Colmenar is a small town in the mountains north of Málaga, in the region of southern Spain called Andalucia. Colmenar was a 45 minute drive from the coastal area where I stayed, and it made a nice day trip by car.
Colmenar means “apiary” in Spanish and the region has a long history of beekeeping. The main attraction for me in Colmenar was their excellent beekeeping museum, the Museo de la Miel (literal translation = Honey Musuem).
The Museo de la Miel is housed in a two story building which is tucked away on a narrow side street in the center of town.
The museum is very well designed. When I first entered the museum, I was shown to a small room and watched a video that covered the history of beekeeping in the region, as well as introducing beekeeping as a hobby and industry.
I then went upstairs to explore the museum. This impressive display of harvesting honey from the side of a cliff really captured my attention!
Just over to the right of the honey harvester is a larger than life bee, complete with full pollen baskets.
There were many displays about the history of beekeeping. These wall displays are recreations of cave drawings about beekeeping.
Here’s the same style as above but made of wood. I was told that these two hives (the one above and below) were meant to hang up in the air, and used to be used in Northern Spain as a way to keep the bears away from the hives. They no longer need these, as it is claimed there are no more bears in that part of Spain.
These display cases held old beekeeping tools and books.
This is the restroom sign for the museum. Reina (queen) to the right, zángano (drone) to the left!
Downstairs there was an area for honey tasting, and a small shop where you could purchase honey and other products. I was very impressed with the Museo de la Miel in Colmenar, Spain. It is perhaps the nicest bee museum I’ve been to. If you’re in the Andalucia area, be sure to visit!