Just the trip (not for the fainthearted, once you hit the access road MA-165), to get to this beautiful little village deserves a good review on its own. We approached the village from the West, through MA-169, and the scenery at that time of year, May, was simply breathtaking. Green rolling hills spotted with bright yellow flowers everywhere you looked at, it made us wonder if we still in southern Andalucia or were transported into some road up in Switzerland.
You will be driving through timy little villages in the heart of what is called the Axarquia, this name comes from the currency that it was proposed to be used within the villages that belong to Axarquia, called Axarco, by some politician not long ago, in 1988, and still to this day, in use.
Endless tropical tree plantations such as avocados, mangoes and papayas cover both sides of the roads, giving the landscape a heavenly touch of paradise.
Once you leave the picturesque MA-169 life gets complicated. The road is severely uphill with many swichtbacks, and chances are, you will come across a few locals speeding down the narrow road, testing your survival skills at the wheel.
Once up there you will be rewarded with magnificent views all the way to the Mediterranean sea, if the day is clear, on a landscape filled of green rolling hills (also depending on the time of year, Summer I imagine, would offer a different shade of green, if any at all), with spotted white villages here and there. Anywhere you look is simply breathtaking. It is impossible to get lost in this small village, also, there are footsteps marked on the floor, offering you the route to follow to make the best out of your visit. Make sure you have enough space on you memory card as you will be taking lots of pictures.
We visited on a Sunday morning, and it was so quiet we let the dogs off the leash to wander the streets with us. The locals are clearly used to see foreign faces, as they simply ignore you.
On a Sunday nothing was opened but a tiny souvenir shop and a bar, so it is a good idea to bring some snacks and something to eat and water, as you could find no shops open, depending on the time and day of the week.
The way back will be a good test on the shape of your car brakes!
Totally worth it, despite of the epic journey to get there.
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