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  • Alfarnatejo is a village in the north of the Axarquía region of Malaga, surrounded by a stunning mountainous landscape. The Chamizo, Gallo and Vilo mountains surround this pretty village and the spectacular gorges invite visitors to discover the natural beauty of this municipality.

    Alfarnatejo dates back to Moorish times and it once had a Moorish castle which is now in ruins. Today it is a typical Andalusian village: charming, friendly and very welcoming.



    The Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla is located at the highest point of the village. Constructed during the 18th century, it would have to be rebuilt in 1977. It has a simple design, with two naves separated by semicircular arches. The giant bells in the belfry tower are particularly impressive from outside.

    The cortijo Pulgarín Bajo is an old property in Alfarnatejo that is currently used for rural tourism. It covers an area of 600,000 square meters and has three rural houses, one of which is over 130 years old. The complex has gardens, barbecues, a mill-museum and even a basketball court. The ideal place for a family break.

  • 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 ruta de los tajos (the gorge route) is a route that covers the main landmarks in Alfarnatejo. This municipality in the Axarquía region has some striking geographical features, which served as shelter for the bandits in the area during the 19th century. A number of romantic English travellers have written about banditry along these routes. The route runs through cliffs, gorges and water springs that will enchant visitors with their incomparable natural beauty.

    Alfarnatejo is referred to as the "Pyrenees of the South" because of its mountainous landscape, its green fields and its peculiar orography.

    There are numerous significant archaeological sites in this municipality in areas such as the cortijo de la Cueva, the Río Sabar gorge or the Vilo cliffs and the Chamizo and Perla Horá cave.


    The Fiesta del Gazpacho is held during the first weekend of August, the perfect time to visit Alfarnatejo and try their exquisite chilled tomato soup that is typical of this village. Thousands of litres of this cold soup called gazpacho are served to all the visitors during this event, using only the best local products. This festivity coincides with the flamenco festival, Velada Flamenca de los Pirineos del Sur.

    A number of other interesting events are held in Alfarnatejo throughout the year. The Candelaria is held on the 2 February. The Romería de San Marcos is held on 25 April, a religious festivity held in the countryside.

    The cencerrada is held on Easter Saturday, a festivity in which the younger residents of the village wander the streets of Alfarnatejo ringing cowbells to the beat of the bells.

    The San Isidro pilgrimage is held in May. The Feria de Sabar in honour of Nuestra Señora del Carmen is held on 16 July. And on the 29 September the processions of Santo Cristo de Cabrilla and San Miguel are held.


    The traditional dishes of Alfarnatejo include the olla de cocido, a dish made with the best chickpeas in the province of Malaga. Other dishes include the sopas cachorreñas made with bitter oranges, the choto al ajillo (baby goat with garlic), chivo frito (fried young goat), garlic and mint salad, saina (a sweet dish made with oil, flour, milk, sugar, mint tea and fried bread) and the famous migas (lightly fried bread with garlic and pork) with local fruits.

  • 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.

  • Alfarnatejo has the province’s best chickpeas and are part of the town’s best-known dish, called the olla del cocido. Other star foods include the migas, sopas cachorreñas con naranja agria, roscos de San Marcos, choto al ajillo, saina, garlic and mint salad and the morrete de setas (a dish with mushrooms, potatoes and bread). They’re all made using local products.

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