Archez best things to see and do

Typical white village

Visiting Archez, a white village in Costa del Sol Axarquia

Archez is located at the foot of the beautiful Sierras de Tejeda y Almijara Natural Park , right next to the village of Competa .

This village, with moor origins, had as its main agricultural activity the cultivation of the vine. Archez reflects the unique identity of the white villages of Axarquia through its architecture, history and landscapes. Along with some surrounding villages, it is part of the “Mudejar route”.

You will find pictures of the village at the bottom of the article.

Archez and the Mudejar White Villages tour

An excellent local guide, offers a tour of 5 white Mudejar villages, from Torrox , Torre del Mar or Nerja

To know all the details of this visit, see below :

The Mudejar Route through 5 white villages of Axarquia

What to see in the village ?

Passing through Archez, there is a magnificent historical monument not to be missed. This is the minaret (alminar) of the old mosque of the village, from the Al-Andalus period.

Like almost all the churches in Axarquia, the village church was built on the old mosque but the minaret was kept to make it the bell tower of the church. This minaret is from the 14th century . it was declared Historical Artistic Monument National Heritage in 1979.

Inside the church, you can admire the frame in the purest Mudejar style as well (see pic below).

Around the village, on the side of the road you can see “paseros” next to the surrounding vineyards. It is in the paseros that the muscat grapes are dried to make the famous raisin .

Andalusian gastronomy in the village

The heritage of the moors, from the Al-Andalus period, has been preserved until today in the town planning of this white village, but it has also been preserved in the gastronomy with dishes such as fennel soup or chicken mudejar style.

In the village, you can also discover other dishes such as:

  • cod omelettes with sugar cane honeybacalao tortilla with honey),
  • the migas with sardines
  • chickpea soup with cod
  • ajoblanco, gastronomic emblem of summer dishes from Malaga, made with almonds, garlic, oil and vinegar

Another heritage, while walking in the village you will be able to discover a ceramic mentioning the ingredients for the recipe of “alcuzcuz” (see photo below)

Festivals in Archez

  • La Feria de San Anton, in February
  • Feria de Ntra. Sra. de la Encarnación, in July
  • Corpus Christi, in June

Activities in the surroundings

In this link: the 50 activities and experiences around Archez

Useful link : prepare your trip to authentic Andalucia

Where to sleep in Archez ?

Holiday homes, villas, guest houses


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