The Axarquia region of the Costa del Sol can be found east of Málaga and gets its name from the Arabic meaning ‘the eastern region’. It is predominantly a mountainous area the highest peak being La Maroma standing at an altitude of 2,069 meters. There are a number of traditional white villages that are dotted throughout the region, which include Cómpeta, Canillas de Albaida, Archez, Sayalonga and Canillas de Aceituno to name but a few. The region’s capital is Velez Málaga, which can be found just inland from the coastal town of Torre del Mar.
The region includes two natural parks (parque natural) those being the Sierras de Tejeda and Almijara. Due to its rural and mountainous setting the Axarquia provides excellent opportunity for outdoor activities including walking/hiking, horse riding and mountain biking. There are some companies offering further activities including buggy tours, off-road motor cycling and canyoning.
The region’s industries are mainly agricultural and include the growing of avocados, olives, almonds, oranges and lemons. Parts of the region also grow vines and produce local wine, mainly of the moscatel variety. In the village of Cómpeta this is celebrated each year on August 15th with the local festival, Noche de Vino (Night of the Wine).