The Axarquia on the Costa del Sol
The Axarquia, on the easternmost tip of the province of Malaga is an area in Andalusia with sub-tropical temperatures. The landscape contains mountains, valleys, the Mediterranean Sea and 31 small towns which make up the Eastern Costa del Sol. The region is protected from the cold northern winds by a beautiful mountain range.
Because the temperature never drops below zero in the lower parts of the Axarquia crops like custard oranges, almonds, grapes, avocados, lemons, mangos and passion fruit can all be found here.
The villages and towns which comprise the Axarquia are Benamocarra, Sayalonga, Moclinejo, Arenas, Árchez, Frigiliana, Canillas de Aceituno, Canillas de Albaida, Macharaviaya, Cómpeta, Iznate, Algarrobo, Cútar, Vélez Málaga, Salares, Nerja, Alcaucín, Benamargosa, Comares, Riogordo, Colmenar, Torrox, Almáchar, Periana, Totalán, Alfarnatejo, Sedella, Rincón de la Victoria, Alfarnate, La Viñuela and El Borge.
Every year thousands of tourists from all over Europe fly to Malaga airport to enjoy a rural holiday in the Axarquia area. Just a short drive by car from Malaga airport, the Axarquia offers everything for nature lovers, hikers or people who want to get away from the usual holiday stress in the tourist resorts on the Costa del Sol.
The best way to enjoy the area is to rent a holiday accommodation or cottage and visit the local restaurants or bars, because the traditional way of eating out is going to the bar and have some tapas. The local tourist offices in the area can provide more information about the gastronomy in spain.
The Axarquia is full of little beautiful villages to visit, but if you want to see traditional places like Granada, Seville, Cordoba or Malaga are ideal daytrips if you holiday in the Axarquia.
The most popular activities amongst tourists visiting the area are hiking and walking in the Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park with the mount Maroma, the highest peak of the province of Malaga being one of the favourite day excursions.