Alfarnate best things to see and do

The Pyrenees of Costa del Sol

Visit Alfarnate and its surroundings

Alfarnate is nicknamed the Pyrenees of the Costa del Sol and is worth your visit. In addition, it is surrounded by mountains (the Sierras Enmedio, Palomera and Jobo) and offers stunning panoramas.

Alfarnate is a white village on a mountain plateau and is one of the 84 “pueblos magicos de Espana”.

The province of Malaga has 4 “pueblos magicos de Espana”, they are all concentrated in Axarquia :  Comares , El Borge and Canillas de Aceituno complete this list.

All pics are at the bottom of the article.

Its origins

The origin of its name seems to come from its moorish past and from the word al-farnat which means flour mill. Each year is also celebrated a festival that recalls the heritage of this past, the feria de los moros y cristianos .

The village next door, Alfarnatejo has, as its name suggests, the same origins.It must be said that this village has several rivers around.

The village is located on the border between the province of Malaga and the province of Granada, and is right next to the village of Villanueva del Trabuco where you can see the famous “fuente de los 100 caños”.

This fountain is the start of the Guadalhorce River, the largest river in the province of Malaga, which crosses Antequera to flow into the Mediterranean Sea at Malaga level.

Cherry and gastronomy in Alfarnate

It is the only village in the province of Malaga that produces cherries, which have an excellent reputation. It is the occasion every year to celebrate this fruit during the cherry feria.

Alfarnate is famous for several culinary specialties, including the huevos a lo bestia (typical mountain dish of the province of Malaga) or the famous cakes, the roscos !

The best is to stop for lunch in the venta of Alfarnate… a former bandit haunt (you should click to see!)

It is the oldest venta in Andalusia , you can eat very well there and especially the atmosphere and the decoration are to be discovered absolutely. You will not be disappointed with you day!

Alfarnate parts of the olive oil tour

A local guide offers to discover all about Andalusian olive trees and olive oil production. This tour will lead you to Alfarnate and Alfarnatejo. A great experience.

The guide offers to pick you up in Nerja, Torrox or Torre del Mar.

In the following link see all details and book online :

The Olive Oil Tour

Astrotourism in Axarquia

It is the ideal place to observe the stars and the milky way. The most spectacular period being from August 10 to 15. It is during this period that the Perseids (shooting stars) are the most numerous. Yes, a show!

You can meet astrotourism enthusiasts in this site, far from human activities and artificial lights. Sometimes there are evenings organized to meet and contemplate the stars.

For lovers, here is a nearby astrotourism activity in Andalucia. It’s a great experience to do!

What to do in Alfarnate ?


alfarnate feria de san antonio 2022


In this link: find the 50 activities and experiences around Alfarnate

NB: I thank Jose Manuel Ruiz Ortiz Ruy for the photos of the cherry trees and the Milky Way


Useful link : prepare your trip to authentic Andalucia


Where to sleep in Alfarnate and Alfarnatejo ?

Holiday homes, villas, guest houses

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