Axarquia: The Sun and Avocado Route

The Axarquia offers us tropical sensations all around its villages, with avocados, mangos and custard apples amongst some of the exotic fruits that we’ll find in municipalities like Benagarmosa (one of the most important subtropical fruit producers in Malaga), Benamocarra and Iznate, amongst others.

The municipalities of Iznate, Macharaviaya, Benamocarra and Benamargosa specially live intensely the months of September and October, during which they recollect a great part of the subtropical fruits in the Axarquia. The subtropical cultivations and specially the cultivations of avocados in particular have defined the agricultural landscapes in the area.

We’ll begin the route in Rincon de la Victoria, the same as the route of the raisin; it’s the westernmost part of the route that we’ll have to tour and in which we’ll find numerous farm plots of avocados of which its name comes from, specially around the north-oriental part that connects with the municipality of Macharaviaya, formerly middle class clan of the Galvez, through which we’ll pass by and that has an important historical legacy related with the Galvez family. In the Benaque hamlet, still inside the municipality, we’ll find the house of birth of the poet Salvador Rueda and a 16th century church in which the visitor will be able to enter.

From Macharaviaya we’ll connect the route with Iznate, taking the Cajiz turnoff from the motorway, an important municipal district due to its numerous plots of land dedicated to the cultivation of subtropical fruits and from where we’ll get to Iznate where impressive views of the whole region await us.

From Iznate we’ll access Benamocarra, the birthplace of the composer Eduardo Ocon, where the subtropical fruits have great importance as we’ll see in the numerous cultivation fields we’ll come across.

Taking the road that connects Velez-Malaga with Granada’s Alhama we’ll find Benamargosa, one of the most important villages in the production of mangos and avocados, as well as custard apples and papayas.

As well as these villages, one can visit other places that produce subtropical fruits like Algarrobo, Cutar, Frigiliana or Nerja.

Where to stay

If we need accommodation in a hotel to thoroughly enjoy all of the tourist routes:

Hotel Macharaviaya

Address: Lagar del río, s/n. 29791 Macharaviaya (Málaga). Tlf. 952 110 399.

Services: Free Wifi, panoramic views, restaurant and central heating.

This hotel is situated between Macharaviaya and Benaque in a large plot of land and has an excellent cuisine which is why its restaurant is highly recommendable.

Other options

Apartments Puerta La Martina.
C/. Vélez, 13. 29792 Iznate (Málaga). Tlf. 952 509 839 / 620 952 809.

Where to eat

If we want to try something typical of the area related with the subtropical fruits:

Restaurant Los Pepes

Address: Arroyo Alpechín, s/n. 29718 Benamargosa (Málaga). Tlf. 952 517 029.
Closes on Tuesdays.

This restaurant in Benamargosa makes a milkshake made of avocados known as “Baticate” with milk, cinnamon and’s a typical drink of this village that is worth trying. It also offers traditional cuisine where we’ll find garlic cooked kid and Iberian cold meat amongst its menu.

Other options

Restaurant La Posada de Manuela. C/. Zarzuela, 48. 29713
Benamocarra (Málaga). Tlf. 952 509 606.

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