Colmenar, Málaga

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Not to be confused with Colmenar Viejo.
Colmenar
municipality
Skyline of Colmenar
Flag of Colmenar
Flag
Coat of arms of Colmenar
Coat of arms
Colmenar is located in Spain
Colmenar
Colmenar
Location in Spain.
Coordinates: 36°54′19″N 4°20′11″W / 36.90528°N 4.33639°W / 36.90528; -4.33639
Country Spain
Autonomous community Andalusia
Province Málaga
Comarca Axarquía
Government
 • Mayor Pedro Fernández Palomo (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 66 km2 (25 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,681
 • Density 56/km2 (140/sq mi)
Demonym Colmenarenses or Tinajeros
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website Official website
From: IAE - SIMA

Colmenar is a municipality in the province of Málaga, in Andalusia, southern Spain.

Colmenar has been populated since the Neolithic age, as testified by the remains found at the Cueva de las Pulseras. After the Reconquest, the town was named after a nearby farm known as Colmenar (Spanish: "apiary") for its great number of beehives. The history of the village began in 1487, but it is not before 1777 that it became independent as a township.

Colmenar houses the region's medical center.

Main sights[edit]

The view from La Santísima.

On top of the hill, overlooking the village and its surrounding valleys, is the hermitage of La Santísima Virgen de la Candelaria. It was built in the 17th century and is nowadays declared a historical local monument. The hermitage is consecrated to the patron saint of Colmenar.