Triana: Typical Village With A Little Bit More
Triana is located inland about 10km from the coast at Torre Del Mar. This small community is set amongst fruit trees in a fertile valley. Its traditional character makes it a popular choice with Europeans who want the real deal of Spanish life.
Triana is a white village but it is also built on flat ground so no steep climbs which is why it is a popular place to relocate. It is a recently formed village in Axarquía history dating from about the nineteenth century. This makes it very different in feel to other towns and villages nearby. Add to this, the small but wide range of services: two local supermarkets, a chemist, a couple of bars and a village school as well as the central location to major centres: Torre Del Mar, Vélez-Málaga and even the metropolis of Malaga itself and it is easy to see why a number of foreigners make this their new home.
Welcome to Triana one of the many beautiful white washed villages
Live music and feria's
The village fair or Feria, held during July, is a lively and entertaining event with live music, dancing and celebration. This liveliness contrasts with a tiny population of a mere 700! There’s also a traditional Romeria held in June. In fact, one of Flamenco’s most famous singers was born here, José Beltrán Ortega, and there’s a plaque in tribute to him in the village as well as traditional music playing a vital part of any festivity.
For a small village, there are quite a few and diverse leisure facilities: there is a public swimming pool with a nominal charge to use it all day, including a bar and children's playground too. On the outskirts of Triana there is a small riding school where you can hire horses and ride along the dry river bed or even ride up into the mountains where the views are incredible and the tranquility wonderful. You can keep up to date with the village’s own Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/trianacorazondelaaxarquia/
The river bed is to the south of the village and, when dry, it is a perfect place to have a leisurely walk. From here is the pretty tiny hamlet of Zorrilla, originally a bandits’ and smugglers’ village. Even its location is like a secret, with the beautiful white houses hidden from view and set among fruit groves. When the river bed fills with water from the rain and the snow melting in the mountains, then this village is difficult to access and in the past, impossible, making it the perfect place to hide contraband.
Triana is a place which might be overlooked but it is definitely worth a detour. It has charm and character and, if you decide that Axarquía should be your future home, it is certainly worth exploring as a relocation possibility.
Weekly Tuesday market
Nearby to Triana and driving past the small airport, the next village on the way back towards Vélez-Málaga, there’s an unusual and unique market held on Tuesday mornings at the Jardin de Trapiche. What makes this market different is that most of the stalls are run by foreigners who have made this region their home. There’s fresh produce, clothes, cards, British food products along with stalls offering assistance to those recently relocated: insurance, real estate, internet connections and animal rescue to name just a few. All this is set in a rather lovely place. This venue is often used for weddings and private events and it can seem quite colonial with its tropical gardens and white wrought iron furniture. It’s an excellent place to get to know people and learn about this exciting area from insiders.