If we have to start all superior - to get an overview - it is the holiday home in Spain, specifically in Andalusia, which consists of eight self-governing provinces bearing the same name as their capital - Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén , Malaga and Seville. We are in the Málaga province.
Each province is historically divided into so-called comarcas - the term comes from Marca, which means a "march (brand)", plus "co-sense (together, together)". Historically these are the areas bounded by major rivers and mountains. They never had any formal recognition, but in practice they often functioned as geographical, cultural, historical, and in some cases administrative units. Malaga province is historically divided into 9 comarcas - Antequera, Costa del Sol Occidental, Guadalteba, La Axarquía, Málaga, Costa del Sol, Nororma, Serrania de Ronda, Sierra de las Nieves and the Valle del Guadalhorce. We are in La Axarquía comarca.
La Axarquía comarca
Each of these comarcas is divided into so-called muncipios consisting of a well-defined range, typically in the form of a town or city. La Axarquía comarca is divided into 31 muncipios which Canillas de Aceituno is the one. These muncipios controlled by a collegial body called the council, the municipality, the mayor or council, led by a one-man institution: the mayor. We turn the clock back to before 2000, these mayors are quite autocratic and so great, guidelines and regulations stipulated by central government in Madrid. They were small kings who led the competition from neighboring towns to attract tourists, buildings and money, and was therefore often quite cheered by their townsmen.
But then the party ended with a bang around 2005 where the mayors in a row was thrown in jail for fraud, corruption, etc.. And the central government in Madrid came up with to fly over the whole of Andalusia with a military aircraft that photographed every corner. When they found a new building or an extension, as there were licensed in their archives, they sent a nice letter to the owner to have it removed! Previously, you could just pay a symbolic fine and receive his building permit subsequently. But not anymore! And tightening was followed by various administrative measures so that each small muncipios admittedly enjoys little autonomy, but under very tightly controlled by central government in Madrid.
La Axarquía comarca's 31 muncipios are: Alcaucín, Alfarnate, Alfarnatejo, Algarrobo, Almachar, Archez, Arenas, Benamargosa, Benamocarra, El Borge, Canillas de Aceituno, Colmenar, Comares, Competa, Cútar, Frigiliana, Iznate, La Viñuela, Macharaviaya, Moclinejo , Nerja, Periana, Rincón de la Victoria, Riogordo, Salares, Sayalonga, Sedella, Torre del Mar, Torrox, Totalan and Vélez-Málaga, the capital of La Axarquia.
Coast called the Costa del Sol, which is very natural as the sun always seems to shine here.
We are therefore in: Spain, Andalusia province, La Axarquia comarca, the city Canillas de Aceituno - located in the mountains to the Costa del Sol.
Touring the East: Sedella - Salares - Archez - Canillas de Albaida - Competa
You can take this trip by car or by bike. You follow the main road out of Canillas de Aceituno east, and then runs in a tortuous - but well paved and safe way - along some marvelous views. I can plan to turn around and drive back when I was in Competa - or I can choose to continue down to the coast and take a dip in the Mediterranean.
Height: 700 m Population: approximately 600th
The first town you come through is Sedella. It is a small town and therefore the range of shops in Sedella is limited. However, there is a pharmacy, a hairdresser, two grocery stores, two restaurants and three bars. It is an authentic Spanish town where men with loaded mules still walking through the streets and where gedehyrderne passes with their large flocks of goats. Here stand the time almost silent. The women meet for a chat at the weekly market and the men play cards at the bar in the afternoon. Here the animals are still blessed once a year by the priest, and here comes the fish car and broke the car still pass every day. Sedella is not as charming as Canillas de Aceituno, but grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the moment when I pass by this little sleepy town. If your intentions are to walk in the countryside is smuke Sedella however, a very fine place to start. From the town of beautiful hiking trails leading up the landscape. All are clearly marked with signs and hiking poles.
|It's easy to find your way||Lots of beautiful trails|
Height: 540 m Population: about 400
Salares lies on the edge of the Tejeda National Park on the scenic Mudejar Architecture Route. Salares is of Roman origin, as it became known as Salaria Bastitanorum and it still has a protected bridge built by the Romans. Later, as with other villages in the area, had a history of Moorish occupation, the reconquest of the Christian and Moorish uprisings. Much of the traditional Moorish architecture can be seen in the quaint, winding streets, various nooks and crannies and little olive oil factory. Parish Church of Santa Ana was built in the Mudejar style on the site of an old mosque with a minaret nearly intact.
|Den romerske bro i Salares||Kirken Santa Ana||Salares med Sedella i baggrunden|
Height: 435 m Population: approximately 350
Archez lies at the foot of the Sierra Almijara on the scenic Mudejar Route. The town has a maze of streets, composed of quaint whitewashed houses. Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnacion, is from the 16th century byggert on top of a former mosque and a minaret of the 13th century, preserved in perfect condition. Legend has it that, a lizard fell into the smithy, where the bell for the church was made. If you are single and of marriageable age, you can go up the tower, and sitt here touch a lizard, you'll find love within a year.
|Archez er ret lille!||Men ligger i smuk natur|
Canillas de Albaida
Height: 575 m Population: approximately 910th
Canillas de Albaida is surrounded by high mountains and a landscape of pines and oaks. Here live eagles, mountain goats and wild boar. Canillas the Albaidas Islamic past is reflected in the design of streets and squares, and in the use of terraces for cultivation. Parish Church of Nuestra Señora de la Expectación, (Our Lady of Expectation), standing in the central square, was built in the 16th century. There are also two shrines (chapel herimitage, Ermita), from the 16th century, respectively. Santa Ana (St. Anna) and San Antón (St. Anthony). The Hermitage of Santa Ana is a simple building from the sixteenth century in Mudejar style. Parsonage has a golden altar dominated by a picture of Santa Ana. Canillas de Albaida holds an annual festival in honor of San Antón on January 17.
Like the other villages on this route is Canillas de Albaida situated at the foot of the Parque Natural Sierra de Tejeda y Almijara with its spectacular scenery. Parque Natural offers a wide range of tours to suit all levels. You can walk through olive groves and almond orchards, mountains full of rosemary and sweet smells, all with spectacular views. For the more experienced and energetic when the mountain tops of El Lucero and La Maroma. Hiking trails around Canillas the Albaidaer based on the old mule trails that have existed for centuries.
|Ermita Santa Ana||Ermita Santa Ana||Ermita San Anton|
Height: 638 m Population: about the 4000th
Competa is of Roman origin. Its name comes from latin Compita-Orum (= "Junction") and it was the center of the ceremonies and sacrifices, but also a place where you could buy and sell goods. That's what you assume, because there are no contemporary sources for the city. The first written source dates from 1487, when the city supported the Catholic Monarchs against the Moors. The village is characterized by the production of wine, olives and figs, which are everywhere in its territory. Moreover, it is an ideal place for growing mulberry trees, which are food for silk worms, but this tree is almost no longer in the area. In present time the village has become home to a large colony of foreign residents (about 1/3 of the city's population), mostly British, but also Germans, Dutch and Danes. Competa has an excellent tourist office where I can get lots of free maps of the city and region.
|Church of the Asunción||Competa||Church of the Asunción|
Touring the west: Alcaucin - Citar - Comares
You can also take the main road out of Canillas de Aceituno and visit the villages which lie to the west. Where cities are located closer you orintere you by looking at the map below. It is, inter alia, Some of the towns whose lights shine so beautifully in the night when you sit on the roof terrace of our house in Canillas de Aceituno, looking towards the mountains!
Height: 508 m Population: about 2,600
The town is small but super cozy and definitely worth a visit. The village layout is typically Moorish, Alcaucin name derives from the Arabic Al-Cautín (arcs). A 18th century parish church, Nuestra Señora del Rosario, stands in the village square. At the entrance to Alcaucin they have a beautiful fountain with spring water - it's almost as beautiful as those we have in Canillas! An interesting feature of the nearby nature is an enourmous U-shaped hole in the mountains, known as El Boquete the Zafarraya. A road runs through the hole connects the provinces of Malaga and Granada. Also close to the village, El Castillo Zalía (slot Zalia) of Phoenician origin, later used as a fortress by the Moors. On the outskirts of Alcaucin is a fantastic recreation area called El Cortijo del Alcazar. This is one of the Spanish own preferred picnic sites. The area is suitable for children. There are facilities in the form of a small playground, lots of grill free of charge, etc.. The theater is spectactular views of the valley below and El Castillo de Zalia. There are many walks that lead out into the surrounding countryside or for those who feel more energetic, then there is the opportunity to start a hike up to the top of the mountain, La Maroma from here. It's easy to find El Cortijo del Alcazar. Just look for signs when you approach the city Alcaucin.
|Resterne af El Castillo Zalía||El Boquete de Zafarraya||Den smukke fontæne i Alcaucin|
Run you down to the main road and out of the MA-3113, which follows the Rio Benamargosa, so you come first to the town of Triana. It can clear out the windows as you drive through!, And continues to the town Benamargosa. It is quite nice, but now when you are accustomed to the beauty of Canillas de Aceituno you're probably not so easy to impress and you hurry quickly.
Height: 739 m Population: about 1,450
Go on you from Benamargosa and up to the town of Comares you will discover a beautiful little town, built on top of a steep cliff, where it lies like an eagle's nest - as an unusual view of balconies from which to grasp a great deal. The town center has typically Arab street delivery with steep, narrow streets. It is a city with an eventful history, which has many interesting testimony from the Arab period, for example. plateau in the Mazmúllar where one finds a water facility that is designated National Artistic Monument. On the city's highest point - "El Balcon de la Axarquía" - find the remains of the Arab fortress. It was built atop a former Roman fortress. This fortress was with fortifications in Vélez-Málaga, Zalía and Bentomiz the most important defenses for the Arabs in la Axarquía. The fortress was with plants in Bentomiz and Zalía la Axarquia defenses from early Arab period. There are preserved two towers from the outside wall of the castle. At one of these you have listed the city's small cemetery. The town's church (Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación) is in the Mudejar style, from the XVI century. According to a legend in Comares was a sailor in distress in the Mediterranean off the coast of Torre del Mar travel. He gave the promise that he would build a chapel on the first church, he saw after his rescue. Despite the great distance, he must be because of Comares' high location, first have become aware of the church there, and to fulfill his promise, he built the chapel Rosario.
|Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación||Kig fra Comares og op mod La Maroma|
Stroll along the coast
You can also take a drive along the coast. On the way down you pass Velez Malaga, which you can choose to swing by. Here live many of the Spaniards who you meet in the restaurants and the shops down on the coast. When you come down to Torre del Mar you will discover that even this city is populated by Spaniards. There is still spoken Spanish in shops and restaurants, and there's nothing like on the western side of Malaga where all shops and restaurants speak several international languages, and Scandinavian languages like Danish and Swedish. Although Torre del Mar is a coastal city is anyway charming and unmistakable Spanish. Visit any town on Thursdays when there is a huge market in the city center.
Down by the coast road in Torre del Mar, you can turn right or left. Your experiences will be as the Thaissay "same, same, but different". All coastal towns look more or less apart. Here cruiser pensioners up and down with their Harley Davidson motorcycles, they're enthusiastic to air their bikes, and there is an abundance of restaurants and cafes vie for your attention. The nicest is the road itself, the actual driving. Often you drive directly to the Mediterranean. It is a very beautiful trip. Moreover, there is also some pretty nice hiking trails here along the coast, in the narrow strip between the Mediterranean and the coastal road.
You move to the west of Malaga will be passing through towns such as Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Marbella. Here they speak Danish and English and many other languages in shops and restaurants. The area is quite impacted by many tourists and Costa del Sol, as we traditionally think of coastal drag wing. There is a lot nicer in the area east of Malaga. Here are still the authentic Spain, prices are much lower and even famous coastal towns like Torrex, Nerja, Viñuela, Torre del Mar and Almuñecar - still have an unmistakable Spanish charm.
The impressive highway and the old highway