The Axarquia

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Axarquia, Nerja, Costa del Sol

Price guide: Free

Panoramic view of the countryside
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By George Prior, your Nerja expert

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Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Foodies, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, History, Nature / wildlife, Sightseeing

Expert review of The Axarquia

This is a wild and rugged region of fabulous white villages and spectacular scenery.

It's only a short half an hour drive from the coast into one of southern Spain's most fascinating rural regions. The Axarquia, dubbed 'a land of rebellion, resistance and renaissance', was until relatively recently unsafe for tourists, due to the treacherous roads and very real chance of being held up by bandits. Until 1957 rebels fought on against General Franco's fascist army, when the network of difficult to reach mountain villages were mostly joined by donkey tracks. Today, thankfully, the roads are much improved and my favourite things to do in this rural idyll include a spot of wine tasting (at Bodegas Bentomiz, in Sayalonga), trawling back through time (at the classic Moorish villages of Comares, Riogordo and Periana) and hiking (up into the Almijara Natural Park). There are also some terrific places to stay and eat these days.

Price advice: 

It's free to explore and most bars, restaurants, shops and places to stay are considerably cheaper, up to 50 per cent in fact, than on the coast.

Expert tips: 
Take your time as the roads are not always the best.
Make sure to time it well as everything will be shut apart from restaurants between 2pm and 5pm.

More information on The Axarquia:

Price guide:
Historic site, National park / nature reserve, Village
Axarquia, Nerja, Costa del Sol
Months open:
All year round

Have you been to The Axarquia? Would you recommended it?