Until around a decade ago the superb landscape of the Axarquía region was little known.
Today, rural tourism comprises a large part of the local economy. The Axarquía is excellent for hiking and several companies now run walking holidays from the UK, centered around Competa. Horse trekking is similarly very popular. The landscape is riven by deep valleys lined with terraces and irrigation channels that date back to Muslim times.
Nearly all the villages that dot the olive, almond and vine planted hillsides are of Muslim origin with narrow, windy streets. Signposted routes with names like Ruta del Vino link groups of villages in one-day drives along the snaking mountain roads.
It has also been chosen by many Spanish and foreigners alike to become their home, enjoying life in its beautiful surroundings. This idyllic spot attracts writers, artists, photographers and those who just take pleasure in the countryside in one of the best year-round climates in Europe. The main attractions are the area's dramatic hill and mountain scenery, its unspoilt, white washed villages and the strong sweet wine that is made from sun dried grapes. A scenic road winds west through the villages of Salares, Sedella and Canillas de Aceituna eventually linking up with the A 335 north of Velez-Malaga which links up with the new highway to Malaga and beyond.
The village of Comares in one of the highest in Andalucía it can be seen for miles around, rising high above the surrounding countryside. Frigiliana is said by many to be one of the prettiest in Andalucia.
Activities- in the lake non motorised watersports are permitted. There is a watersports activity center where, in the summer, you can rent or receive sailing tuition on colourful topper dinghies, kayaks, water pedalo and small sailing dinghies. There is a water park 15 minutes away at Torre Del Mar.
There are several tracks for good local walking, with nature and bird watching on the doorstep. For the golf enthusiasts there are several golf courses available the nearest being Baviera golf which is only 20 mins away.
For those more experienced mountain climbing and hiking enthusiasts, La Maroma, is the highest peak of the Sierra de Tejeda. The summit is located nearby on the border of the provinces of Granada and Málaga and is only 18 kilometres away by road.
Shopping - there are a variety of independent shops, delicatessens, bakeries and butchers in the local area. Large shopping centres are located at Velez-Malaga and Rincon de la Victoria with a variety of large supermarkets and fashion stores. The towns of Torre del Mar and Velez Malaga have many good shops. Nerja with its busting town centre and golden sandy beaches is a 30 minute drive.
Fiestas. Whatever the reason behind the event, be it religious or otherwise, the end result is always the same - lots of music and dancing, drinking and eating and general fun and frolics usually until dawn over a period of several days to a week. Over 3,000 fiestas are celebrated every year in Andalucia including fairs, carnivals, degustacions, passion plays, pilgrimages and processions. Every village, no matter how small, holds at least one fiesta a year. The annual feria in Los Romanes is held in the middle of August or September and is an unmissable event!
Markets - there are several local markets in the surrounding towns and villages on specified days. Some specialise in food, selling the local fresh produce, fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. Others sell a lot of the local crafts and fashion items. including clothes, leather goods, pottery, ceramics and jewellery. Full details of location, days and times of these markets are available in the information pack located in the villa.