The best way to see Torrox old town (10 min away by car) is by ambling through its narrow, white streets, which paint a typical image of an Andalucian village. Don’t miss the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Church, the Nuestra Señora de las Nieves Chapel or the Vigía de Calaceite Tower (10 min away on foot from the Apartamentos Fuerte Calaceite).
One of the most unusual events in La Axarquía is the fiesta de las migas deTorrox (Festival of Breadcrumbs), held on the Sunday before Christmas where this tasty dish is served with wine.
Nerja (10 min away by car)
As well as the appeal of its beaches, Nerja is a beautiful town with Andalucian charm and a very important cultural attraction, the Nerja Cave. This prehistoric gem is not just an object of study and one which can be visited; it is also the setting for international dance festivals. The little white streets of the town and its typically Andalusian spots mix culture and beach with the best Mediterranean cuisine.
Among the places of interest in this area we can highlight:
Nerja Donkey Sanctuary (7 min by car)
This is a charity which is dedicated to rescuing, looking after and protecting donkeys, mules and horses. It relies on donations and serves as a refuge for these animals as well as being a tourist attraction.
Balcón de Europa (Balcony of Europe) (10 min by car)
This viewpoint looking out to sea was given the name ‘Balcony of Europe’ by King Alphonse XII who was captivated when he looked over the edge as it seemed as if the continent ended at that point.
Acueducto del Águila (10 min by car)
This is an aqueduct which is maintained in good condition and was built in the 19th century to carry water to the mills of the old San Joaquín de Maro Sugar Factory.
Nerja Cave (15 min by car)
Its cave paintings, archaeological sites and layers make it an international historical gem. Paintings of seals have been found inside it which could be the first known cave paintings in the history of humanity. The stalactites and stalagmites in this cave are an unequalled symbol of Prehistory.
The International Festival of Music and Dance has been held in Nerja Cave for more than 50 years. Dancing, flamenco, classical music and world music come together on this fantastic stage among stalagmites and stalactites in the month of July.