15 Dec, 2015 @ 21:40
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Comares: Balcony of the Axarquia

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SIERRAS dressed in a patchwork of pueblos, plantations and isolated homesteads spill down towards the sparkling coast where illuminated resorts hug the shore.

comares-gv-02It’s easy to see why the hilltop pueblo of Comares is called the balcony of the Axarquia.

This spectacular place sits atop its regal perch where the views are simply stunning.

But there is much more to this pueblo than 360 degree views. Hiking, cycling and rock climbing are all popular activities in the area.

Begin with a walking tour of the village centre. The route is dictated by pretty ceramic footprints, and takes in numerous miradors, the Castillo, the peaceful cemetery before ending back in the central square.

It is the perfect introduction to Comares, with regular optional pit-stops in the shape of tapas bars and ornate benches.

Of the historical remains, the Moorish fort stands highest of all. It was the stronghold of ninth century Moorish rebel leader Ibn Hafsun, and there are plenty of information boards explaining more about this turbulent time.

Heading out of the village centre, there are clearly-marked hiking routes which make exploring the varied countryside surrounding Comares a doddle. (see map)

And for the more adventurous hikers, there are plenty more potential routes that aren’t publicised in leaflets. The Axarquia is undoubtedly a hiker’s paradise.

Cycling is also immensely popular in the mountains, while the steep slopes flanking the village are often speckled with rock climbers.

But for such a seemingly remote location, Comares still knows how to party with the best of them. July’s Feria de Verdiales, the annual August village feria, as well as events celebrating Patron Saint Hilario offer ample opportunity to let your hair down and dance.

Visitors can extend their stay by sleeping Comares too, with the Hotel Atalaya a popular option. With the capacity for 120 people, it also boasts an excellent restaurant serving up local produce and stunning views from its south-facing balcony.

Furthermore, there are smaller boutique Casas Rurales in the charming heart of Comares.

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Hiker’s paradise

THE mountainous region surrounding Comares is best explored on two feet or two wheels.

There are coloured signposts to help you navigate your way along four different length routes in the immediate area.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a bag, a bottle of water and get out there!

Flying free

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFLYING through the air with the rugged valley opening up below you, a trip on Comares’ zipwire is an experience you’ll never forget.

A breathtaking 110 metres above the ground, and 436 metres long, the ‘tirolina’ is the most extreme in Spain.

This is one challenge not for the faint-hearted, or, crucially, those scared of heights.

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THE fiestas de Verdiales are legendary in Comares, with the whole village coming together to enjoy music, dancing and drinking.

The verdiales are traditional folk dances and songs.

They are common in Malaga’s mountain villages, and supported by colourful musicians and cheering crowds.

In Comares, the festival takes place every July.

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