Places to see in the Axarquia
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the crowded Costa del Sol resorts and enjoy a slower pace of life, the Axarquia in the eastern part of Malaga province is idyllic.
Tranquil and traditional, the Axarquia villages and towns offer delicious local cuisine, cobbled streets and whitewashed houses. On the coastline, you will find steep cliffs and hidden coves. Many of the villages have a traditional Arabic layout and historical attractions are dotted around the countryside.
Whether you are planning a holiday in the region or looking for properties for sale in the Axarquia, choose from lakeside apartments in Lake Vinuela, town houses with mountain views in Alcaucin or villas and cottages in Frigiliana, one of the most beautiful towns in Spain.
Frigiliana enjoys a stunning location between the mountains and the sea and the cultural mix alone makes it a unique town with breath-taking views.
If you are looking for sea views, Torrox is one of the most sought after places to buy holiday homes in the Axarquia. Surrounded by stunning scenery, rolling landscapes and mountains, Axarquia properties provide a tranquil setting in a natural environment within an easy drive of the coast.
No trip to the Axarquia would be complete without visiting Nerja with its beautiful ‘Balcon de Europa’ and the Caves of Nerja. Properties for sale in Nerja are popular with ex-pats looking for holiday homes.
The incredible Nerja Caves are the third most visited monument in Spain, and are officially recognised for their historical and artistic importance. The caves were discovered by accident in the 1959 by five local lads who were bat-hunting, and date back some five million years. Large chambers are filled with superb rock formations, including the world´s largest stalactite. The caves stretch over 4,000m. Theatre seating has been built into the caverns, and concerts are staged throughout the summer months.
A former Arabic fortress, the Balcón de Europa, or the Balcony of Europe, is one of the most famous landmarks in Nerja. Situated at the end of a tree-lined boulevard on a rocky ridge, the Balcón de Europa offers stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea, the mountains of the Sierra Almijara and over the city of Nerja. Visitors can enjoy breath-taking sunset or sunrise views.
Comares is also worth visiting. The town seems to cling to the mountains and offers spectacular views over the Axarquia countryside.
If you are looking for more adventure, kayak through the natural park of the Maro-Cerro Gordo, hire a canoe on Lake Vinuela or hike along the Chillar River.
The cuisine in the Axarquia has a more tropical flavour than that in other areas of the Costa del Sol. Avocadoes, honey and mangoes feature heavily in Axarquia dishes. Frigiliana is home to the only traditional cane honey factory in Europe. Traditionally honey is used to coat fried aubergines and cod dishes. Sample the local cuisine with a glass of Competa wine!
Properties for sale in the Axarquia
Properties for sale in the Axarquia are highly sought-after and include townhouses, villas, apartments and fincas - perfect if you are looking for a holiday home or permanent residence in the ‘real Spain.’