The village in the shadow of Málaga's largest mountain...
At over 2080 metres high, the massive, often snow-capped, La Maroma mountain towers over the little village of Alcaucin. But beneath it lies an incredibly varied and amazing geographical landscape that is a feast for the eyes. Here Alcaucín has stood for centuries, a pretty, Moorish style village in the north of the Axarquía region.
On this page first you’ll find a little info on Alcaucín, then there’s an interactive map which will give you directions on how to get here – from wherever you’re starting from!
Also worth checking out is our handy guide which links not only to all of our Alcaucín pages, but to all of the fascinating places to visit here.
Further on, you’ll find a map guide of the Axarquia with links to all the interesting places to visit both in Alcaucín, and the surrounding villages.
A myriad of Moorish houses
Alcaucín village is well worth exploring. It is a myriad of small whitewashed houses hidden amongst steep, winding streets with patios and balconies decorated with flowers. Indeed, because there’s no through traffic Alcaucín has retained it’s traditional ‘pueblo blanco’ charm.
Alcaucin is situated deep in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Axarquia, 54 km from Málaga and 25 km from Torre del Mar, stretching from the imposing Sierra de Tejeda mountain range to the Boquete de Zafarraya. Through the Boquete, which is a natural pass between the coastal and inland areas, you actually enter the province of Granada. Given its perched position there are stunning views of Lake Viñuela and the mountain peaks in the distance.
Within this area are traces of prehistoric man living in the Boquete cave, the Phoenicians at the castle of Zalia, and of course the Moors who built the village we see today. Many of the festivals we can enjoy today in Alcaucín also date back centuries, to the years after the Catholic reconquest.
Directions for Alcaucin
Alcaucin pages guide
Use the links below to explore what you can see and do in Alcaucin, what festivals take place through the year, and to read about the area’s fascinating history.
Alcaucin is a great base for exploring all of the Axarquía. From beautiful beaches, stunning countryside, pretty little villages, and a wealth of things to do, it has something for everyone – take a look below at all the places you can visit!
Just click on the map icons to find out more information or get driving directions.