La Axarquia information
The name, that designated the same area with the arabic name of the same
region, The eastern lands, that the Vélez river has as an axis
and to Vélez Málaga as the head in all sense. The Axarquía
is the land of wine and grapes traditionally, today also of almonds, oil
and citric fruits, there are also cherimoyos, avocados, mangoes, and many
other fruits from overseas.
By the highway -N340- you will arrive to the height of the Torre del Mar
a little after passing the Peñón hill, with its Osborne
tower in whose base there are stonemasons and Venitian graves at its base;
from the Torre del Mar you can arrive to Vélez-Málaga in
5 minutes, and in Vélez you have to walk through the streets and
gardens, and especially go up to Santa Maria, its most beautiful church
that also dominates the whiteness of the village.
From Vélez you can begin the magnificent rout of the minarets;
you are directed first towards Arenas, from there to Daimalos, where the
first minaret is, whitewashed and simple. You can continue afterwards
to Archez, where you will find the best of all, and you can ascend to
Canillas de Albaida an Cómpeta, large towns worth a visit; from
canillas there are interesting accesses to the sierra Amijara, and in
Cómpeta we can try their famous wine. From there we can go towards
the large towns that are worthy to be visited. From there we can go towards
Torrox, going up a hill in the middle of its magnificent orchards, and
in Torrox where it would be an opportunity to try its riche pieces, arriving
to Frigiliana, very beautiful hillside town, dominating the sea and the
fertile plain of the Higuerón river; its streets are an evocation
of its Moorish past and its neigbours are proud of it.
From Archez you could have also continued towards the north, by Salares
and Sedela, precius enclaves of the Axarqueña mountain, and leave
by Canillas de Aceituno, already in the side of the Sierra Tejeda to descend
the valley in a new way.
Going Up directly from Vélez to the north, you can direct ourselves
to Periana, inland village, rural and on the verge of the mountains calcareous
that hugs the region by the ports of Boquete de Zafarraya, natural pass
to Granada, and of Sol, path to the lands of Alfarnate and Loja. In Periana
there is a tourist village and at its end, in Mondron, the best oil.
From Velez you can take the path to the west and by Benamargosa you can
arrive to the charming town of The Borge. But the spot that from almost
all parts, we will distinguish, and that is essential to visit, is the
central watchtower of Axarquia, Comares, elevated on a hill that dominated
all of the region; we can arrive from Málaga by Olías or
by the highway of Los Montes, or from Vélez, by Benamargosa and
Salto del Negro. Comares is beautiful towards the inside, its streets,
small plazas, and the castle, and towards the outside of the region, for
the extraordinary views that it offers.