Axarquia is a province in the south of Spain which is widely known for sub-tropical temperatures, and more than three hundred days of sunshine per year. Located to the east of Malaga, the region of Axarquia is also a popular tourist attraction which features beautiful landscapes, vibrant culture, rich history, and unspoilt charm. Although Axarquia is situated right next to Malaga it is much less developed than neighboring regions but this is certainly a benefit, rather than a drawback when it comes to visiting the region.
Whether you seek an adrenaline rush, or something more relaxing, you can be sure that Axarquia is likely to impress. From world class cuisine, rich culture, famous landmarks and stunning scenery; Axarquia is truly a hidden jewel and one of the most beautiful destination in all of Spain.
Attractions and things to do in Axarquia
With the above in mind, here are some of the most interesting attractions and things to do in Axarquia:
Visiting the local countryside and markets
As already mentioned, there are great deal of activities and things to do in Axarquia. In many ways, this range of activities is largely due to the stunning landscape, as many visitors are excited to explore the options for hiking. Naturally, these hiking trails allow tourists to experience the beautiful countryside of Axarquia and all it has to offer from the vast mountains to the rugged coastline. Every village and town in Axarquia features a market at least once a week which translates to a unique shopping experience and it is here you can find fantastic bargains on anything from fresh fish to jewellry, ceramics and a range of other handmade goods.
Sampling the fresh Mediterranean cuisine
Mediterranean Europe is famous for cuisines, with a favourable climate making this region perfect for growing fresh vegetables and fruit. For this reason, wineries make the most of the presence of grapes while the fresh tomatoes and other vegetables ensure the local foods are always accompanied with freshness. Typical cuisine in Axarquia consists of mainly savoury dishes, of which favourites include omelettes, fresh tomatoes, fresh fish, olives. Simply put, this is your typical Mediterranean diet with a twist. There is also no shortage of places to eat throughout the region either, but fair prices and sizeable portions are another highlight of every food experience.
Encountering culture and landmarks in Axarquia
For anyone hoping to take in some of the cultural significance Axarquia, there are plenty of historical sites and museums around to keep them entertained. One of those sites is the Nerja caves, located three kilometers from the town center. Back in 1959 archeologists found artefacts and remains that date from 30,000BC right through to the Bronze Age. Visitors to the caves can enter various chambers to get a closer look at the fascinating stalactites and stalagmites.
Another popular site is the incredible Moorish Baths located in a little hamlet called Banos de Vilo, around three kilometers from Periana. During the 18th and 19th centuries this very pool was considered to be one of the most significant in the whole of Andalucia because of it’s healing properties. In 1892 its waters were declared “medicinal mineral” after many people with skin complaints found relief from the waters of the pool. Later on this was concluded to have been from the levels of magnesium, calcium, and nitrogen that were found within the water.
And then there is the Balcon de Europa, meaning the Balcony of Europe. It’s built upon a former fortress and gun battery that was of significance to the French when trying to ward off both pirate raids and the British. Unfortunately they failed, and in 1882 La Bateria was destroyed. All that remains now of the original architecture are two rusty cannons and some rocks. But tourists can at least enjoy the hustle and bustle that thrives there now with the numerous vars, restaurants, and ice cream parlours that are on offer.
Daring to experience adrenaline activities in Axarquia
For those looking to get their heart pumping, why not check out Tirolina de Comares, an outdoor zipline experience which is also home to one of the longest ziplines in the whole of Spain. Or, for something a little less dramatic, and a little more wet, there are several exicting waterparks in the region.
One of the best waterparks in this regard is AquaVelis. Located on the road down to Torre del Mar, AquaVelis offers great fun for the whole family. With seven different slides to choose from, a wave machine, restaurant and bar, there really is something for everyone at this fun-filled waterpark.
Witnessing the majestic mountains and National Parks
On the other hand, there is nature at every turn in the region including Montes de Malaga Natural Park. Renowned for unspoilt beauty, dense pine trees, waterfalls, small valleys and so much more, the park is luscious in every way and also home to more than 400 species of plants, 27 mammals, 19 reptiles, and 8 amphibians.
Another equally stunning natural park is the Sierras of Tejeda. Made up of three mountain ranges (the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara, and Alhama Mountains), this park offers some spectacular views you simply won’t find anywhere else. Located directly north of Nerja, this park is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Whether you want to walk, hike in the area around the town of Competa, or relax on the beach, this natural park will enable you to do just that. There’s plenty of wildlife around including the mountain goat and otter, as well as many birds including the griffon vulture and rocky eagle. It’s also home to the famous Nerja caves mentioned earlier.
Although it may not be on the radar for most people in terms of tourist destinations in Spain, Axarquia is a truly stunning region with rich history, sublime food and fascinating parks. Featuring consistent weather and a healthy infrastructure, you can also expect a comfortable stay in this part of the world but then as outlined above, the range of things to do in Axarquia is certainly the main attraction.