The Axarquia is a beautiful area of Spain to the unspoilt east of Malaga. The coast is composed of long sand and pebble beaches which are dotted with family run barbeque restaurants. Even in peak season you can always find a good spot on the beach and enjoy a safe and warm swim in the Med. Moving inland the countryside is rich in pine groves, cork oaks, olive, almonds, avocadoes and pomegranates. The land is fantastic for rambling, walking and riding.
The Tejeda and Almijara mountain ranges are in this region and they are protected by the Andalucian Government. The main species among the local fauna are mountain birds such as the Egyptian and Common vulture, Booted Eagles and Peregrine falcons. Wild goats and Ibex graze here and you may be lucky enough to see the rare and protected mountain cats, eyed Lizards and Chameleons.
This page contains useful information on the towns and villages of the Axarquia. We have provided a map, see below, which shows where the Axarquia is in realtion to Malaga and the rest of Andalucia as well as where the towns and villages are located within this region. Information on the individual towns and villages is provided below – to skip straight to a particualr town please click the relevant name on this list:
All the towns and villages in the area have numerous festivals which are held throughout the year. Before you visit check the local town hall websites for the fiestas to make sure you do not miss any. Many of the festivals are based around dates of religious significance. The Easter week, or Santa Semanta, is a very special time. Each village holds its own parades in which the towns people carry large statues of Jesus or Mary around their villages. In the large cities the parades are spectacular and hundreds of thousands of people attend. In some villages, such as Cómpeta, the town re-enacts the 12 stations of the cross. The towns Mayor, who used to be the village priest, acts the part of Jesus and carries a very large very heavy cross through the town climbing a couple of hundred meters to where he is crucified at the top of the village (no nails are involved). The enactment is very moving and should not be missed if you are in the region on Good Friday.
Each village holds a summer feria which is the Spanish equivalent of the Harvest Festival. This being Spain, there are no vegetable competitions in sight, instead there is lots of free local wine, foam parties and all night partying. The feria’s start in late July and move around the villages throughout August.