Zafarraya is situated just north of the Axarquia. An attractive pretty village with flat streets, Zafarraya lies at an altitude of 893 metres and has a population of about 2.500 inhabitants. Zafarraya lies at the foot of the north face of the Sierra Tejeda Mountains surrounded by green pastures and vineyards, with pine forests climbing the mountains.
Zafarraya has been populated since prehistoric times and has many historic remains. It relies mainly on market garden produce which is grown in the local area. The village has an old town with a ruined church and whitewashed houses, and newer development which is also whitewashed with a more contemporary aspect. There are flower-bedecked squares and parks from where to sit and watch the world go by and amenities including shops, restaurants, banks etc. Zafarraya certainly has the feeling of “true” Spain, with hospitable, warm and friendly people.
An enourmous U-shaped gap in the mountains, known as El Boquete de Zafarraya, is found close to Zafarraya through which a road links the Provinces of Malaga and Granada. Prehistoric sites have been discovered including a cave near to El Boquete de Zafarraya where the remains of a Neanderthal Man were found.