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Júzcar, Frigiliana and Benarrabá lead way with the most bars in town per head

Dolores Retamero with old photos in Frigiliana’s Virtudes bar.
Dolores Retamero with old photos in Frigiliana’s Virtudes bar. / E.C.
  • A study carried out by Coca-Cola has put the ‘Smurf village’ at the top of the list of places with the most bars for every one thousand inhabitants in Malaga province

A study carried out by Coca-Cola has revealed that the small village of Júzcar has the most bars per one thousand inhabitants in Malaga province.

Normally known for being the first ‘Smurf village’ in the world, the village in the mountains of Ronda leads the way in Malaga province with 8.77 bars for every one thousand inhabitants. The report uses data from Spain’s national statistics institute.

In second place, with 7.24 bars for every thousand people in the village, is Frigiliana. It is recorded as having a total of 22 bars for its 3,039 residents.

Frigiliana has experienced enormous growth in tourism in the last few years and as a result is now full of bars, restaurants and cafeterias. The oldest bar in the town is the Virtudes bar, founded in the 1930s. Dolores Retamero, 70, and her three sons, Antonio, Francisco Javier and Jorge, run this historic bar.

Holding a photograph of her mother, Virtudes Martín, serving wine in the bar during the mid- 1940s, Dolores commented, “We are in a good area, right in the centre, between the Barribarto and the new part, it is a place where everyone has to walk past.”

Benarrabá (near Ronda), Nerja and Torrox make up the top five with 6.09, 5.94 and 4.9 bars per one thousand inhabitants respectively.

Parauta and Gaucín are ranked sixth and seventh in the report, with 4.35 and 4.32 bars per thousand respectively.

To complete the top ten, Fuengirola has a ratio of 3.57 bars, Manilva 3.32 and Cártama 3.24.

Marbella is ranked 11th in this particular study with 3.18 bars, while Ronda, Benalmádena, Torremolinos and Vélez-Málaga make up part of the top 16, with around three bars each per thousand residents.

Estepona and Antequera both have below the national average, with 1.22 bars each. They are joined by Mijas and Alhaurín de la Torre, the latter with just 0.98 bars per one thousand inhabitants.