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.

We started our travels in the traditional seaside resort of Nerja which is around an hours drive from Málaga and explored the inland areas of the Axarquia with its mountains white villages and unspoilt countryside. We soon decided our house would be located in this area!

The Axarquia lies in Andalusia between the provinces of Málaga and Granada, just to the east of the city of Málaga. This area has a coastline of 50 km and reaches 35 km inland. Along the coastline you can find vast sandy beaches and coves surrounded by cliffs, beyond there are magnificent mountain ranges and Natural Park,which provide a great climate. The Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, climbing etc. What we found so interesting are the Moorish influences and architecture  in many towns and villages which create great  tourism opportunities.

Most villages are located in the mountains and all have their own story to tell. The village of Frigiliana for example has been repeatedly voted most beautiful village in Spain while the Balcon de Europa, and the caves in Nerja have world acclaim. In many villages there are buildings of interest including the church in El Borge and the ancient minarets in Archez and Salares. Worth seeing are also the villages of Comares (highest village in the Axarquia), Alfarnate, Sedella, Riogordo, Canillas de Aceituno and Competa. The main town and capital is Vélez-Málaga.

To be honest, of the 31 white villages in Axarquia, we have only visited around half of them and we have been around here for 10 years already, so there is still so much to see ;-)

Sunny greetings from Marita, Team Second Home Andalusia

Just for your comfort, these are all the white villages of the Axarquia area in alfabetical order:

  • Alcaucín, Alfarnate, Alfarnatejo, Algarrobo, Almáchar, Archez, Arenas
  • Benamargosa, Benamocarra
  • Canillas de Aceituno, Canillas de Albaida, Colmenar, Comares, Cómpeta, Cútar
  • El Borge
  • Frigiliana
  • Iznate
  • Macharaviaya, Moclinejo
  • Nerja
  • Periana
  • Rincón de la Victoria, Riogordo
  • Salares, Sayalonga, Sedella
  • Torrox, Totalán
  • Vélez-Málaga and Viñuela

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From THE Netherlands to B&B in ANDALUSIA

For us, moving abroad was always beyond any doubt, but one of the biggest question to answer was where to go to. Finally, after some deliberation, we decided to go to the Axarquia region in Andalusia. With the help of Second Home Andalusia we started Cortijo La Zapatera, our beautiful Bed & Breakfast.


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Authentic Finca in Andalusia

After many years of spending holidays and short breaks in Andalusia we finally realised our old dream of buying an authentic property in the Andalusian interior; with the help of Second Home Andalusia we fell in love with a renovated old finca with beautiful grounds including olive and fruit trees, our own vineyard and spectacular views towards the Mediterranean Sea and its lovely sunsets.


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Cosy finca in Arenas with a mango farm

When Sjaak took early retirement in the beginning of 2016 the idea of having a house in Spain came to mind again. Affected by our friends René and Sonja, who had just bought a house in the Axarquia and by Jan and Marita, our friends who have been living in the Axarquia for several years now..


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Finca with a nice view on Canillas de Aceituno

Actually, we have never had the intention to buy a house in Spain, but when we started thinking about our retirement and we realized that we liked coming to Andalusia, we then contacted Second Home Andalusia to talk about the options. Their help was crucial in the whole proces; now we are the proud owners of a beautiful Finca near the white village of Canillas de Aceituno.


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Our own holiday home in a white village

My wife and I have been visiting Sedella and the Axarquia since 2001 and our first visit we had been harboring the dream of owning our own property here. In early 2016 our long-held dream became a reality, without any worries, and that is entirely down to the team at Second Home Andalusia! 

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