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Velez-Malaga

Vélez-Málaga is a municipality and the capital of the Axarquía comarca in the province of Málaga, in the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia. It is the most important city in the comarca. Locally it is referred to as Vélez. Vélez-Málaga is the headquarters of the Commonwealth of Municipalities of Costa del Sol-Axarquía. The municipality forms part of the Costa del Sol region.Vélez-Málaga itself is a market city and "bustling market town and supply centre for the regions farmers", 4 km inland from Torre del Mar but unlike the coastal resort not dominated by the tourist industry.HistoryDespite traces of human presence dating to pre-historic times, the first historical mention of a settlement in the area is linked to a Phoenician colony (8th century BC) - remains have been found at Los Toscanos. Also the Romans had settlements in the area, and produced garum.Vélez-Málaga was founded by the Moors after their conquest of Spain. In the 13th-14th century, it was one of the main cities of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. The population growth spurred the population to build outside the walls.
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