Guide to Living in Colmenar

Colmenar is a town of two halves, with a the traditional whitewashed Andalucian village hugging the hillside, and its modern counterpart sitting below. It is the western-most point of Axarquia.
Whilst Colmenar is 700m above sea level, it is not as steep and winding a road to reach as with other hillside villages. Its surroundings are pine forest and open countryside. Ideal for a country retreat, yet not isolated.
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Community

The town’s economy relies on agriculture, livestock farming, and various food and beverage industries, notably honey production. The surrounding countryside hosts many beehives, which inspired the town’s name (‘colmena’ means beehive in Spanish).
Colmenar is often bustling, offering a variety of bars, shops, and restaurants that warmly welcome visitors.
Just under half the population of Colmenar are ex-pats, primarily from northern Europe.

Location

Colmenar is the western point of the Axarquia to the east of Malaga city in Andalucia.
Malaga airport: 40km, 35 minutes
Malaga train and bus stations: 38km, 37 minutes
Beach: No, beaches are at La Malagueta, central Malaga (39km) or Torre del Mar (42km), both 40 minutes

Health

There is a doctor’s surgery and several pharmacies in the village.
The nearest hospitals are in Torre del Mar and Malaga.

Shopping

Colmenar has shopping more or less covered with ferreterias (ironmongers), supermarkets, grocers, bakers, butchers and so on.
For clothes shopping, the nearby towns of Vélez-Mélaga, Torre del Mar and Malaga centre have the full range of high street stores, as well as boutiques.
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Public Transport

Colmenar is connected to Malaga city via Casabermeja and Riogordo with multiple return journeys per weekday, and reduced weekend services. The journey takes an average of an hour in each direction.
Sports Facilities
Colmenar has a municipal outdoor swimming pool open during the summer months. There are also padel, tennis, basketball and football courts, plus fitness centres.
In the surrounding countryside there are great hiking and mountain biking routes.

Annual Events

Colmenar celebrates Easter, Christmas and has its own summer feria as most towns and villages in Andalucia.
In addition, there is the Fiesta of the Virgen de la Candelaria in February, and Fiesta del Mosto y de la Chacina (young wine and charcuterie) in November.

Useful links

Colmenar Town Hall (ayuntamiento)
Honey museum

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