Home » Travel

Axarquia - The Route Of The Sun And The Wine

Feb 26, 2008
The Axarquia offers some splendid tours to discover the many secrets of the area. This is another route that combines the very best of this beautiful region: sea and countryside, the tourist hustle and bustle of the beach and the peace of the rural surroundings, culture and tradition. The typical fish dishes of the coast and the hearty gastronomic products of the mountains. On the very coast, we meet with the region's deepest past, visible in the Calcolithic remains of El Morro de la Mezquitilla and the Trayamar Necropolis, with Punic and Phoenician graves that go back to the 10th century BC. Both are found in Algarrobo, a town which, together with the El Faro archaeological site in Torrox-Costa, transport the visitor to the past when the Mediterranean was the centre of the world. This area is where most of the coastal tourism in the eastern part of La Axarquia is concentrated. The tourist development is most visible in Nerja since, in addition to its rich archaeological and monumental heritage like the Castulo-Malaga Roman Road, the Shrine to Nuestra Sra. de las Angustias and the Parish Church El Salvador, what most attracts the visitor's attention is the Balcon de Europa, a spectacular belvedere over the sea, built on the remains of the old castle.

A few kilometres away, Maro rounds off this important natural and cultural legacy, thanks to its nature reserve: Acantilados de Maro, a Roman aqueduct and, above all, La Cueva de Nerja. This cave, declared National Monument, is a rocky formation of crystalline spar over 250.000 years old. It surprises and astounds everyone for its spectacular unique beauty. Each year, in July, this grand natural scenario houses the renowned International Festival of La Cueva de Nerja.

Inland, this route takes us through towns with a marked country flavour, their quiet, steep, narrow streets are proof of their undeniable Moslem origins. Towns where the light creates arabesques of shadow and colour with the flowers, which are replaced every day and that hang from the walls, whitewashed over and over again throughout the years. It is a region of vineyards. Competa celebrates this fact every August, during the night of the Wine, when thousands of people climb up to the town (alt. 636m) to drink, sing and enjoy themselves.

The Mudejar style of the Parish Church of Santa Catalina (16th century) in Sayalonga and the Church of Nuestra Sra. de la Expactacion (16-17th century) in Canillas de Albaida are other examples of the religious architecture to be found along the route. This is rounded off by the Morisco-Mudejar town centre of Frigiliana, just a few kilometres from Nerja in the easternmost part of the mountains. Its preservation and excellent upkeep have earned it numerous prizes and distinctions.

Nerja is on the seashore some 50 kilometres from Málaga on the N340 coastal highway, and marks the eastern tip of Málaga's Costa del Sol. Nerja boasts 16 kilometres of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water. All major water sports are available here, including water skiing, scuba diving and sailing.
About the Author
With more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry Rudi van der Zalm is the founder of one of Europe's most popular websites for holiday houses in rural Spain . A wide selection of country houses and lodgings can be found at www.rural-tour.com
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 132
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources