There are many a great places to visit and a whole mountain of exciting things to do upon arrival in Axarquia. With Axarquia being located just East of Malaga, in southern Spain, you can expect some of the best weather you are likely to encounter in Europe while the variety of experiences is equally as impressive.
You can hire a car in Andalucia quite easily or you use public transport when traveling in the region. The website Bilforsikring gives the following advice: “Remember to have the right insurances when traveling by car.”
With this in mind, here are five unique experiences not to be missed amongst the museums, landmarks, and natural attractions in Axarquia:
1. Getting lost in Museo de Nerja
Museo de Nerja is an interactive museum which allows visitors to travel back in time to discover the origins of this beautiful region. Located above the municipal underground car park in the corner of Plaza de Espana in Nerja, this museum showcases the history of Axarquia all the way back to a time when cave dwellers were popular in the region and right up until the tourist boom which dominated the 1960’s.
In contrast to most museums, many of the exhibits are actual items, some of which were taken from the Nerja caves. It is also quite a lengthy journey to learn all about the history of Nerja and key factors which helped to shape and develop the region. Furthermore, you can also learn about agriculture and daily life during the Moorish occupation which is an interesting take on an otherwise peaceful region of Spain.
Neja Museum is open every day and although it is affordable, you can also avail of discounted tickets in town.
2. Witnessing the awe-inspiring Fortaleza
Located in the municipality of Velez-Malaga, this monumental landmark is by far the main feature in town. It was built back in the 10th century,and was intended to subdue locals who had been known to cause problems for the Moorish rulers.
Many visitors mention how a mysterious aura surrounds this particular site which is overflowing with historical significance and beauty. At the same time, there was a very practical reason for this locations, for the fort offered a perfect site from a military standpoint as it was built on the tallest hill in the area.
Fortaleza remained a focal point history over the next few centuries as it provided protection against various marauders. Towards the end of the 19th century the fort fell into disrepair and was closed to the public. However, the main castle keep was reconstructed and completed in 2013. Only some of the inner walls of the castle and the Torre del Homenaje (the castle’s keep) have been fully restored to their full glory, but is enough to give you a great representation of what it was like back then.
3. Encountering nature in El Alcazar Recreational Area
Located amidst the Natural Park of Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, this recreational area is a wonderous site of natural beauty and splendour. With cascading waterfalls and abundant vegetation growing in every corner, the area offers an ideal place to forget about the busy world and get lost in the tranquility for which the region is best known. The recreation area was also built upon ancient ruins and is ideal for anyone wanting to know more about the historical importance of Axarquia.
Furthermore, for anyone feeling particularly fit, there is always the option of hiking the peak of La Maroma, the highest in all of Axarquia. From the top of this mountain, you can enjoy panoramic views and even a picnic, if you remember to pack some food.
4. Relaxing on Burriana Beach
No trip to Axarquia is complete without visiting the beach and for visitors who yearn some relaxation on the sand, with a gentle breeze and sand at the feet, the Burriana Beach in Nerja is a must see. Interestingly, it is also the longest and most famous beach in the region but either way, it never fails to impress visitors who make the journey.
One thing to note with this beach is the steep walk which must be tackled to reach it. Known as ”Cardiac Hill”, this hike involves 117 steep steps which lead to the beach and this experience is either unique or unecessary depending on your level of fitness. Needless to say, it is much easier going down then it is going up but there is always an alternative option to take a taxi.
On the beach itself including the rental of kayaks or jetskis, and beach volleyball nets during the summer season. There’s als, there are many facilities and things to do including a number of beach restaurants lined along the promenade that serve delicious local food and some of the best Paella you will ever taste.
5. Travel the rugged hillsides in Zafarraya Pass
Standing more than 900 metres above the ocean, this breathtaking U-shaped pass is long known as the main route into the Sierra Tejeda Mountains. Currently home to 2,500 residents, the region is both vast and incredibly picturesque while the quaint village in between is also a beautiful encounter.
That being said, the surrounding wilderness is certainly the main highlight of Zafarraya Pass and while contemporary houses are cropping up in certain places, the genuine beauty of these landscapes make it one of the most impressive sights in all of Spain. In fact, twisting and winding along these rugged hillsides, the journey into this mountain range is one of the most scenic you are likely to encounter anywhere in the world.