A table with local products from Malaga region

The Start

One grey evening we were eating dinner in our small two-room apartment in the center of Copenhagen, when a tempting idea sneaked into our minds: Why don’t we leave to some place warm for the whole summer? We were obviously on the same page, because neither of us had to convince each other that we should do it. But where to go? Italy or Spain? Spain seemed the obvious choice, since I spoke the language and neither of us had been there.

The same evening, we started looking for house rental possibilities in the north of Spain, but there wasn’t much to choose from. Few days later Anders came across some houses in Southern Spain. The views were nicer, the prices looked more appealing, and we started to gather our favorites and called around. Turned out that nobody wanted to sublet the houses just for three months in the summer, and now we know that they had good financial reasons not to do so, since they can rent these houses weekly for the amount we would pay during a month.

Read more: A taste to remember

Weekly market with fruits and vegetables in a white village of Andalusia

Most 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.

Read more: Weekly markets in the Axarquia; a nice Andalusian event for bargain lovers

Cover of the book Magical Mountain Stories by Laura Campbell
© Brenda Higgins

After fourteen years living in this beautiful part of Spain I should be used to the views. The mountain that shields us from the harsh Granada winters, the chance to see the Atlas mountains in the distance and the the rugged hills filled with olive and almond trees. I don't think I will ever grow tired of the scenery. As the day turns to night and the seasons change so does the countryside. The colours and the cloud formations, the shadows and the light. Mount Maroma sits behind the village and it's look changes by the hour. It was these absolutely amazing views that inspired me to write the books.

We moved house and with the house came a dog. Florentinos' owner works long hours and it was decided I would walk him. I became his doggy nanny.

Read more: Magical Mountain Stories by Laura Campbell

Skiing area in the Sierra Nevada
© Jan B van der Marel 2017

A 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, Cordoba and Malaga, but this 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 , 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.

Read more: Skiing in the Sierra Nevada !

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