The last iconic building of Torremolinos

The small palace was restored in 2014 and is open Monday to Friday for free visits.
The small palace was restored in 2014 and is open Monday to Friday for free visits. / A.G.
  • The Casa de los Navajas, given protected status and restored in 2014, hosts exhibitions and concerts and is free to visit

Behind its unique and regal shapes, the Casa de los Navajas contains almost an entire century of history. Considered one of the last great iconic buildings of Torremolinos and one of the most magnificent in the whole province, this Neo-Mudéjar mansion really stands out among the tower blocks surrounding it.

It takes its name from Antonio Navajas, who made his living growing sugar cane from which amassed a small fortune, which he put towards building his dream: a house by the sea. Navajas bought an empty building and turned it into a beautiful small palace, complying with the architectural norms of the early twentieth century. It was built in 1925 and it is similar to other buildings of the era, like the Malaga university Rectorado building, the old Casa de Correos, or the Salamanca market in El Molinillo.

The Casa de los Navajas was bought by Torremolinos council twenty years ago, on the condition that the last of Antonio Navajas' daughters could continue living there for three more years. The building was named a site of historical interest in 1991 by the Junta de Andalucía. It suffered some serious damage until, in 2011, the government ordered its restoration in order to create a large room where civilian weddings (and later, civilian baptisms) could be celebrated. The lookouts on the roof were fixed and the interior was remodeled, all with the aim to conserve the building as a tourist attraction.

The work, which required construction materials that are no longer in use and a laborious restoration, was completed in 2014. Then, this architectural gem, situated on a cliff facing the Bajondillo beach, opened its doors.

The house has two floors; one is home to a great hall and several bedrooms, and the second was constructed as a lookout point, with a large living room and two towers from which you can see both sides of the Malaga coastline.

The interior design is inspired by the Alhambra in Granada and it now hosts exhibitions, weddings and important guests. The 340 square metres of the house has been home to three generations of Navajas and the tiling and costumbrist screens continue to stand out.

The building, one of the greatest architectural emblems in Torremolinos, along with the Torre de Pimentel or the Casa de María Barrabino, is open Monday to Friday and is free to visit. It is easy to walk there via Calle Las Mercedes or Calle Bajondillo.

In recent years, the house has also been used as a set for small theatrical pieces and has hosted concerts and exhibitions, such as 'Mujeres aventureras', which paid tribute to 12 pioneers of politics, science, culture and information.