Colmenar best things to see and do

Colmenar vista parcial en Andalucia en Axarquia
Partial view of Colmenar

Visit Colmenar, the larder of the Montes de Málaga and Axarquia

In this article you will find the most important information about what to see in Colmenar:

  • A few words about Colmenar
  • What to see in Colmenar?
  • What to see around the village
  • What to do in Colmenar?
    • activities
    • ideas for guided tours
    • fiestas and ferias
  • Where is Colmenar?
  • Booking accommodation
  • Some useful links
  • Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga

The landscape around the village

A few words about Colmenar

Colmenar is a typical and authentic white village of the Axarquia in the province of Málaga.

The village takes its name from the main activity carried out for centuries during Al Andalus. A landowner, Hamet el Zuque, owned a large number of beehives at that time. When the land was bought back in 1488 after the reconquista, the name remained.

beehives around Colmenar

Even today, there are many beehives and the honey from the village is among the most famous in the region.

In Spanish: colmenar, means the apiary, and colmena: a hive.

What to see in Colmenar?

The church of La Asuncion

Colmenar iglesia de la Asuncion
iglesia de la Asuncion

The church of La Asuncion is typical of the villages of Axarquia, with its bell tower that was once an alminar.

Discover the typical streets of the village

Colmenar y sus vistas en Axarquia

A walk through the narrow streets, known as the larder of Málaga, can be an opportunity to taste the local culinary specialities:

  • The plato de los montes, an assortment of lomo, chorizo, potatoes, peppers and fried egg.
  • Borrachuelos (cider fritters),
  • Roscos (pastries)
  • Carne de membrillo (quince paste), a little wonder with local cheese.

Colmenar en Andalucia

The Ermita de la Candelaria and the landscape

Colmenar Ermita de la Candelaria
Ermita de la Candelaria

From this small church you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Camarolos-Chamizo and El Jobo mountain ranges.

Colmenar is one of the gateways to the Montes de Málaga Natural Park (5000 hectares).

Colmenar vista desde la ermita de la Candelaria
Colmenar view from the hermitage of La Candelaria

The Malaga Honey Museum

It is a curiosity but the Málaga Honey Museum is in Colmenar. This museum is located in the old house of the Hermandad de Labradores (Brotherhood of Labourers). It is the most representative building in Colmenar.

A visit to the Malaga Honey Museum is very interesting.

The old washhouse

Colmenar y su lavadero
lavadero in Colmenar

This washhouse is located at the entrance of the village when you arrive from Riogordo or Alfarnate.

What to see around Colmenar

Colmenar is located in a land of contrasts between valleys and mountains and offers beautiful spots for walking, hiking and climbing.

Colmenar y sus vistas 2
View of the Tajo de Gomer from Colmenar

The nearby village of Riogordo,

Riogordo is also worth a visit in Alta Axarquia. It is only a few kilometres from Colmenar.

Riogordo vista pueblo campo en Axarquia

The wheat fields!

Colmenar is known as the larder of the province of Malaga. It is famous for its honey, olives, cheeses and sausages. There are, and this is quite rare in the region, wheat fields around the village as well.

Colmenar campo de trigo con amapolas
Colmenar : campo de trigo con amapolas

Around the village, among the olive fields, you can also see century-old olive trees:

Colmenar un viejo olivo

What to do in Colmenar?


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

Paseo caballo en Andalucia 7

  • 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 the rio Verde,…)
  • astrotourism
  • 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 tour idea

A very good local guide, Cipriano, offers thematic and seasonal guided tours of the villages of Axarquia. All tours starts from Nerja, Torrox and Torre del Mar.

local guide andalucia

For example, Cipriano organises the Olive Oil Tour from Nerja. On this tour you will discover the olive fields, the oil production method and participate in a tasting. You will discover two olive oil producing villages.

Alcaucin un olivar
an olive grove

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 Wine Route, the Raisin route, Frigiliana and El Acebuchal Tour….

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

The fiestas


Where is Colmenar?

Booking accommodation

Enter the desired dates to check availability.

Some useful links (car hire, ideas for visits)

Easy and economical bookings

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Experiences to discover in the province of Malaga

If you’re in the area for a few days, here’s a selection of great things to do:

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

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