The Lost Village El Acebuchal close to Frigiliana


el acebuchal the lost village

El Acebuchal the lost village between Frigiliana and Competa

acebuchal le village fantôme

In this article you will find the essential information to discover the lost village El Acebuchal

    • A few words about the hamlet
    • The incredible history of El Acebuchal
    • Guided tour of El Acebuchal and Frigiliana from Nerja
    • The walks and hiking trails around El Acebuchal
    • Where is El Acebuchal?
    • How to get there?
    • The famous and unique restaurant in El Acebuchal
    • What to do in the area?
    • Booking accommodation in El Acebuchal
    • What does Acebuchal mean?
    • Some useful links
    • Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga

une ruelle dans El Acebuchal

A few words about the lost village

This hamlet is in the municipality of Competa.

However, it is located next to Frigiliana in the mountains of Tejeda and Almijara. It is known as the ghost village!

El Acebuchal is located in Axarquia in the province of Malaga.

the lost village el acebuchal

The incredible history of El Acebuchal

Originally this village was for centuries a resting place and meeting point for merchants who transported their goods between the Costa del Sol and Granada. The only activity of the village was the production of coal and limestone.

lost village frigiliana acebuchal

In 1949, it was a tragedy for its inhabitants: Franco sent the Civil Guard to close the village and empty it of its inhabitants. Franco suspects that the inhabitants are hiding republican rebels who continue to oppose Franco’s regime.

rue dans El Acebuchal

This hamlet has been forgotten for 50 years

Only twenty years ago, in 1998, a man, Antonio ‘El zumbo’, who had family in this village decided to return to live there with his wife. They rebuilt a few houses and opened an inn. They will bring the village back to life.

el acebuchal lost village

It is now largely restored, although there are still some houses to be restored.

petite maison à el acebuchal

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

el acebuchal houses

The walks and hiking trails around the lost village El Acebuchal

There are many walks around the hamlet.

However, 4km from the hamlet you will find one of the most beautiful hikes in the Axarquia-Costa del Sol.

Randonnée Costa del Sol à Competa rio Patamalara

This hike ends with an incredible waterfall of 15-20 metres in height. This is the rio Patamalara hike.

It is less well known than the Rio Chillar walk but just as wonderful.

Guided tour of El Acebuchal and Frigiliana from Nerja

el acebuchal le village fantôme de la province de malaga

A famous local guide Cipriano organizes guided tours of Frigiliana and El Acebuchal from Nerja, Torrox and Torre del Mar.

In the following link you can find out the details, the price and book online :

Guided Tour of Frigiliana and El Acebuchal

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

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

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

In this link you will find the other tours in Andalucia from Nerja, Torrox and Torre del Mar.

The lost village El Acebuchal on the map

How to get to El Acebuchal?

The village is 6km from Frigiliana.

Coming from Nerja, you pass through Frigiliana and continue on the only road up the mountain.

You take this road and after 4 or 5 km you follow the sign for El Acebuchal. The last kilometre is on a dirt road.

The famous and unique restaurant in el Acebuchal

I invite you to stop at the restaurant-bar El Acebuchal, you will not be disappointed by the quality of the meal. And as the first bakery is not next door, the bread is made on the spot. It’s delicious, by the way.

Here’s the restaurant’s phone number to make a reservation or to confirm it’s open: (0034) 661 514 834. Can be reached on Whatsapp.

Book accommodation in the lost village

el acebuchal frigiliana

El Acebuchal is a hamlet about few kilometres from Frigiliana. Accommodation is therefore very limited. It is often necessary to book well in advance.

f I had to recommend one, it would be Luc and Virginia who welcomes you in their: Hôtel B&B The Lost Village El Acebuchal.

To find an accomodation in the surroundings :

What to do in the area?

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 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.

What does Acebuchal mean?

An acebuchal is a wild olive tree.

acebuchal olivier sauvage wild olive tree

Some useful links

Here is a great car rental agency in Andalusia and more specifically at Malaga airport : book a rental car.

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:

  • All you need to know about Granada, the Alhambra, the Albaicin neighbourhood before visiting Granada

  • If you are passing through the geographical centre of Andalusia, then you can visit the beautiful Antequera, with the incredible natural site of El Torcal right next door

Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga

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

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