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  • AAlfarnatejo is a village in the Malaga area in the north of the Axarquia region, surrounded by an impressive landscape, a natural mountain paradise. It’s a welcoming inland village with barely 500 residents, surrounded by mountains and nature. The mountain peaks in the area are between 1,637 and 1,188 metres altitude, making it one of the province’s strategic points for climbing.

    Several hiking trails pass around the main peaks in the area. On these routes, you can observe our local mountain ranges: the Gallo-Vilo, the Tajo de Doña Ana and Alto del Fraile or Camarolos mountains with the Pico Chamizo.

    Its cultural heritage includes the Church of Santo Cristo de Cabrilla, the municipal park with its high stone wall and great arch, the natural outdoor laundry at the Pilar fountain, the Rincón del Beso (kissing corner), the cave paintings and the Arab bridge.

    Alfarnatejo is excellent for outdoor sports, spectacular scenery, climbing, culture, and fantastic restaurants with rich and varied Mediterranean cuisine.

    Alfarnatejo is a natural mountain paradise, a play to discover.

  • Alfarnatejo is 50 kilometres from the city of Málaga. The best way to get there is by taking the A-45 motorway and the A-4152 until you get there. It’s a comfortable trip.


    The Gorges Trail (Ruta de los Tajos) takes you through Alfarnatejo’s main scenic landmarks. This village in the Axarquia region has several imposing geographical features. Besides, in the nineteenth century, it was a hideout for local bandits. The Trail runs through springs, gulleys and gorges, giving the area its unique beauty.

    The mountainous landscape, the green fields and the peculiar terrain have earned Alfarnatejo the nickname “the Pyrenees of the South.”

    The area also has several archaeological sites, such as the Cortijo de la Cueva (Cave Cottage), the Sabar river gorge, or the Vilo gorge and the Chamizo cave.


    - April 25th: The San Marcos procession goes out to the countryside.

    - May 15th: The San Isidro procession.

    - July 16th: The Sabar Fair in honour of Nuestra Señora del Carmen.

    - The first weekend of August, the Gazpacho de los Tres Golpes Festival, declared Provincial Tourist Interest, is an ideal occasion to visit Alfarnatejo and taste the village’s delicious chilled tomato soup. During the event, thousands of litres of gazpacho are made using the area’s best produce.

    - September 29th: Patron Saints Festival in honour of Santo Cristo de Cabrilla and San Miguel.

  • History

    Alfarnatejo has evidence of human presence since prehistoric times. The archaeological remains from the Neolithic period found in the River Sabar gorge and the domestic objects dating back over 5,000 years found in the sheer drop at Gómer attest to this. However, the origins of this village in La Axarquía probably date back to the age of Muslim rule. Around the castle, built by El Sabar, at the top of the Alto del Fraile mountains, a farmstead was built, which according to some historians must have been the origin of Alfartanejo.

    In the Malaga Council book of Capitulation Records, there is a document dated 1492 where reference is already made to this village. The first population census has also survived, carried out here in 1553. Sixteen years later, Alfarnatejo was destroyed and burn by the Moriscos who, following the frustrated rebellion of Frigiliana, fled towards Granada.

    Between the 16th and 18th centuries, Alfarnatejo and Alfarnate were administratively linked, until the separation of the two municipalities was agreed. The fact that two localities with a certain degree of autonomy were encompassed by the same name (Puebla de los Alfarnates) did not please either village, leading to a rivalry between the inhabitants of the two villages.

    In addition to their shared history, Alfarnatejo and Alfarnate share unbeatable natural surroundings, similar gastronomy and comparable traditions. Both villages were also havens for bandits in the 19th Century.

  • The area has a rich and varied food culture. Visitors can sample high-quality organically-grown produce and excellent meat produced locally. The town’s traditional dishes are the migas (crumbs, a mountain dish), the three shots gazpacho (gazpacho de los tres golpes) and the cachorreña soups.

    Gazpacho de los tres golpes:

    While the chilled soup gazpacho is generally made of liquidised vegetables, in Alfarnatejo’s version, they are chopped very finely, mixed with water, and seasoned with the famous tres golpes (three shots or spoons): salt, vinegar and oil.

    Cachorreña soups:

    Soup made with desalted cod, the skin of a cachorreña orange, verdial extra virgin olive oil, garlic, cumin, sweet paprika, stale bread, salt and vinegar.

    Another very traditional Alfarnatejo dish is the olla de cocido (stew pot), made with the best chickpeas from the province of Malaga.

    Other typical dishes include kid goat with garlic (choto al ajillo), fried goat (chivo frito), salad with mint and garlic and migas with local fruits.

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  • Inhabitants (501-1,000)
  • Inland area

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