Major attractions are the spectacular unspoilt countryside and coastal villages. The hill and mountain scenery are ablaze with flowers and blossom from January onwards. Shepherds lead their goats and sheep through hills and valleys, eagles soar the skies and pretty, unspoiled white villages abound, each having a version of local sweet wine made from sun-dried grapes.
Axarquia is riven with deep valleys lined with terraces and irrigation channels that go back to the time of Muslim occupation. Almost all the villages that dot the olive, almond and vine-planted hillsides are of Arab origin and the influence is seen in the layout of the narrow, winding streets lined with white-washed houses reflecting the sunlight. There are also many lush tropical river valleys with orange and lemon groves, eucalyptus, avocado, banana, kiwi, chirimoya and mango trees. Wild herbs and lavendar grow everywhere and further up the foothills and mountain slopes there are pine, oak and carob trees.
The Axarquia has a lot of nature reserves with lots of possibilities for walking and mountainbiking.
Our house for example lies near the border of the Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara en Alhama. A beautiful nature reserve, well known for her enormous diversity of flora and fauna. The area offers different signposted walkingtracks. Furthermore the area is also the perfect place for rockclimbing.
Other nature reserves, worth a visit, are:
Also for this subject you will receive additional information at arrival.