A lot of villages and towns in the Axarquia have weekly markets on a fixed day where bargain hunters can buy the most delicious locally grown fresh fruit & vegetables. At the colorful and lively street market each vendor has a fixed spot. Some villages also have regular flea markets which are usually held in the summer months during the fiestas. We usually go to Caleta de Velez on Saturdays and Torre del Mar on Thursdays. Sometimes we also explore the flea market held in Nerja every Sunday (so called Rastro in Spanish).
Most of the market stalls offer a variety of fresh products including vegetables, fruits, nuts, olives, herbs & spices, flowers & plants, etc. Furthermore you will find craft stalls selling jewelry, pottery, ceramics and many other creative products. Other products you will find are clothes from all over the world, watches, handbags, shoes, luggage, sunglasses, kitchen items, CDs, linens & towels and seasonal products such as blankets and swimwear.
Every so often we love to spend some time in Málaga which is around 1 hours drive from where we live in the mountain village of Sedella. Málaga can often be overlooked by it's more celebrated neighbors Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada but in our opinion it has an equal amount to offer and is our favorite city to immerse ourselves in the history, culture and thriving bar and restaurant scene. There are a great selection of hotels in the city including The Petit Palace, The Larios and a new hotel called Casa Miraflores where we stayed recently. Situated in the Casco Antiguo (historic centre) it is an old town house which has been totally renovated to a very high standard. The rooms are located around a central Andalusian Patio and there is a comfortable lounge area on the top floor. Breakfast is included in the price.
This was a great base for us food lovers. As soon as we stepped out of the hotel onto the street we were surrounded by tapas bars, restaurants and bars where you can eat Málaga's famous pescaito frito (fried fish)!
When we were looking for a house in southern Spain, we created a wish list to make the search a little easier. The house had to radiate a Spanish atmosphere, be comfortable to live in during the extremes of the summer and winter and neither of us wanted it to require too much maintenance throughout the year.
Even more important was to find the best location. We do not like mundane environments and high-rise buildings; we were more interested in looking for that typical Spanish feel of white villages, natural surroundings, traditional food, good value locally produced wines and rustic hospitality.
A really wonderful trip to make from the Axarquia ! We have been coming here regularly for over 8 years and in winter time we always wanted to go to the Sierra Nevada for skiing. Until now we have made trips to the cultural cities of Granada, Seville, Ronda, Córdoba and Málaga, but in the beginning year we have finally made the skiing trip and it was a great experience !
The ski area is located in the Penibético mountain range in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park approximately 30 km from Granada city. It's a great modern ski resort, although not huge, it has more than 120 km of slopes, and has everything you need. There are several good lifts, the slopes are well maintained and are of excellent quality. With the help of snow cannons you can ski from November to late April. On Saturdays it is even possible to ski at night.