Sightseeing and culture

Should you grow restless of this rural paradise, there is lots to do in the area


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Pueblos blancos

La Axarquía, Moorish (Ash-sharquía) for the eastern region of the city of Málaga, contains more than 30 white villages, largely untouched by the commercial tourism of the coast. They are connected by several touristic routes. Closeby you can follow the Ruta Mudejar visiting Canillas de Aceituna, Sedella, Salares, Archez and Arenas.

The influence of the Moors, who lived in this land for nearly 800 years, is retained in the narrow streets, whitewashed houses, arches and minarets transformed into church towers.

You can see Comares, a hilltoptown, from the pool.


Citytrips

Granada is a must-see city of classical beauty, below the snow-covered mountain of the Sierra Nevada, with its magical Alhambra Palace and its exquisite gardens, the ancient Arab quarter El Albaicín and the wonderful atmosphere in Arabic tea houses, delightful shops and lovely flower-filled alleyways and squares all around.

Málaga is a vibrant and dynamic city well worth a visit. The Picasso Museum housed in a 16th Century palace sits in the historic centre close to the impressive cathedral.

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More to see

Another wonderful daytrip goes via Riogordo and Colmenar to Antequera, an impressive town with lots of historic remains and stunning views from the Moorish Castle on top. Closeby enjoy a walk in El Torcal, a surprisingly eroded rock formation, and visit the lagoon with flamingos and the donkey refuge in Fuente de Piedra.

Nerja, a pretty sea-side touristic town with plenty nice bars, is known for its spectacular Balcón de Europa and famous for its amazing caves, home to the world’s largest stalagmite and over 20.000 years old paintings.

 

Velez-Málaga, the capital of La Axarquía, is the centre of an agricultural region where good quality wines and olive oils are produced. Visit a bodega and one of the many ‘Cooperaciones de Aceite de Oliva’ all around La Axarquía.

In many cities and towns fabolous flamenco performances are staged with singers (cantaores), guitar players (tocaores) and dancers (bailaores). Feel the rhythm and soul of the Andalucian culture.


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Enjoy Spanish flavours

Have you ever smelt and tasted a tomato riped under the Andalucian sun? What a difference!

Go to local markets, enjoy the atmosphere and buy fresh vegetables. If you like to cook, try some simple Spanish dishes as gazpacho, salmorejo, ajo blanco and tortilla. Enjoy the delicious local made olive oil, goat cheese and famous Moscatel wine.

If you are on your way, go for some tapas. Every little town has several typical bars. You will need much hunger if you want to discover all the good places to eat.

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Get energy

Recharge your batteries and activate your inner smile


Natural Park

The National park Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara & Alhama, offer a wealth of wonderful nature and walking possibilities. Experienced hikers can climb the Maroma (2.065 meter).

There is a varied and interesting wildlife. You can spot many birds and animals such as Bonelli's Eagle, Golden Oriel, scop’s owl, ibex, wild boar, hoopoe bird, red legged partridge, bee eater and kite.

 

Sport

Besides hiking and bird watching, there are many other sporting activities on offer: mountain biking and cycling, playing golf near the port of Caleta, kayaking on azure-blue Viñuela lake (surrounded by rolling hills and some pituresque villages), archery, horse and mule riding, skiing in winter time in the Sierra Nevada, canyoning, speleology, climbing, via ferrata and 4x4 routes.

Water sports are available at Torre del Mar and Caleta yacht club, lake Viñuela and Nerja. A great day out with children is the Water Park at Torre del Mar with many slides and tubes.


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Beaches

To enjoy sand, sea and sun, Torre del Mar is the closest seaside resort and has the widest promenade and beaches on the Costa del Sol. It has a very Spanish feel with many traditional chiringuitos (beach bars). There are plenty of international restaurants and trendy bars. You can enjoy a massage on the beach, play volleybal and taste different kinds of gin tonic. At night, you won’t be bored either.

Nerja, more international in character, is a little further east along the coast and has a varied range of beautiful beaches.


Reinvent, recharge, reboot, refresh

Fiesta & Siesta

Each village in La Axarquía has its own fiesta. Enjoy Andaluz lifestyle.

Don’t forget the siesta. Relax, read a book or snooze at the pool or in the shade under the Algarobbo tree.

Reinvent yourself. Start painting, drawing or writing. Learn and practise Spanish with the very friendly people. Join a shephard and walk with the goats across the mountains.

Soak up the sun all year round. La Axarquía, known for its exceptional microclimate, enjoys 320 days of sun a year. The temperature rarely drops below 10º C, even in January.

Look at the star palace at night, thanks to those marvellously clear blue skies, also at night.

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