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La Ruta de los Tajos: Comares, Colmenar y Alfarnatejo

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La Ruta de los Tajos: Comares, Colmenar y Alfarnatejo

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Museumsfreak wrote a review Nov 2014
Moelv28 contributions8 helpful votes
On our trip north from Velez-Malaga we saw a village on the very top of a mountain. We set the course and after a lot of curves and great views we reached the new and impressive gate to the village. We got good service in the Tourist Office and followed the "footprints" wich guided us up and down and from one end to the other. A beautiful village and great views over the surrondings. We loved it! The cementary was beautifylly decorated now just after All Saints Day. Comares is the less comercialised village I have ever seen. We saw one supermercado and did find one bar/restaurant to lunch - name forgotten, but we got a decent meal and good service. Driv up to Comares! It is well worth a visit!
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Date of experience: November 2014
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Francesca K wrote a review Aug 2013
Cadiz150 contributions81 helpful votes
Just the trip (not for the fainthearted, once you hit the access road MA-165), to get to this beautiful little village deserves a good review on its own. We approached the village from the West, through MA-169, and the scenery at that time of year, May, was simply breathtaking. Green rolling hills spotted with bright yellow flowers everywhere you looked at, it made us wonder if we still in southern Andalucia or were transported into some road up in Switzerland. You will be driving through timy little villages in the heart of what is called the Axarquia, this name comes from the currency that it was proposed to be used within the villages that belong to Axarquia, called Axarco, by some politician not long ago, in 1988, and still to this day, in use. Endless tropical tree plantations such as avocados, mangoes and papayas cover both sides of the roads, giving the landscape a heavenly touch of paradise. Once you leave the picturesque MA-169 life gets complicated. The road is severely uphill with many swichtbacks, and chances are, you will come across a few locals speeding down the narrow road, testing your survival skills at the wheel. Once up there you will be rewarded with magnificent views all the way to the Mediterranean sea, if the day is clear, on a landscape filled of green rolling hills (also depending on the time of year, Summer I imagine, would offer a different shade of green, if any at all), with spotted white villages here and there. Anywhere you look is simply breathtaking. It is impossible to get lost in this small village, also, there are footsteps marked on the floor, offering you the route to follow to make the best out of your visit. Make sure you have enough space on you memory card as you will be taking lots of pictures. We visited on a Sunday morning, and it was so quiet we let the dogs off the leash to wander the streets with us. The locals are clearly used to see foreign faces, as they simply ignore you. On a Sunday nothing was opened but a tiny souvenir shop and a bar, so it is a good idea to bring some snacks and something to eat and water, as you could find no shops open, depending on the time and day of the week. The way back will be a good test on the shape of your car brakes! Totally worth it, despite of the epic journey to get there.
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Date of experience: May 2013
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PaphosGoldfinger wrote a review Aug 2013
paphos33 contributions22 helpful votes
Unspoilt by commercialism, (you would be hard pressed to buy a postcard here!), tranquil, steeped in history, and fabulous views over the Axarquia. Take an afternoon off from the beach, and discover the real Spain!
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Date of experience: May 2013
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kaitiScotland wrote a review Jun 2013
Scotland145 contributions86 helpful votes
The scenery in the mountains is accessible and lovely. For dinner we were split into groups and went with a Spanish mum to her house were we were served the equivalent of a Sunday Lunch that she had made herself. Could be improved by having the option of a brief country walk instead of the visit to the olive oil factory.
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Date of experience: June 2013
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Paul H wrote a review Apr 2013
Peterborough, United Kingdom4 contributions9 helpful votes
A trip to Comares takes you to the real Spain. It is perched on top of a mountain overlooking a vast valley. The streets are quite steep, but the views are well worth the effort. We went on an organised tour & our guide was superb, being local.Included in the trip was a Tapas lunch. A proper tapas lunch not a touristy one.If you like the old Spain this village is fantastic.
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Date of experience: March 2013
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