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Images of the Axarquia district of Andalucía

Updated on May 21, 2012

The Axarquia

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The Axarquia is a 'comarcal' or district of Andalucía in southern Spain. It is part of Málaga province, located to the east of Málaga city - much less developed than the west - and bordered by the beaches of the Costa del Sol to the south and sheltered by mountain ranges to the north.

Until fairly recently this was a relatively unknown part of Andalucía and it has escaped the over development on the coast that has has spoilt the western coast. Inland, the Axarquia still retains its rustic charm and it's not uncommon to still see donkeys and mules used for transport and carrying goods.

The landscape is rugged, with deep valleys and terraced hillsides studded with olive and almond trees. The area is dotted with the famous 'white villages' which originate from Arab times when southern Spain was occupied by the moors.

I have lived here with my husband for the past ten years and have grown to love the area. In this hub I'd like to share some of the images that I have taken over the past few years. Later, in further hubs, I'll write in more depth about the area - but, for now, I hope you enjoy my photos.


Some of the beautiful scenery of the Axarquia

Lake Vinuela is a beautiful man-made reservoir 16km inland.   It is overlooked by the imposing Mount Maroma - at 2,066 metres above sea level - is Andalucía's highest mountain.
Lake Vinuela is a beautiful man-made reservoir 16km inland. It is overlooked by the imposing Mount Maroma - at 2,066 metres above sea level - is Andalucía's highest mountain.
Here, in a photo that I took in mid November there is already a dusting of snow on the mountain's summit.
Here, in a photo that I took in mid November there is already a dusting of snow on the mountain's summit.
The view of the lake looking south towards the coast.
The view of the lake looking south towards the coast.
A typical scene of a goat herder out with his herd.
A typical scene of a goat herder out with his herd.
A hidden corner in spring - poppy fields near the white village of Alfarnate
A hidden corner in spring - poppy fields near the white village of Alfarnate

Fiestas and traditions

At the village fiestas a giant sized paella is often prepared and served free to the revellers.
At the village fiestas a giant sized paella is often prepared and served free to the revellers.
Two young party-goers at a fiesta in the white village of Alfarnate.
Two young party-goers at a fiesta in the white village of Alfarnate.
The fiesta in the hamlet of Guaro is in honour of Our Lady of Fatima.
The fiesta in the hamlet of Guaro is in honour of Our Lady of Fatima.
The fiesta of San Isidro in Periana attracts hundreds of people.
The fiesta of San Isidro in Periana attracts hundreds of people.
Young and old enjoying the foam fiesta in Periana's Feria D'Agosto.
Young and old enjoying the foam fiesta in Periana's Feria D'Agosto.
An open air painting competition is held every year in the white village of Periana - there is always a high standard.
An open air painting competition is held every year in the white village of Periana - there is always a high standard.
In the autumn you can find stalls selling roasted chestnuts in the streets - this one in is Vélez-Málaga.
In the autumn you can find stalls selling roasted chestnuts in the streets - this one in is Vélez-Málaga.

Traditional Tapas

A wonderful selection of traditional tapas in a bar in Velez-Málaga.
A wonderful selection of traditional tapas in a bar in Velez-Málaga.
Stuffed mussels, char-grilled prawns and deep fried aubergine slices served with cane honey.
Stuffed mussels, char-grilled prawns and deep fried aubergine slices served with cane honey.

Rural Life

Our neighbour cooking Christmas lunch in the traditional way over an open fire.
Our neighbour cooking Christmas lunch in the traditional way over an open fire.
Horse riding through the white village of Riogordo.
Horse riding through the white village of Riogordo.
Saturday afternoon in the white village of Periana - the only 'traffic' is a donkey!
Saturday afternoon in the white village of Periana - the only 'traffic' is a donkey!

Weather

Sunrise - taken from my terrace.
Sunrise - taken from my terrace.
Sunrise
Sunrise
Mist after the rain
Mist after the rain
Our lemon trees with snow on last January
Our lemon trees with snow on last January
A beautiful sunset.
A beautiful sunset.

Places to visit

One of the lovely beaches at the town of Nerja
One of the lovely beaches at the town of Nerja
On the Balcon de Europa at Nerja - the statue of King Alfonso X11 - with a street performer!
On the Balcon de Europa at Nerja - the statue of King Alfonso X11 - with a street performer!
A street scene in Frigiliana - a very pretty white village in the hills behind Nerja.
A street scene in Frigiliana - a very pretty white village in the hills behind Nerja.
The ethnographic museum in Riogordo is worth a visit - it also has occasional art exhibitions.
The ethnographic museum in Riogordo is worth a visit - it also has occasional art exhibitions.
A room in the Riogordo ethnographic museum - my neighbour's house is remarkably similar to this!
A room in the Riogordo ethnographic museum - my neighbour's house is remarkably similar to this!
Old mill stones in the museum - these would have been turned by mules or donkeys.
Old mill stones in the museum - these would have been turned by mules or donkeys.

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      Barbara C 5 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

      Thanks Paula, Meg & Nell :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I am so jealous! lol! I visited Majorca and Tenerife, so some of these look very familiar, what a lovely place to live! thanks for sharing such wonderful photos, cheers nell

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      Meg 5 years ago

      Once again some lovely shots of a beautiful part of our region.

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      Paula Walker 5 years ago

      Some gorgeous photos there Suki.

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      Barbara C 5 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

      Thanks Jane - it IS beautiful :)

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      Jane Bayley 5 years ago

      lovely - it brings back some beautiful memories for me.

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      Barbara C 5 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

      Thank you Simone and Habee.

      The strange looking sunrise photos I took just a couple of weeks ago - I almost missed it as my shutters were closed!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Amazing photos! I especially love the horses. Voted up!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh my goodness- one of those sunset photos doesn't even look REAL!!!