The Charm Of The Malaga Interior: The Ten Prettiest Towns In The Province
Hidden in the corners of the Malaga province, one can find some great beauty in its cities and towns, complete with a natural charm that captivates all who visit them. The Mediterranean Sea that bathes this part of Spain is one of its most important claims to fame, but the area’s beauty is not limited to just those with a sea view. The interior towns can be just as capable of offering bewitching views to even the most sceptical visitor. Prepare your senses because we’ve gathered together the ten sites in the Malaga interior that you can’t miss.
Malaga’s Axarquia area is known for its characteristic charm and its exquisite cuisine. Frigiliana is a clear example of white house villages that have retained their Muslim roots. Walking through its streets is like diving into the old souks of Al-Andalus. This town keeps a close bond with Granada de Boabdil and many of its hidden corners are reminiscent of it. It is commonplace to find facades hanging with baskets of geraniums, a typical Andalucian plant. Molasses is the flagship product of the area and it is home to the only factory house in Europe.
This town is one of the most beautiful in the Malaga province. It is internationally known for its famous “Tajo”, a geographic barrier that served as a natural defence for the inhabitants of this place in years past. Ronda is a hotbed for cultural tourism, which has allowed the accumulation of enormous financial wealth. If you find yourself close, you can see the Islamic walls and gates of the bullring, the Marquis of Salvatierra palace and the Pileta cave, among the town’s other monuments. The Ronda bullfighting tradition makes its “la Corrida Goyesca” festival one of the most amazing and original in the world of bulls.
3. El Borge
This small town in the Axarquia area of Malaga is part of the famous “Ruta de la pasa” or route of the raisin. The surrounding vineyards provide a stunning natural landscape, complete with all shades of green and the endearing image of the “ferrymen”, the drying of the grapes.
El Borge retained its original Muslim elements, including its steep and narrow streets and its mosque, where years later the Catholic Kings built the Our Lady of the Rosary church. The temple preserves the Moorish tower of Al-Borg, which would later provide the town with its name – a must see. If you head to El Borge, you have to try its flagship product – the passes, or raisins – and enjoy a quiet walk along its charming streets, the Aluca Park and the warmth of its people.
Mijas is one of the most picturesque places in the province. Although the area is large and has a coastal stretch, the mountain site of Mijas Pueblo is where the true charm of the town lies. Known internationally for its “Donkey Taxis”, Mijas has superb views of the Mediterranean Sea. From typical Andalucian whitewashed house to flower pots on the walls, Mijas is a pleasure to the senses when strolling through the streets. If you come to Mijas, don’t miss out on a visit to the Muralla, the area around the bullring and the gazebo around the Virgen de la Peña. As a curiosity, one can take a walk to the “Carromato de Max”, a museum of miniatures where you can enjoy authentic works of art made in a lentil, a grain of rice or on the head of a pin.
If you want to find a group of extremely beautiful people, head to Antequera. The nature, art and heritage of this area make it one of the most beautiful in the heart of Andalucia. Here we can take a journey back to prehistoric times from today just by taking a glimpse of its monuments. The dolmens, collegiate, churches, convents and mansions come together to create a privileged urban environment. Every corner of Antequera is a sight to remember.
However, its not only the town that draws people to the area. Within its municipal area, one can find one of the only natural karsts – a geological formation – in Spain: El Torcal. If you head to the Malaga province, one should head up to see Antequera. Enjoy its streets and art, and above all, do not forget to give your palate a treat by trying a typical muffin, “la porra”, as well as the convent sweets.
If you visit the Malaga province, Casares is unmissable. Its steep and uneven slopes – home to white houses – help make it a “hanging village” of the most beautiful Malaga interior.
Also known as the birthplace of “Blas Infante”, the father of the nation Andalucian, Casares is crowned by a mediaeval castle overlooking the villages all around. If you go through this area, you have to stop and try one of their “Casarena soup” dishes, as well as a taste of the mountain rabbit.
This town has managed to combine its Muslim and Christian past like no other. One can still see parts of the old Casr Bonaria (the former name of Casarabonela) and the town’s Arab history is evident in its narrow walkways. The town’s most most interesting passages of history are reflected in the local ceramic, painted tiles that adorn its squares and corners. If you visit this town you can also see the Andalucian garden at the foot of the Moorish castle and the Museum of Sacred Art.
If you travel to the Málaga province, you cannot miss such an important landmark as Archidona. Its famous Plaza Ochavada is a benchmark of Andalucian Baroque art and is the symbol of the town. Resembling an ancient open-air theatre, it is now the venue that plays host to most local events. This Malaga town has a lengthy list of churches and religious buildings that combine typical Andalucian plazas, archaeological sites and an unbeatable view of the valley of the Antequera region.
If you are a history lover, be sure to stop by Teba. Stately white houses and mansions are set at the foot of an ancient Arab castle and an 18th century baroque church. However, the high point of the town is really seeing examples of settlements from Iberians, Romans and Andalucian through history. It is also an important place for crafts, such as esparto (ropes) and embroidery. If you’re in search of sports, Teba also offers the chance to row, canoe, explore caves, climb and glide.
In the interior of the Malaga province, there is a village of white houses surrounded by the most typical native tree in Andalucia – the olive. However, if there is one especially noteworthy thing about this place, it is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the province: El Chorro.
This privileged area of nature is located 12 kilometres from the town, with the Gaintanes Gorge standing as the most important point. This rocky gorge is over 100 metres deep and has one of the most spectacular views that can be found in the province. If you are travelling to Malaga, you cannot miss out on this place.
Beautiful natural beauty and picturesque corners full of rich heritage and traditional cuisine are just some of the many reasons you have to stop through the province of Malaga. Its interior villages retain the charm typical of Andalucia and loved by all who see them. They come together to create a mixture of sensations worth exploring.