Frigiliana - La Herradura - Axarquía
Frigiliana (18 min by car)
A town with an Arabic maze of white streets with grilles on the windows and bright colours in the flowerpots. Its architecture pays homage to its Arabic past with typical areas from the Granada of yesteryear, a mosaic of traditions which is reflected in its Festival of 3 Cultures. This festival brings together thousands of people every year in August marrying culture, cuisine, music and theatre.
In the municipality you can visit the following places of interest:
- Old town and Mudejar quarter (18 min by car): In the heart of the town is a popular architectural ensemble of Arabic structure, one of the most untouched in the province, a network of narrow, whitewashed streets with unique charm.
- San Antonio Church (18 min by car): This church is built on the old mosque; in fact the bell tower is the old minaret, transformed after the conquest in the 17th century.
- Palace of the Counts of Frigiliana (18 min by car): Built at the end of the 16th century, it served as the ancestral home of the Manrique de Lara family, Frigiliana nobility. It is currently the only active molasses factory in Europe; therefore it is an important tourist attraction for the town.
- Castillo de Lizar (21 min by car): Erected in the 9th century as a military fortress, it provides spectacular views over the ocean. The ‘Battle of the Rock’ forced the Christians to destroy it for fear of a Moorish rearmament.
La Herradura (21 min by car)
This pretty town on the Granada coast is noted for its bay, currently an important centre of underwater activities. Its Marina del Este should be mentioned, with a capacity for 230 boats, it is a luxurious and beautiful complex on the Costa Tropical, between Nerja and Almuñecar.
Themed routes through La Axarquía
- Sun and Wine Route (departure point 18 min by car): This route among the vineyards of La Axarquía mixes coast and inland areas. Sayalonga, Cómpeta, Canillas de Albaida, Torrox, Nerja and Frigiliana are the white villages which make up this route departing from Algarrobo. In these municipalities you can see the wines of the region being made as well as tasting them.
- Sun and Avocado Route (departure point 33 min by car): From Rincón de la Victoria to Torre del Mar walkers visit the coast to then head inland. Due to its climate it is common to find an abundance of avocados and tropical fruit such as mango, papaya and custard apples being cultivated. Macharaviaya, Vélez-Málaga, Benamocarra, Iznate and Benamargosa are part of the villages which make up this rural route.
- Mudejar Route (departure point 42 min by car): Five Mudejar-style villages which conserve the best of this architecture can be visited by covering just 40 kilometres. Departing from Arenas the villages of Árchez, Salares, Sedella and Canillas de Aceituno are visited.
- Raisin Route (departure point 47 min by car): The municipalities of Comares, Cútar, El Borge, Almáchar and Moclinejo make up the 62 kilometres of this route which begins at Totalán. Here vineyards flourish, whose fruit will be made into raisins on the dryers established on the knoll of the mountains. The raisins from this region were already famous in the Arabic period due to their exquisiteness.
- Oil and Hill Route (departure point 55 min by car): This route of hillside villages departs from Riogordo. Colmenar, Alfarnate, Alfarnatejo, Periana, Alcaucín and Viñuela offer a unique landscape of mountains dominated by olive trees and pastureland. As well as taking part in sports in contact with nature, you can also enjoy excellent cured meats and great quality olive oil.