Whether you are staying in the beautiful region of Axarquia or you are planning to visit from other parts of the Costa del Sol, you will find some stunning excursions and day trips to enjoy.
The Axarquia region combines picturesque, whitewashed inland towns and villages with long beaches and tiny coves. Enjoy a hike in the countryside or soak up the sun on one of the many sandy beaches.
Whether you have booked an organised tour or you prefer to ‘go it alone’ and explore the Axarquia by car at your own pace, some of the best places to visit include:
No trip to the Axarquia would be complete without visiting Nerja and its famous caves, which are one of the most visited tourist attractions in southern Spain.
The Nerja Caves were discovered in the 1950’s by a group of boys out playing and house archaeological treasures, 20,000 year old paintings and other pre-historic remains. One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall, where performances are staged during the summer. Open to the public, the Caves are a must-visit site in Nerja.
The tour lasts around 45 minutes and includes visiting the halls of the Vestibulo, Fantasmas and Cataclismo, with plenty of places to rest along the way.
The equally impressive Balcon de Europa, once the site of a Moorish castle, is now a promenade stretching along the cliff edge, offering visitors stunning views of the Mediterranean and the craggy shoreline below. Although Nerja is well known for its beautiful, unspoilt beaches, it is also a mecca for scuba divers, as there are plenty of rocky coves to be found along the shore.
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Without doubt one of the most beautiful villages in the Axarquia, Frigiliana lies 300m above sea level. Its narrow, cobbled streets and whitewashed houses give the village an Arabic influence, dating back to the days of Moorish occupation in the region.
The old town is home to steep streets, historical attractions and the Ingenio, which is the only remaining molasses factory in Europe. Fuente Vieja and the Chapel of Ecce Homo are also well worth a visit.
Sample delicious local cuisine in one of the many bars or pavement cafes in Frigiliana, including broad beans with local ham and fried aubergines with honey.
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Rincon de la Victoria
Famous for its stunning beaches, tropical fruit trees and cultural attractions, Rincon de la Victoria is a must-visit town on any Axarquia tour.
Visit Bezmiliana Castle which was built in the eighteenth century as a fortress by King Charles lll and the Cueva del Tesoro, a marine cove which contains paintings from the Palaeolithic era.
The largest city in the Axarquia, Velez-Malaga is a joy for culture vultures.
Visit the ruins of the Nazari Fort, which dates back to the13th century and enjoy stunning views or stroll around the House of Cervantes where the famous writer of the same name stayed in 1594.
Known as Velez, the town is also famous for its agriculture, vineyards and olive oil.
With a population of approximately 60,000, Velez-Malaga is not overdeveloped and offers natural surroundings and a host of cultural attractions.
Axarquia properties to buy and rent
Axarquia properties to buy and rent include village houses, fincas, and apartments which are popular with ex-pats who want to buy holiday homes in more tranquil regions of Andalucia.