50 Things To Do in the Axarquia

View of Iznate, Axarquia

From shimmering coasts to soaring mountain peaks via dazzling white villages, ancient fortresses and lovely old churches, the Axarquia region isn’t short of things to see and do.

In fact, it can be a little hard to know where to start. Which is why we thought we’d compile our pick of 50 things you just can’t miss in this beautiful corner of southern Spain.

1. Visit the Caves of Nerja

Cuevas de Nerja

This is the most popular tourist attraction in the axarquia, with 5km of caves, the largest stalagmite in the world and a plethora of archaeological finds (now in the Nerja Museum).

The caves are just outside Nerja in Maro (a very charming village in itself). You can visit them easily by car (take the 295 exit signposted ‘Cueva de Nerja’) or the ‘Cueva Tren’ train from the centre of town.

Buy tickets: Cuevadenerja.es

2. Experience Authentic Flamenco

november flamenco velez

Find out more about flamenco in Velez, here.

3. Chill Out on the Beach at Maro

Playa de Maro

See our pick of the area’s best beaches, here.

4. Hike the Cliff Clinging ‘El Saltillo’ in Canillas de Aceituno

El Saltillo de Canillas de Aceituno

Find out more about Canillas with our guide, here.

5. Explore the Axarquia by Buggy – Buggy Tour Malaga

Buggy Tour Malaga

To book a buggy tour – Buggy Tour Malaga

6. Discover the Lost Village of El Acebuchal

El Acebuchal, Axarquia

7. See the Murals in the Church at Canillas de Aceituno

Murals in Canillas De Aceituno

8. See the Murals in the Church at Benaque

Benaque Murals

9. Cool Off at Aquavelis Water Park (summer only)

Aquavelis Waterpark in Velez-Malaga

Find out more about Aquavelis, here.

10. Hit the Fairways at Baviera Golf

Baviera golf, Axarquia

Find out more about golf in the Axarquia, here.

11. Learn about the Axarquia’s Moorish Past by Visiting the Minarets at Daimalos, Árchez and Salares

Alminares Archez

Book a White Villages and Mudejar Tour with Oletrips.

12. Climb Velez-Malaga Fortress

Moorish keyhole entrance, La Fortaleza, Velez-Malaga

Find out more about Velez-Malaga’s Fortaleza, here.

13. Take a Wine Tour & Meal in Bodegas Bentomiz

Bodegas Bentomiz

Tours with lunch start from 28.80€. Book here.

14. Eat a Whole Kid in Canillas de Aceituno

Kid from Canillas de Aceituno

(At one of two great restaurants: El Bodegon de Juan Maria and Restaurante La Sociedad.)

15. Walk the Rio Chillar, Nerja

Rio Chillar River Walk, Axarquia

Find out more about the Rio Chillar, here.

16. Visit Velez-Malaga and its Historic Sights

Velez-Malaga Historic Sites

From the Ermita, CAC, MVVEL, Palacio de Beniel, Semana Santa Museum, Casa Cervantes, Mihrab Archway and Fortress. Book a historic tour of Velez-Malaga with Plan A.

17. Hang Out by the Sea in a Chiringuito (beach bar)

Beach bar Chiringuito, Axarquia

(One of our favourites is El Hornillero – pictured – in Almayate Bajo.)

18. Fly High on Comares Zipline – The Longest in Spain

Comares Zipwire

Book a ‘via ferrata’ and zipline experience in Comares with Local Experiences.

19. Explore the Ruins of Mazmullar – a 13th-century Moorish Fortress Near Comares

Aljibe de Mazmullar, Comares

20. Stroll the Streets of Frigiliana


Find out more about Frigiliana with our guide, here.

21. Visit the Gastro/Artisan Mercado de San Francisco in Velez-Malaga

Mercado de San Francisco, Velez-Malaga

This is currently closed. Find out more about the Mercado de San Francisco, here.

22. Have a BBQ at El Alcazar in Alcaucin

Alcaucin National Park

Camino de los Colmenares, s/n, 29711 Alcaucín. Directions

23. Walk up to Castillo de Zalia, Alcaucin

Castillo de Zalia, Alcaucin

24. See the Moorish Bridge at Salares

Moorish Bridge in Salares

25. Stroll around La Zorilla/Triana

La Zorrilla

This tiny hamlet just outside of Velez-Malaga is so pretty. You park on the river bed, from where it takes no longer than 20 minutes to walk around. There are no shops or bars, but it’s a curious place with a hippy, whimsical sort of feel about it.

26. Explore the Cuevas del Tesoro in Rincon de la Victoria

Cueva del Tesoro

For tickets see here.

27. Cycle Along the Sea at La Cala del Moral in Rincon de la Victoria

Cala del Moral Tunnels

28. Enter the Fajara Caves at Canillas de Aceituno

Cueva de la Fajara, Canillas de Aceituno

29. Climb La Maroma

La Maroma, Axarquia

Photo Credit: Gary Browne

Find out more about climbing La Maroma, here.

Sierra de Tejeda, La Maroma

30. Get Views of Morocco by Climbing El Cielo

El Cielo La Axarquia

Photo Credit: Spain Holiday

31. Take in the View from Bentomiz Castle, Arenas

Bentomiz Castle

32. Visit Macharaviaya – And Discover Its Unusual Link to the USA


33. Padel Surf from Burriana Beach, Nerja

Padel Surf, Nerja, Axarquia

Photo Credit: AWA Watersports

34. Rio Verde Walk/Climb with Petrified Waterfall & Rock Pools

Rio Verde, Rock Pools

Local Experiences offer an incredible canyoning day in Rio Verde.

35. Hire a Catamaran from La Caleta

Catamaran in La Caleta

Photo Credit: Catamaran tours, Zostera

36. Discover Local Artists

Galeria Luz de la Vida, Competa

Including: Tr3s Puertas, Torre del Mar; DeBarro, Velez-Malaga; Galeria Luz de la Vida, Competa and La Galeria Almagra, Frigiliana.

37. See La Fuente del Amor in Daimalos


38. Visit Nerja – Balcon de Europa & the Impressive Aqueduct

Nerja Viaduct

See our pick of things to do in Nerja.

39. Kayaking the Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo

Cascada de Maro

Photo Credit: Educareaventura

40. Explore the Region by Bike

La Herradura Cycling Route

Find out more about cycling in the Axarquia – and around – here.

41. Relax (or Party) at the Beach Clubs of Torre del Mar

Bahia de Tanit, Torre del Mar

Photo Credit: Bahia de Tanit

42. See the Stars from the Torre Atalaya

Stars/Meteors at Torre del Atalaya

43. Kayak or Sail on Lake Viñuela

Lake Vinuela

44. Experience at Least One Feria or Fiesta

Palm Sunday Semana Santa, Velez-Malaga

Whether it’s Semana Santa, Los Reyes Magos, Tres Culturas or the Noche del Vino… and so many more.

45. Hike Up to the Buddhist Stupa

Photo Credit: East of Malaga

46. Explore the Remains of the Moorish Fortress at Comares

Comares fort

Find out more about Comares with our guide, here.

47. Find Out the Myths of Sayalonga’s Circular Cemetery

Circular Cemetery Sayalonga

Discover Sayalonga (along with Árchez, Canillas de Albaida, Salares and Sedella) on a Axarquia white villages tour with Oletrips.

48. Explore the Velez River Basin & the Pools of Rio Sabar

Velez Basin

49. Eat in the Oldest Inn in Andalucia – Venta de Alfarnate

Venta de Alfarnate

Find out more about Alfarnate with our guide, here.

50. Visit the Hermitages of San Anton & Santa Ana in Canillas de Albaida

Canillas de Albaida

Photo Credit: Mike Burns

We hope you enjoy exploring this gorgeous region as much as we do. We’re discovering new things to do in the Axarquia all the time – so keep an eye on this article for upcoming additions.

If you want more information on any of these things to do in the Axarquia, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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