpoint that offers views of extraordinary landscape, which includes the village, and one of its rivers, named the Horcajos of Alfaguara,...



Great Sierra de las Nieves Path (GR 243). Stage 04: Tolox - Guaro