2017-11-28 10:50:34

Axarquia events and festivals

Whether you are planning a visit to the Axarquia or you are resident in this stunning part of southern Spain, make sure you know about the annual festivals and events that are held in all Andalusian villages.

The Axarquia region is very much a ‘traditional’ part of Spain with coastal and inland areas, pretty white villages and stunning landscapes, east of Malaga.

Axarquia properties for sale and rent are among the most sought after in southern Spain.

Some of the most unique festivals and events held annually in the Axarquia include:


The Day of the Snail is celebrated at the end of May when snails are cooked and served along with olives, free beer and local wines.


Famous for its cherries, Alfarnate holds a Day of the Cherry at the end of June each year. Taste the delicious cherry soup and celebrate with the locals.


The Perriana olive groves are of the Verdial variety. Free breakfasts are served to all visitors, including bread soaked in local olive oil. Taste regional products throughout the day and enjoy performances and demonstrations.


The Countryside festival of Benamargosa is held every April and features the lemons and avocadoes grown in the village. Sample free the fruits of the land and find out how to make the most of the humble avocado.

Canillas de Aceituno

The Day of the Morcilla Canillera is also celebrated in April and roughly translates as the ‘Day of the Black Pudding.’ This coincides with the celebration of the Patron Saint, the Virgin of La Cabeza and celebrations go long into the evening.


 The ever popular Fiesta of Gazpacho takes place at the beginning of August. Starting at dusk to combat the summer heat and carrying on into the small hours of the next day, the festival attracts people from all over the Axarquia. Sample the gazpacho and enjoy live flamenco music.


To celebrate the Night of the Wine, thanks to excellent local wines from the area, this festival is held each year in the middle of summer. Wine is generously offered to all visitors.


Frigiliana celebrates the Festival of the Three Cultures – Jewish, Muslim and Christian at the end of August each year. In honour of the three cultures who lived together for many years in this beautiful white Andalusian village. Music, dance and a tapas route are the reason to visit this event.

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The Fiesta of the Ajoblanco is held each year during the first week of September. Ajoblanco is a chilled soup made of almonds, garlic, olive oil and salt.

El Borge 

The Day of the Raisins is another typical Andalusian festival when more than 10,000 people meet in the middle of September in the centre of this village. Sample the wine made out of raisins, and a delicious dish of Migas or Paella.


Most of the villages in the Axarquia have Arabic origins and Salares organises a yearly celebration in the month of September for 2 days to celebrate the shared history. Neighbours and visitors dress up in traditional Moroccan garments. There is also a Moorish market where all kinds of crafts, books, jewellery and local produce are sold.

If you are looking for properties for sale in the Axarquia, use a local agent who is knowledgeable about the best places to buy and rent in the area.

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