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Axarquia: The Sun and Wine Route
As with the previous route, this provides a mixture of coastal and inland sights. Once again, the combination of the atmosphere of the beaches with the peace and the quiet of the countryside, culture and tradition, a cuisine based on fish dishes and tasty products of the mountains.
The coast once more shows us its past. El Morro de la Mezquitilla, with remains from the Catholic era, the Necropolis of Trayamar, with Punic and Phoenician tombs going back to the 10th century BC, both within the Algarrobo municipal area, and the fascinating archaeological site of el Faro in Torrox Costa, all take the visitor back to a past where the Mediterranean was the centre of the world.
Algarrobo Costa and Torrox Costa house a great deal of the beach tourism of the easternmost area of la Axarquia but the most highly developed area is undoubtedly in Nerja. As with Velez - Málaga, such are the many and varied things to see and get to know, that is difficult to describe in a few lines. Besides the rich archaeological and monumental patrimony it is home to, (Cástulo- Málaga Roman Road , Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias and the El Salvador Parish Church) what most attracts the visitor's attention in the town is the Balcón de Europa vantage point built on the remains of the old castle.- A few kilometres from Nerja. Maro completes the area's cultural and natural heritage with its "Acantilados de Maro" Nature Reserve, the Roman Aqueduct, and above all, the Cueva de Nerja. A declared National Monument, this rocky formation of crystalline dolomites over 250 000 years old is surprising in its spectacular beauty and uniqueness. Every year in the month of July, this is the setting for the Cave of Nerja Festival.
The route inland winds among villages with a marked rural flavour, their common denominator being the steep and narrow streets, bearing witness to their original Arab layout. Intense light, whitewashed walls flowers and cleanliness are the hallmarks of these villages. This is an area of vineyards: Cómpeta makes a great show of this each month of August during the Noche del Vino, when thousands of people make their way up to its 636 metres to drink, dance and sing.
The Mudejar style of the Parish Church of Santa Catalina (16th century) In Sayalonga, and the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Expectación (16-17th centuries) in Canillas de Albaida are other great examples of religious architecture typical of the area.
At the easternmost end of the Sierra, and a few kilometres from Nerja, Frigiliana maintains a Moriso. Mudejar centre which has received numerous awards for its excellent state of conservation.
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