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Right in the centre of the Costa del Sol in the heart of the Axarquia region of Málaga.

The Axarquía Region.

Routes through the Axarquía region of Málaga

Routes through the Axarquía region of Málaga

The Axarquia Region is situated in the easternmost part of the province of Malaga.

In its towns and villages visitors will find large open natural spaces like the sierra, mountains, hillsides, steep cliffs and extensive beaches, where to enjoy the Mediterranean native cuisine and a magnificent cultural and artistic heritage.

To discover the Axarquia visitors are advised to take any of the four proposed routes running through the different towns of the region:

Route of the Wine and the Sun / Ruta del Sol y del Vino: Along a beautiful coastline of beaches dotted with cliffs and coves we also find hills covered with vineyards and the white country houses and farmhouses where sweet wine, famous since Roman times, is produced. Another star product along this route is the medlar and in Sayalonga they celerate Medlar Day in May, a fiesta dedicated to this precious fruit. In Nerja, the Caves called ¨Cathedral of the Paleolithic¨ deserve a special mention and also the nearby ¨Cliffs of Maro¨. In Frigiliana, a town of Moorish and medieval origin, there are two interesting buildings: a former granary built in 1767 and a 16th century Renaissance palace which is now the only factory that produces the delicious Molasses or ¨Miel de caña¨ in Europe. Other unique fiestas are: ¨the Night of the Wine¨ in Competa in August, the ¨Three Cultures Festival¨ in Frigiliana in August and the ¨Fiesta de las Migas¨ or ¨Fried Breadcrumbs¨ in Torrox in December.

 

Route of the oil and the mountains / Ruta del Aceite y de los Montes: Among the lush beauty of the sierras that crown the Axarquia, the strong identity of this route is reflected in the unique landscape of mountains where the green of olive trees and pastures predominate. The ¨Verdial and Hojiblanca¨ varieties of olive trees produce one of the best olive oils in the world, with a distinctive taste, prepared in traditional mills following a totally natural process. In Periana ¨The Day of Verdial Oil¨ is held every year in April. Like olive oil, Gastronomy is one of the strong points along this route and we can sample the peaches of Periana, the Roman bread of Alcaucin, the oil doughnuts of Riogordo, the gazpacho in Alfarnatejo and the cherries of Alfarnate. At la Viñuela reservoir it is possible to participate in various cultural activities and tourist attractions. During Holy Week we can enjoy ¨El Paso de Riogordo¨, a live representation of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, declared of Tourist National Interest. Some unique fiestas are: the Gazpacho Festival in Alfarnatejo on the first Saturday in August, The Fiesta of Water in August, in Alcaucín and the Fiesta of Mosto (Grape juice) in December, in Colmenar.

Route of the avocado and the Sun / Ruta del Sol y del Aguacate. The subtropical fruits (mangoes, papayas, custard apples and especially avocados) are, together with the magnificent sun that can be enjoyed on the coast, the theme of this route. The agricultural diversity is due to the exceptional microclimate created by the mountain range of the Natural Park of the sierras of Tejeda, Alhama and Almijara. Some unique fiestas in the region are: the Country Fair in Benamargosa in April and the Almayate Living Nativity in December.

Mudéjar Route / Ruta Mudéjar: Arenas:  Inland villages reflect the Arabic roots of the Axarquia with an authentic Mudéjar pattern peppered with minarets, archades and other details that confer this route a charming spell. Another unique fiesta is the Andalusi Arab Festival of Salares in September.

Other places of interest

At 15 km: The Natural Park of the Sierras of Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama.

At 5 km in Vélez Málaga: The Chapel of Our Lady of the Remedies, the Church of St. Mary of the Incarnation, the Teatro del Carmen, the Tower of Homage, the Palace of the Marquis of Beniel and the Church of San Juan Bautista, declared Heritage of Cultural Interest.

At 35 km in the city of Málaga, some must-see tourist sites are: La Alcazaba, the Picasso Museum, the Cathedral, the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions and La Concepción Historical Botanical Garden, among others.

At 30 km in the coastal town of Nerja, some places to visit are: the beach and cliffs at the Natural Park of Maro and Cerro Gordo, the Balcony of Europe (el Balcón de Europa) and the Caves of Nerja.

 

Almayate Beach

Beaches where to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea and the sun that bathes the coastline naturally.

Other beauty spots invite us to enjoy the natural scenery, including: the Watch  towers of Muslim origin, that gave the town of Torre del Mar its name; the pheonician ruins by the rock called El Toro; the fortress and town of Vélez Málaga; the sea promenade of Torre del Mar; the Baviera Golf course and Añoreta Golf among others; the Caleta de Vélez marina harbour at the far east side of the promenade at Torre del mar.

Nearby and along the coast  it is possible to carry out and enjoy many activities such as bike riding, walking, sailing, playing golf or even kart racing. The close proximity to the Mediterranean sea and long sun shine hours help to give the climate of our region a distinctly Mediterranean character, unique in Europe.

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