Holiday Rentals in the La Axarquia
It's hard to believe that the wild beauty of the La Axarquía is just half an hour from the Caleta de Vélez (or Málaga's Costa Oriental) - an uninspired coastal strip of down-trodden buildings and second-rate hotels - especially when compared to the better-known pueblos blancos to the west, with their glitzy Costa del Sol gateway of Marbella. Nerja, to be fair, is the exception on this particular stretch of seafront. Despite the tourists, it has maintained a certain old-fashioned charm with its magnificent palm-lined Balcón de Europa, justly famed as one of the most beautiful promenades on the Coast.
It is inland from here, however, where the Axarquía unfolds in all its glory. Taking the motorway east from Málaga towards Motril and follow the signs to Vélez-Málaga, one of the last Moorish strongholds to fall to Christian forces. From here head into the mountains and the countryside
La Axarquia has much to offer in the way of rural tourism. The striking landscapes, vast expanses of unspoilt mountains, forests and rivers make for a wonderful exploratory visit. For families, this can be an ideal getaway, and a more active alternative to a beach holiday.