The Axarquia is a region located in the province of Malaga which is characterised by its natural beauty, its picturesque white villages, as well as its rich cultural tradition. Some of the most outstanding villages of the Axarquia are Frigiliana, Nerja, Rincón de la Victoria, Vélez-Málaga, Sayalonga and Comares.
Here we present 5 routes to get to know the villages of the Axarquia in Malaga:
1. The Raisin Route, villages of the Axarquía of Málaga
The Sultana Route will take you approximately 62 kilometres, linking several municipalities in the Axarquia region. Our recommendation is to do it in September, as this is when several festivals are held in honour of local products.
Along this route you will be able to discover the beauty of the villages of Totalán, Comares, Cútar, El Borge, Almáchar and Moclinejo. You will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of the villages of the Axarquia, learn about their history and traditions, and above all, taste the local products, such as the sultanas and muscatel wineswhich are real treasures of the region.
2. Mudejar Route, discover the Arab past of La Axarquía
The Mudejar Route of about 40 kilometres, runs through four villages in the Sierra Tejeda, these are Arenas, Árchez, Salares, Sedella and Canillas de Aceituno. This cultural route allows you to explore the architectural and cultural vestiges of the Mudejar style, such as the minaret of Daimalos (one of the oldest in Spain), the Mudejar church of La Encarnación, the church of San Pedro de Corumbela, Arabic Cistern or the Tithe House.
3. Sun and Wine Route
The Sun and Wine RouteThis route combines inland and coastal villages and takes you to several villages of the Axarquia in Malaga such as TorroxSayalonga, Carob, Canillas de AlbaidaCómpeta, Frigiliana, up to Nerja. with its beaches and cliffs.
During this route we especially recommend you to taste the wines from Competa and Sayalongaas well as a visit to the village of Frigilianaone of the most beautiful villages in Malaga and its wonderful old town with narrow cobbled streets.
And as a must-see, Nerja and its 10 must-sees a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery, where you can enjoy the beach of Maro, the Balcony of Europeas well as visiting the famous Caves of Nerja.
If you are short of time we recommend a day trip to Nerja and Frigiliana from Malaga or the Costa del Sol.
4. Sun and Avocado Route
The Route of the Sun and Avocado has a distance of 75 kilometres and is the closest to the city of Malaga. It runs from the beaches of Rincón de la Victoria, through the municipalities of MacharaviayaVelez-Malaga, (capital of the Axarquia), Benamocarra, Iznate y Benamargosa.
During this route, you have a multitude of options, from visiting beaches, hiking in the nature, water sports, among many others, but what stands out are the plantations of avocadosand other tropical fruits, such as handles, papayas y custard apples.
The highlights of this route are Rincón de la Victoriaone of the most important localities of the region, where you can visit the fantastic Treasure Caveone of the few sea caves that can be visited, and the Bezmiliana Fort House. It also highlights Vélez-Málagawhere you can visit the Beniel Palacethe Cervantes House and the Barrio de la Villa3 must-visits in this town.
5. Oil and Mountains Route
The Oil and Mountains Routealso known as the route of the "mountain villages", which crosses the Axarquia region. This route combines the natural beauty of the mountain villages of Riogordo, Colmenar, Alfarneta, Alfarnatejo, Periana, Alcaucín and La Viñuela, together with the rich tradition of olive growing.
This area is especially recommended for rural tourism, for outdoor sports while enjoying its rich gastronomy, as along with olive oil, you can taste goat's cheese in Periana or the cold meats of Colmenar.
In this area it is highly recommended to visit the La Viñuela reservoirOne of the largest reservoirs in the region and one of the most beautiful. Here you can enjoy a multitude of water activities, such as canoeing and fishing, as well as enjoying the nature and tranquillity that abound in this area and the surrounding area.
In short, the Axarquia of Malaga is a region with a great natural, cultural and gastronomic diversity. Whether you like enjoy nature, explore charming villages or relax on the beach.Axarquia has a lot to offer.
Don't miss the villages of the Axarquia in Malaga!
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