The best way to see Torrox old town (10 min away by car) is by ambling through its narrow, white streets, which paint a typical image of an Andalucian village. Don’t miss the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Church, the Nuestra Señora de las Nieves Chapel or the Vigía de Calaceite Tower (10 min away on foot from the Olee Holiday Rentals).
One of the most unusual events in La Axarquía is the fiesta de las migas deTorrox (Festival of Breadcrumbs), held on the Sunday before Christmas where this tasty dish is served with wine.
Nerja (10 min away by car)
As well as the appeal of its beaches, Nerja is a beautiful town with Andalucian charm and a very important cultural attraction, the Nerja Cave. This prehistoric gem is not just an object of study and one which can be visited; it is also the setting for international dance festivals. The little white streets of the town and its typically Andalusian spots mix culture and beach with the best Mediterranean cuisine.
Among the places of interest in this area we can highlight:
Balcón de Europa (Balcony of Europe) (10 min by car)
This viewpoint looking out to sea was given the name ‘Balcony of Europe’ by King Alphonse XII who was captivated when he looked over the edge as it seemed as if the continent ended at that point.
Acueducto del Águila (10 min by car)
This is an aqueduct which is maintained in good condition and was built in the 19th century to carry water to the mills of the old San Joaquín de Maro Sugar Factory.
Nerja Cave (15 min by car)
Its cave paintings, archaeological sites and layers make it an international historical gem. Paintings of seals have been found inside it which could be the first known cave paintings in the history of humanity. The stalactites and stalagmites in this cave are an unequalled symbol of Prehistory.
The International Festival of Music and Dance has been held in Nerja Cave for more than 50 years. Dancing, flamenco, classical music and world music come together on this fantastic stage among stalagmites and stalactites in the month of July.
Malaga and Granada
(45 minutes by car)
Nerja and Torrox are approximately halfway between Andalusia’s two best known and appreciated cities, Malaga and Granada. Motorways run in both directions, so the journeys are very comfortable.
Whether you decide to visit the capital of the Costa del Sol and discover its museums, bars, restaurants and lively night-life, or if you prefer the magic of Granada, with its multicultural history and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada just a stone’s throw away, taking a day to discover these cities will add a special dimension to your holidays.
The villages of Axarquia
Some of Andalusia’s prettiest villages can be found in this region. Aside from Nerja and Torrox, it is highly recommended to set aside a day to visit other surprisingly beautiful villages. Some of the most recommended are:
One of the main candidates to be considered as Malaga’s prettiest village. Its steep cobbled streets lead you to a historical centre with Moorish heritage, praised by all for its well-known beauty.
This white inland village in Malaga province has a Moorish past reflected in some of its houses dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. On the edge of the Sierras de Tejada, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park, it is a paradise for trekking and nature lovers.
The white façades of this district, known as the “Cornice of the Costa del Sol” due to its outstanding location, stand out in contract with the green of the nearby mountains. The church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, dating back to the 16th century, and the hermitages of San Sebastián and San Antón Abad Extramuros are just a few of its main attractions. Jarel, one of the best known wines in the area, is produced at the Almijara winery.
Water sports and active tourism
The coast between Torrox and Nerja offers plenty of opportunities for water sport lovers, thanks to a warm climate and warm, crystal-clear water. Diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, jet ski hire and boat and kayak tours are just some of the options on offer to visitors to the area.
In addition, inland areas of the region offer a range of active tourism options, such as trekking, mountain biking and parapenting, etc.