Altitude: 8 m
Distance to Malaga: 10 km
Distance to coast: 0 km
Average sunshine per day: 8.17 hrs
Rincon de la Victoria comprises four urban nuclei: Rincon, La Cala del Moral, Torre de Benagalbon on the coast and Benagalbon inland, which lie on two scenic routes the Route of the Raisin and the Route of Sun and Avocado.
In early September, as the Spanish tourists retreat to their more northerly homes, Rincon de la Victoria hosts an annual Fiesta of the Boqueron (Anchovy). During the fiesta, stalls give away thousands of kilos of this fish. The celebration begins with a gastronomy contest for young chefs who present dishes based on the anchovy. The festivities are accompanied by music and dancing into the night. Details of Rincon´s other annual festivals can be found at the fiestas link at the bottom of this page.
Settlement of the area dates from prehistoric times. Late Palaeolithic (35,000-10,000 BC) sites have been discovered from which a collection of tools and Stone-Age art have been extracted. The remains of Roman settlement and a 3rd century Roman fortress are also located in the area. The Roman writer, Plinio, refers to a temple built here that was dedicated to the moon. During the 12th century, under Arab occupation, the town was known as Bezmiliana. The stronghold of the Castle of Bezmiliana, of great strategic importance, was built at this time and its remains can be seen at Castellón.
There are interesting caves at Las Cuevas del Tesoro (Treasure Caves) where gold was reputedly hidden by Arabs. A series of underground caverns has stalagmites, stalagtites, underground pools and Palaeolithic wall paintings. These are the only visible marine caves in Europe and are believed to be the prehistoric sanctuary of the goddess Noctiluca.
Villages and hamlets within the municipality of Rincon de la Victoria are: Benagalbon, La Cala del Moral, Torre de Benagalbon, Aguirre and Los Millanes.