Route of Sun and Wine

The Route of the Sun and Wine
The Route of the Sun and Wine

The Route of Sun and Wine is 55 kilometres long, running through the eastern area of Axarquia. It passes both inland and along a stretch of coastline. It traverses the municipalities of Algarrobo, Sayalonga, Competa, Canillas de Albaida, Torrox, Frigiliana and Nerja. The route includes important tourist resorts at Nerja, Torrox Costa and Algarrobo Costa. The inland villages lie within the foothills of the Sierra Almijara mountain range and have retained much of their original Moorish structure. The main agricultural product in the areas surrounding these villages is the grape, from which many very good wines are produced.

Axarquia Wine
Axarquia Wine

Algarrobo is the starting point of the Route of Sun and Wine. It is found 5 kilometres to the east of Torre del Mar, along the coastal road N-340, and then 4 kilometres inland. The next stop is a further 5 kilometres on at Sayalonga.

The same road takes us another 9 kilometres until reaching Competa. After this stop a short distance of 3 kilometres takes the route to Canillas de Albaida.

To reach the next village on the route we return to Competa and take the road for Torrox which is 15 kilometres on. From Torrox Costa the route follows the coastal N-340 in an easterly direction. Two watchtowers built in the 16th century for defense over the beaches are found here; the Torre del Morche and the Torre de Calaceite. The fortress of Castle Bago previously stood between these two towers.

After 8 kilometres of following a coastline of cliffs to the left and coves, rocks and small beaches to the right, just before reaching Nerja, a road to the left leads 6 kilometres to Frigiliana. Two more watchtowers are seen on the coast road before turning off to Frigiliana; these are the Torre Macaca and the Torrecilla.

The last stop on the Route of Sun and Wine is reached by retracing the road from Frigiliana down to Nerja.