The Lost Village El Acebuchal


The Lost Village El Acebuchal, is a hamlet between Competa and Frigiliana in Axarquia Costa del Sol

El Acebuchal “lost village” hidden in Axarquia between the mountains of Tejeda and Almijara, has an incredible history  it is nicknamed the lost village !

Originally, this village was for centuries a place of rest and meetings for traders who transported their goods between the Costa del Sol and Granada. The only activity of the village was the production of charcoal and limestone.

In 1949, it is the tragedy for its inhabitants, Franco sends the civil guard to close the village and to empty it of its inhabitants. Franco suspects that its inhabitants are hiding Republican rebels who continue to oppose the Franco regime.

The pics are at the bottom of the article.

The Lost Village has been forgotten for 50 years

Only twenty years ago, in 1998, a man, Antonio ‘El zumbo’, who once had family in this village, decided to come back to live there with his wife. They are going to rebuild a few houses and open an inn. They are going to bring this village back to life.

It is now largely restored although there are still a few houses to restore.

This village, hidden in the mountains, where silence reigns, offers an atmosphere, a very special sensation in addition to its beauty. It is a total change of scenery, and a place of rest for hikers and nature lovers.

How to come to El Acebuchal ?

If this hamlet is in the municipality of Competa , the only road to reach it is at the exit of Frigiliana towards Torrox. You take the road and after 2 or 3 km you will follow the sign El Acebuchal. The last kilometer is on a pathway.

For hikers, it can be accessed by trails from Competa.

The Bar Restaurant in the lost village El Acebuchal

I invite you to stop at the village restaurant, you will not be disappointed by the quality of the meal. And as the first bakery is not nearby, the bread is made on site. It is also delicious. Right next door there is a small house which also sells local products.

The Frigiliana and El Acebuchal tour

A local guide offers to discover “The Lost Village” as well as the wondering village of Frigiliana.

If you are on the coast between Torre del Mar, Torrox, Nerja, the guide  will also be your driver and can pick you up

In the following link, you can see all details, price and book online :

The Frigiliana and El Acebuchal Tour

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