Driving around La Viñuela area of the rural mountain region of La Axarquia in Malaga province offers the delights of villages such as picturesque Alcaucin.

Located at the foot of the Sierra de Tejeda mountains, this remote white village offers stunning views of Lake Viñuela with the peaks in the distance. With no through traffic, this quiet hamlet has unspoiled, traditional charm.

Every day rural life in the village of Alcucin. ©Michelle Chaplow
Everyday rural life in the village of Alcaucin.

You can see a historic restored Moorish fountain, La Fuente de los Cinco Caños, with its beautiful tiles and five spouts providing fresh spring water. Alcaucín also has an interesting 16th-century church and a hermitage.


The historic fountain of Alcucin ©Michelle Chaplow
The historic fountain of Alcaucin.

The village of Alcaucín itself has a pretty square (central plaza), home to the Our Lady of the Rosary church, a restored 17th-century building.


The views from Plaza Zalia, with its whitewashed walls lined with potted plants, make the steep climb up more than worthwhile.

The Plaza of Zalia. ©Michelle Chaplow
The fountain in the Plaza Zalia, Alcaucin.


Very near the village of Alcaucín are the remains of an ancient Moorish town, Zalia and castle.

The Castle of Zalia ©Michelle Chaplow
The Castle of Zalia

The fortifications, situated on a small hill, were originally constructed by the Phoenicians, then used by the Moors, and finally used by the Christian Kings as a prison for their Arabic predecessors.


The town of Alcaucín is also the site of many archeological finds including remains of Neanderthal civilisation, such as the cave where human remains were found, Boquete de Zafarraya

HAndicRafts and gastronomy

Alcaucin is known for its traditional esparto grass handicrafts, while its gastronomy includes tortillas de bacalao con miel (honey and cod omelettes), porridge with garlic, and squash with sardines, accompanied by local sweet moscatel wine,a s well as olive oil biscuits. Alcaucin is situated on the  scenic gourmet Olive Oil and Mountains Route.


In terms of wildlife, this area is one of the richest in Andalucia - you can see mountain goat, weasel, bobcat, badger and genet; birdwatchers might catch a glimpse of linnet, blackbird, warbler, redstart, skylark and nightingale.


If you wish to celebrate with the locals head to Alcaucín on any Spanish holiday or experience one of this village’s unique festivals: the cultural week is held annually in the spring, usually in May; the San Isidro Pilgrimage in the Fortress is held in mid-May; the “Virgin de la Inmaculada” festival takes place at the end of June; the Flamenco Singing Festival is held in summer, usually in August; and the Chestnut Festival held in the autumn

Hotels in and around Alcaicin

Book Hotels in and around Alcaicin

Casa Estrella de Salia

Casa Estrella de Salia in Alcaucín provides adults-only accommodation with a garden, a bar and barbecue facilities. This property offers access to a terrace, free private parking and free WiFi. Guests can make use of the picnic area or the year-round outdoor pool, or enjoy views of the mountain and garden.

Harmony Home

Harmony Home is a recently renovated country house in Alcaucín, where guests can makes the most of its infinity pool, garden and shared lounge. Boasting private check-in and check-out, this property also provides guests with a picnic area. The country house also features free WiFi, free private parking and facilities for disabled guests.

Hotel Las Piedras

Hotel Las Piedras has a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge in Alcaucín. The property features a garden, as well as a terrace. The accommodation offers a hot tub, free WiFi throughout the property and family rooms.

Casa Molina

Offering mountain views, Casa Molina in Alcaucín offers accommodation, an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, a shared lounge, a terrace and barbecue facilities. The lodge features both WiFi and private parking free of charge.


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