The light of this magical route, rich with history and illustrious personalities, inundates us during this tour of its beautiful towns, endless coastlines and fertile inland fields.
From the beaches of Rincón de la Victoria, the gateway to La Axarquía, through to the croplands of subtropical produce in Benamargosa, these 75 kilometres invite you to discover the six municipalities which make up the route closest to Malaga city, consisting of Rincón de la Victoria, Macharaviaya, Vélez-Málaga, Benamocarra, Iznate and Benamargosa.
Its subtropical fruit, together with the magnificent sunshine which may be enjoyed along the coast, are the main themes of a route which is sure to impress all. Mangos, papayas, custard apples, and above all avocados, exist here in perfect harmony with the traditional crops of La Axarquia. This agricultural diversity is due to the exceptional micro-climate created by the ranges of the Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Natural Park.
History also plays an important role on this route, the highlight in this sense being the city of Vélez-Málaga, capital of the Axarquía Region. Its status as the capital is manifested not only in terms of its history and population, but also in a geographic sense, comprising a central point on the imposing plains and the starting point for the majority of the walks and routes on offer for you to discover the variety of landscapes in La Axarquia.
Illustrious personalities have also left their mark in the towns of the Sun and Avocado Route. The poet Salvador Rueda, the musician Eduardo Ocón and the philosopher and essayist María Zambrano were all born in this land which was also the home of the Gálvez family, the veritable patron of Macharaviaya. Its important heritage includes the Cueva del Tesoro (Treasure Cave) in Rincón de la Victoria, the only visitable cave of oceanic origins in Europe.
Due to its variety this route is suitable for all kinds of interests. If cultural tourism is not your bent, you can opt for its extensive beaches such as Rincón de la Victoria and Torre del Mar or nautical sports and golf which, together with a wide range of services, guarantee travellers a fun and pleasurable stay.
Highlights of the route:
- Descend into the depths of the Cueva del Tesoro (Treasure Cave) in Rincón de la Victoria or discover the history of the Gálvez family in Macharaviaya.
- Admire the beautiful paintings by the prestigious local painter Evaristo Guerra in the Hermitage of El Cerro in the capital of La Axarquía, Vélez-Málaga
- After visiting the interior, enjoy the seaside on the fully serviced beaches, extensive seaside promenades such as in Torre del Mar and the Marina of Caleta de Vélez
- Experience deep-rooted traditions such as the maritime processions of Torre del Mar and Rincón de la Victoria and Holy Week in Vélez-Málaga
- Delight in the peculiar festivals such as the Music Day in Benamocarra, the Country Fair in Benamargosa and the Moscatel Grape Festival in Iznate, while at the same time enjoying the rich and varied gastronomy