As the days grow longer and the sun is shining warm from a bright blue sky, Malaga province shows its best side. This time of the year is great to visit some of the routes of this region, enjoying the blooming countryside and the pleasant temperatures. For example the Route of sun and wine on the eastern Costa del Sol (Axarquia), where the visitor can combine the best of the coast and inland; small coves and farmhouses where are dried grapes to make the best sweet wines. This road route in Malaga is made up the municipalities of Algarrobo, Sayalonga, Competa, Canillas de Albaida, Torrox, Nerja and Frigiliana.
Accessing from the Mediterranean Highway (A-7) to Algarrobo and up to Competa, along the way we find plenty of the typical farm houses in which the grapes are dried to become the exquisite dessert raisin or for wine production. After drying in the sun, the fruit is pressed and the most wine is stored in French oak barrels are about two years before being sold. The climate and the ability of the people to work grapes make Competa a privileged place for the wine industry.
Canillas de Albaida at the foot of the Tejeda and Almijara mountain range, was a thirteenth century Arab farmstead which was named Albaida (white) for the abundance of white flowers in its surroundings as stated in chronicles. Here we can visit the archaeological remains, the Church of the Incarnation and the hermitages of San Anton and Santa Ana.
In Sayalonga we can visit the alley Alcuza, one of the narrowest streets in the Axarquia, with only 55 centimetres width. It is among one of the many streets that criss-cross the Constitution Square, next to the Tourist Office and the church.
In Frigiliana we can enjoy every step we take through the streets, with their ancient crafts and production of the so-called sugar cane honey or molasses.
Torrox and Algarrobo have interior and coastal stretches of wide beaches prepared and equipped for tourists.
In Nerja, deserve special mention its famous Paleolithic caves, which offer a show in summer and the natural landscape of the cliffs of Maro.
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