See H. Bolton, ed., Pageant in the Wilderness (1951).
The municipality includes a significant area of the surrounding countryside and other settlements, including Torre del Mar itself. The area of the entire municipality is 156.36 km², and its population at the 2002 census was 57,458; 28,462 males and 28,995 females, however population is quickly growing.
The transportation infrastructure is currently being expanded to deal with the extensive growth. The Tren runs approximately every half hour from Velez to Torre del Mar, which has many shops and restaurants lacking in Velez. Along The Tren are the state-of-the-art Velez hospital and a major shoping mall, El Ingenio. The bus terminal is also being expanded, with service through Torre, through María Zambrano all the way to the Malaga Airport. Buses and trains to the larger cities of Spain are also available from Velez through the transportation infrastructure.
Vélez-Málaga has an airport, (Axarquía airport), and a fishing port. The Autovía del Mediterráneo crosses through the middle of its territory, with a junction to the carretera nacional (national highway) 340.
Barrio del Pilar, La Villa, Pueblo Nuevo de la Axarquía "Carabanchel", La Gloria, Capuchinos, Barrio Barcelona, Carretera de Arenas, Camino de Algarrobo, Camino viejo de Málaga, San Francisco.
Vélez is currently growning rapidly, with expatriates and immigrants from other parts of Spain appearing in every part of the municipality. Ethnic minority groups include Gypsies, a small Chinese community, Islamic groups especially Moroccans, sub-Saharan Africans, and expatriates from other European Union countries especially Germany and the United Kingdom. In 2003 there were 2,743 residents who did not have Spanish nationality.
Since 1990 there has been a movement, with its own political party, to separate Torre del Mar from Vélez.