Alfarnate best things to see and do

The Pyrenees of Costa del Sol

Visit the village of Alfarnate and its surroundings

Alfarnate casa en Axarquia

In this article you will find the essential information to see the best in Alfarnate :

  • A few words about Alfarnate
  • What to see in Alfarnate
  • What to do in and around Alfarnate
    • activities
    • guided tours
    • fiestas
  • Where is Alfarnate?
  • Book accommodation in Alfarnate
  • Some useful links
  • Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga

A few words about Alfarnate

Alfarnate is located in Axarquia in the province of Málaga.

The speciality of the village is the cultivation of cherries. It is the only village in the whole province of Malaga that grows cherries.

It is also a small white village surrounded by beautiful scenery. Together with the neighbouring village of Alfarnatejo, it is known as the “Pyrenees of the Costa del Sol”.

It is surrounded by mountains (the Sierras Enmedio, Palomera and Jobo) and offers breathtaking views.

Paysage autour d’Alfarnate

The origins of the village

The names Alfarnate and Alfarnatejo have a common origin. Both villages were called Los Alfarnates, and their name dates back to the time of Al-Andalus and comes from the Arabic word al-farnat which means: flour mill.


What to see in Alfarnate

The walk through Alfarnate is very pleasant and easy as the village is relatively flat.

The Aljofar alley

This is probably the most romantic and best known alley in the village. This is the beginning of the alley, not far from the church.

Alfarnate callejon aljofar

The alley seen from the other direction.

Callejon Aljofar

Nra Sra del Pilar Square

This is a fairly central square in the village, often the meeting place for fiestas and ferias.

Nuestra Senora del Pilar Square

The hermitage of Nuestra Señora de Monsalud

The people of Alfarnate show great devotion to Nuestra Señora de Monsalud. She can be seen in procession twice a year, particularly during the fabulous Christians and Moors festival in September.

In front of the hermitage you can see one of the most beautiful “empedrado” floors in Andalucia, in my personal opinion:

Lunch at the Alfarnate Venta

VOn the outskirts of the village you will find the oldest venta in Andalusia. It dates back to the 13th century and is located on the old road of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada, which linked Malaga to Granada.

This venta was once a famous bandit’s den…. The sign at the entrance to the venta is there to remind us of this ….

Venta de Alfarnate entrada

This venta, decorated in the style of a museum, is an opportunity to eat local dishes in a very unique place! To find out more, here is the link to the Venta de Alfarnate.

It is also an opportunity to try two culinary specialities:

  • huevos a lo bestia (a typical mountain dish from the province of Malaga)
  • the famous cakes, the roscos!

The surroundings of the village

All around Alfarnate there are fields of olive trees, cherry trees and also wheat! In the middle of these fields, it is not rare to see wells.


Alfarnate is a privileged place for hiking. It is an ideal place, 40 minutes from the sea, to enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains and the countryside.


In March, the walks are an opportunity to see the fields of cherry blossom.


This is always a beautiful sight in nature, after the almond trees in bloom in January and February.


At the end of June, the famous cherry festival is held in the village at harvest time.

And to finish on the enchantment of this village, Alfarnate :

Visit the nearby village of Alfarnatejo

Alfarnatejo is 5km away and is also worth a visit. It offers the same beautiful scenery.

Alfarnatejo calle del pueblo

Just a little further away

Alfarnate 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 starting point of the River Guadalhorce, the largest river in the province of Málaga, which flows through Antequera and into the Mediterranean Sea at Málaga.

What to do in Alfarnate


Alfarnate and the surrounding area are renowned for being very good places for astrotourism. There is very little human activity in the area and therefore very little light pollution.

The most spectacular period is from the 10th to the 15th of August. It is during this period that the perseids (shooting stars) are the most numerous.

astrotourisme en andalousie le site la nuit

Here is a link for amateurs, and those who would like to discover astrotourism in Andalucia. It’s a great experience to do!

In the surroundings, it is possible to find very nice activities:

  • horse riding, on the beach or in the mountains
  • diving in Nerja and Torrox
  • guided tours (villages of Axarquia, Cordoba, Alhambra,…)
  • via ferrata (Caminito del Rey,…)
  • hiking (rio Chillar, El Saltillo with the hanging bridge,…)
  • canyoning in Andalucia
  • snorkeling
  • visit the Cave of Nerja

Use the following link to access all the activities to do. This link provides you with all the details of each activity.

Guided tours

A very good local guide, Cipriano, offers thematic and seasonal guided tours of Alfarnate and its surroundings.

local guide andalucia

For example, Cipriano organises an excursion that passes through the villages of Alfarnatejo and Alfarnate. This is the Olive Oil Route. This day trip allows you to discover all the secrets of olive oil production.

The guided tours are always done in small groups (2 to 8 people max.) to discover the authentic Axarquia.

In the following link you will find all the details and prices of the tours he offers.

The themes of the tours are: the white villages of Axarquia, the wine route, the raisin route, ….

Here are all the guided tours from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.

The fiestas

There are several very good fiestas in Alfarnate. The Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos – la Embajada – in September is a festival not to be missed. It commemorates the medieval history of the village, and features a unique procession!

Below is a link to everything you need to know about this Fiesta.


  • Romería de San isidro, May 15
  • Feria de San Antonio, in June


  • Cherry Festival, the 3rd Saturday in June (same weekend as San Antonio fair)

Where is Alfarnate?

Book accommodation

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Some useful links (car hire, ideas for visits)

Easy and economical bookings

If you are in Andalucia as part of a tour with several major cities to visit, here are some links that may be of interest:


Seville, the capital of Andalucia, is a city full of treasures to discover and monuments to visit.

Door of Forgiveness – Seville Cathedral

Here you will find everything you can see in Seville in 3 days. And for those who will stay longer you will also find information on secret Seville and the Santa Cruz and Triana districts.


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When you reach the Costa del Sol you will find in this link all must-sees in Malaga :

Street art next to the Picasso Museum Malaga


Discover what to see in Granada, and visit the Albaicin and Sacromonte districts:



And of course, visit Cordoba, the caliphate city, and the Juderia district


Experiences to discover in the province of Malaga

Find more ideas for visits to authentic Andalucia: see the blog pages on Andalucia.

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