Enjoying the benefits of both a sunny Costa-del-Sol coastline and the quiet mountains of the Sierra de Tejeda, the Axarquia is not an area frequented by the wealthy aspirants of the likes of Marbella and Puerto Banus and is as far-removed, culturally, from such places as it is possible to be. Towns are mostly small, understated 'pueblo blancos' where premium quality olive oil is the currency and Spanish the language of communication. Its people are mostly warm, friendly and welcoming and a morning 'Hola, buenos dias' will always be reciprocated with a smile.
Christmas Day morning view of the spectacular pueblo blanco Comares (as seen from Periana)
Popular with lovers of the outdoors and all things truly Spanish, the Axarquia and its wonderful climate remain an unknown entity for many travellers whilst a good many discerning northern Europeans have settled in the area to live. Coastal Nerja is a very popular seaside resort which still happily retains its roots, Spanish heritage and traditions whilst, at the same time, successfully catering for a growing and multi-national tourist trade. Long may such attitudes continue.