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Costa del Sol Guide - Axarquia

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Oil, an essential ingredient in the Mediterranean diet, is the great protagonist of this route, together with the rising and falling landscape. The hills and the mountains here have many legends about the feared and admired bandoleros, who used the area as the ideal place to hide out after committing their crimes.

In the area surrounding Viñuela and its reservoir, an environment for enjoying Rural and Active Tourism is steadily being developed. This area, as with the majority of la Axarquia, enjoys great demand among those who look for direct contact with the rural and natural environment.

Important and varied towns make up this route. Periana possesses numerous archaeological sites in its surrounding area, such as those of el Cerro Capellanía and the del Fuerte Neolithic Site. The Necropolis of Santa Ana and the remains of the Vilo Arab Baths give an idea of previous settlements here.

Colmenar, presided over the Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria y Riogordo, and with its Parish Church of Nuestra Señora de Gracia (16th century), forms parts of the history of the Axarquia. During the invasion of Napoleonic troops, the so called "Cura de Ríogordo" (The Ríogordo priest), leading one of the guerrilla squads, attacked the French troops, even in their own barracks.

On the side of the Pico de la Maroma peak stands Alcaucín, the current name of the village derived from the Arabic Al-cautin (Los Arcos). Close by tis the village and castle of Zalía, built upon a Phoenician fortress.

Finally, in the north of la Axarquia are situated Alfarnate and Alfarnatejo. Close to the first of these is the Venta de Alfarnate (inn) , which dates from 1690.A one time scene of bandolero chases undertaken by the "Migueletes", this roadside inn nowadays offers exquisite cuisine in a romantic preserved as it used to be.

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