- See route: GR-249 Gran Senda de Málaga Etapa 04 Nerja-Torrox costa
- See route: GR 92 torrox costa- Almuñecar
- See route: Frigiliana to Torrox Costa via Coscoja
- See route: Torrox Costa
- See route: Nerja – Rio Seco – Torrox Costa
Chanquete boat (10 min by car)
One of the emblems of the town is the well known Chanquete boat, a loveable character in the legendary children’s TV programme ’Verano Azul‘, filmed in Nerja.
Nerja Caves (15 min by car)
In Nerja you can also see the first cave paintings on the Iberian Peninsula, the Nerja Caves, where educational visits and comprehension games are carried out for children.
Aquavelis (20 min by car)
Located 16 kilometres away is Aquavelis, the water park in Torre del Mar, which will allow the little ones to enjoy all the rides whilst you have a nice dip in the water.
La cueva del tesoro (30 min by car)
La Cueva del Tesoro is located at Rincón de la Victoria, which is one of only three caves of marine origin known in the world. It is also the only cave with these characteristics in Europe in which you can see cave paintings.
Frigiliana (18 min by car)
A town with an Arabic maze of white streets with grilles on the windows and bright colours in the flowerpots. Its architecture pays homage to its Arabic past with typical areas from the Granada of yesteryear, a mosaic of traditions which is reflected in its Festival of 3 Cultures. This festival brings together thousands of people every year in August marrying culture, cuisine, music and theatre.
In the municipality you can visit the following places of interest:
- Old town and Mudejar quarter (18 min by car): In the heart of the town is a popular architectural ensemble of Arabic structure, one of the most untouched in the province, a network of narrow, whitewashed streets with unique charm.
- San Antonio Church (18 min by car): This church is built on the old mosque; in fact the bell tower is the old minaret, transformed after the conquest in the 17th century.
- Palace of the Counts of Frigiliana (18 min by car): Built at the end of the 16th century, it served as the ancestral home of the Manrique de Lara family, Frigiliana nobility. It is currently the only active molasses factory in Europe; therefore it is an important tourist attraction for the town.
- Castillo de Lizar (21 min by car): Erected in the 9th century as a military fortress, it provides spectacular views over the ocean. The ‘Battle of the Rock’ forced the Christians to destroy it for fear of a Moorish rearmament.
La Herradura (21 min by car)
This pretty town on the Granada coast is noted for its bay, currently an important centre of underwater activities. Its Marina del Este should be mentioned, with a capacity for 230 boats, it is a luxurious and beautiful complex on the Costa Tropical, between Nerja and Almuñecar.
Themed routes through La Axarquía
- Sun and Wine Route (departure point 18 min by car): This route among the vineyards of La Axarquía mixes coast and inland areas. Sayalonga, Cómpeta, Canillas de Albaida, Torrox, Nerja and Frigiliana are the white villages which make up this route departing from Algarrobo. In these municipalities you can see the wines of the region being made as well as tasting them.
- Sun and Avocado Route (departure point 33 min by car): From Rincón de la Victoria to Torre del Mar walkers visit the coast to then head inland. Due to its climate it is common to find an abundance of avocados and tropical fruit such as mango, papaya and custard apples being cultivated. Macharaviaya, Vélez-Málaga, Benamocarra, Iznate and Benamargosa are part of the villages which make up this rural route.
- Mudejar Route (departure point 42 min by car): Five Mudejar-style villages which conserve the best of this architecture can be visited by covering just 40 kilometres. Departing from Arenas the villages of Árchez, Salares, Sedella and Canillas de Aceituno are visited.
- Raisin Route (departure point 47 min by car): The municipalities of Comares, Cútar, El Borge, Almáchar and Moclinejo make up the 62 kilometres of this route which begins at Totalán. Here vineyards flourish, whose fruit will be made into raisins on the dryers established on the knoll of the mountains. The raisins from this region were already famous in the Arabic period due to their exquisiteness.
- Oil and Hill Route (departure point 55 min by car): This route of hillside villages departs from Riogordo. Colmenar, Alfarnate, Alfarnatejo, Periana, Alcaucín and Viñuela offer a unique landscape of mountains dominated by olive trees and pastureland. As well as taking part in sports in contact with nature, you can also enjoy excellent cured meats and great quality olive oil.
Ruta del Rio Chillar (departure point 10 minutes by car)
This route along the river Chillar is one of the most emblematic of the province due to its beauty and easy access amongst a beautiful landscape of ferns, pine trees and carob trees. It departs from Calle Picasso en Nerja (on the banks of the river) and takes approximately 8 hours to reach the waterfalls, although it can be done in shorter sections. The route is along the riverbed, therefore it is only recommended for summer.
Málaga (50 min by car)
As the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga is particularly famous for its sun, sea and sand but it also offers many cultural gems to those who know where to look. There are two fantastic museums here – the Picasso and the Thyssen– which you can spend hours wandering around in, entirely immersed in the sensational artwork. Also of interest to art-lovers or those seeking a more cultural Costa del Sol holiday are the house where Picasso was born, the citadel and theRoman theatre.
Granada (1hr 10 min by car)
Granada is considered Andalucía’s trendiest and most youthful city which in itself makes it worth the hour long journey, but there is so much more to this fabulous city than just that. Granada also houses La Alhambra, a World Heritage site which is the most visited and most symbolic monument in all of Spain. The Albaicín and Sacromonte neighbourhoods fill the city with vibrant colour and charm, and the majestic peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range provides the perfect backdrop to this captivating city which offers a delightful twist on a classic Costa del Sol holiday.
Antequera (1hr 20 min by car)
Located in the province of Malaga is Antequera, which is considered the historic and artistic hub of the region. A visit to this historical town is like stepping back in time; there are burial mounds, Moorish castles, Gothic churches, Roman baths, Renaissance fountains and baroque bell towers. El Torcal is a unique natural beauty spot also located in the town, and its unusual limestone rock formations, moulded by the wind and rain are a must-see.
Ronda (2hrs 15 min by car)
Considered one of the prettiest towns in all Andalucia, the mountain town of Ronda truly will take your breath away. Split in half by the spectacular Tajo gorge, ancient houses teeter precariously on the cliff top and offer dizzying views of the stunning landscape. As well as its natural beauty, Ronda has plenty of culture to offer too; the beautiful Plaza de Toros bullring and its museum provide an excellent insight into one of Spain’s most famous and controversial traditions.
Córdoba (2hrs 20 min by car)
Founded by the Romans, ancient Cordoba’s heritage is not hard to miss; its famous bridge over the Guadalquivir River is called El Puente Romano, but it’s not just the Romans who have contributed to this strikingly beautiful city.Cordoba was once the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus, during the El-Andalus period, in which one of the most important monuments in Spain, the Mosque, was built. This is just one reason why its architecture is so outstandingly unique. Its old town is the second largest in Europe and is a labyrinth of winding, narrow streets, shady flower-filled courtyards and scenic squares that are perfect for enjoying a well-earned meal or drink.
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