A stunning region of the Costa del Sol

A stunning region of the Costa del Sol

The East of Málaga
The East of Málaga
Some of the prettiest villages in Spain
Some of the prettiest villages in Spain

An undiscovered jewel on the Costa del Sol...

An undiscovered jewel on the Costa del Sol

Malaga East is also known as La Axarquia
Malaga East is also known as La Axarquia
Stunning mountain backdrop and coastline
Stunning mountain backdrop and coastline

See our detailed guides on all the villages, the festivals, and beaches!

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Bringing you the best of the Axarquia region!

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VILLAGES

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DAYS OF SUNSHINE PER YEAR

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FIESTAS!

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Nerja

Nerja, a pretty little town by the sea, is the number one tourist destination east of Málaga, yet has retained its traditional white village charm by not allowing over development.

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Frigiliana

Frigiliana still remains rural, quaint and relaxed, but has garnered the most awards for the embellishment and improvement of the village. This has made it an extremely popular destination for those looking for the ‘real Spain’

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Maro

The east of Málaga has always been a hidden jewel, with gems like Maro, the last undeveloped seaside village on the Costa del Sol.

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Torrox

Torrox is a large hill top, Moorish village, which also has a seaside resort called Torrox Costa with a beautiful beach.

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Algarrobo

Algarrobo is a coastal holiday resort as well as a traditional Andalucian pueblo .

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Almayate

Surrounding the traditional pueblo of Almáchar is a picturesque landscape of gentle rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and orchards.

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Acebuchal

Hidden in a beautiful mountain valley, a ghost village that was brought back to life. A real getaway from it all destination!

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Alcaucin

Almayate

Nestling in the shadow of the Axarquia’s tallest mountain, Alcaucin is a pretty Moorish village which has retained its traditional ‘pueblo blanco’ charm.

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Maro San Isidro

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Alfarnate

The highest village in the Axarquia. The atmosphere is still that of a sleepy, agricultural village.

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Alfarnatejo

Alfarnatejo with its high mountains and spectacular gorges is very popular with walkers and trekkers.

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Almachar

Surrounding the traditional pueblo of Alnáchar is a picturesque landscapeof gentle rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and orchards.

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Eastern Málaga has something for everyone!

So many peoples have been attracted by, and left their mark, on this sun-kissed but fertile land. A land that has been romanticised by so many famous writers, such as the novelists Ernest Hemingway and Laurie Lee, and the composer Bizet who set his opera ‘Carmen’ here. Many fell in love with its slightly exotic character and culture where in its inland villages one can still detect its Jewish, Gypsy and Moorish roots.

Somehow the villages east of Málaga have performed the precarious balancing act of retaining their essential Spanishness, while still offering much of the tourist-fare on offer at the more cosmopolitan holiday destinations along the Costa del Sol. There are plenty of good hotels, apartments and villas, a golf course, great outdoor trekking in the nearby national parkland, as well as snorkelling, etc, to be done in the clear waters further along the coast.

So, breakfast by the beach; a visit to a castle or museum in the morning; afternoon picnic looking at stunning scenery; shopping in the early evening; topped off with a restaurant meal with local and international cuisine, and perhaps live entertainment. Sounds like a plan? Eastern Málaga has something for everyone!

The villages

The villages in the east of Málaga have been inhabited for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Start your tour on the villages page here. 

Places to visit

Start here on our Places to visit page for a detailed map of the villages and where they’re located, as well as showing all the beautiful beaches, stunning countryside, and fascinating sites to be visited.

What’s on

There are hundreds of colourful festivals and fiestas that take place throughout the eastern Málaga region every year, so maybe try to plan your visit to coincide with some of them. Start here on our Find a fiesta page.

Take a look at all the places to visit!

Click on the map icons, or on the grey boxes underneath, to find out more information, or get driving directions.