The highest village on the Costa del Sol
On this page you’ll find plenty of information to help start plan your trip to this charming mountain village, which, at an altitude of 900 metres above sea level, is the highest on the Costa del Sol.
First there’s a little info on Alfarnate, 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 Alfarnate 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 Alfarnate, and the surrounding villages.
Sleepy agricultural village
Like its twin village, Alfarnatejo, snow often falls on Alfarnate during the winter due to its location in what some call the ‘Pyrenees of the South’. Though surrounded by a dramatic mountainous landscape it is located on a relatively flat and fertile plain.
Alfarnate village has wide flat streets with low two-storey whitewashed houses. The village is split in half by the river Palancar which winds through Alfarnate’s centre and is spanned by three picturesque bridges. The main street is Calle Secretaria, which has a number of 16th century buildings.
The atmosphere of Alfarnate is still very much that of a sleepy agricultural village, producing olives, almonds, chickpeas, cherries and cereals. Indeed, the cherries grown in Alfarnate are said to be the best in the Málaga region and are celebrated each year at an annual festival in June.
Surrounding the village is the Sierra El Jobo and the Sierra Alhama, providing a wonderful scenic backdrop. Overlooking the town is the small Cerro del Santo Cristo hill where sometimes outdoor Mass is still held next to the small chapel of the same name.
Directions for Alfarnate
Alfarnate pages guide
Use the links below to explore what you can see and do in Alfarnate, what festivals take place through the year, and to read about the area’s fascinating history.
Alfarnate 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.