Alfarnatejo best things to see and do

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Visit Alfarnatejo, known as the Pyrenees of the Costa del Sol

Alfarnatejo calle del pueblo

In this article you will find the essential information about the best to see in Alfarnatejo

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

Alfarnatejo paisajes 2
Landscape in Alfarnatejo

A few words about Alfarnatejo

Alfarnatejo is located in Axarquia in the province of Málaga.

It is a small white village where time has stood still. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery. Together with the neighbouring village of Alfarnate, it is known as the “Pyrenees of the Costa del Sol”.

Alfarnatejo y sus vistas

It is known for having sheltered many bandits in the 19th century who came to hide here.

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 Alfarnatejo?


The church of Santo Cristo de Cabrilla

Alfarnatejo iglesia
bell tower of the village church

The church of this small village is full of charm.

The village fountain

It is located behind the church.

Alfarnatejo ceramica en homenaje a las mujeres

The fountain is nothing special. However, it is worth a visit because of the ceramics that pay tribute to the women who used to wash clothes here.

Walking around the village

A walk around the village takes just a few minutes.

Alfarnatejo rebaño de cabras 3

Depending on the time of day, it is possible to see many more goats than people in the village!

Alfarnatejo rebaño de cabras 2

The surroundings of Alfarnatejo

Alfarnatejo is a great place for hiking. The peaks of Chamizo, Gallo and Vilo, and the Sierra de Caramolos can be found here.

Among these peaks, there are spectacular gorges, ravines, water springs and the Sabar River. The Tajos (gorges) del alto del Fraile, Doña Ana and Tajo de Gomer are magnificent for hiking.

On these hikes, you can come across beautiful prickly pears:

Alfarnatejo chumbos
chumbos en Alfarnatejo

You can find beautiful hidden corners on the banks of the Sabar river:

Alfarnatejo rio sabar 2

and sometimes you even meet a stone giant!

Alfarnatejo paisaje

The surroundings are a permanent invitation to go for a walk, with the desire to take every path you come across.

Alfarnatejo paisaje

Alfarnatejo is also a village surrounded by olive groves, which produce a very good olive oil.

Visit the nearby village of Alfarnate

The village of Alfarnate is also worth a visit.

Callejon Aljofar – Alfarnate –

And for lunch, don’t hesitate to go to the oldest venta in Andalusia. You won’t regret having lunch in this place full of history: the Alfarnate venta.

What to do in Alfarnatejo ?


Balade à cheval dans la province de malaga

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 from Nerja
  • hiking (rio Chillar, El Saltillo with the hanging bridge,…)
  • canyoning in Rio Verde
  • astrotourism in Andalucia
  • snorkeling
  • visit of caves

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 Alfarnatejo 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 Tour from Nerja. 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 you can find all the guided tours in Axarquia from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.

The fiestas


Where is Alfarnatejo?

Book accommodation in Alfarnatejo

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.


cadix cadiz cathedrale catedral cathedral cattedrale

Visit Cadiz, a city with an incredible past and great beauty, on the Costa del la Luz.


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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