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Aldea de El Acebuchal.
An authentic natural wonder

The village of El Acebuchal

Just an hour’s drive from Palacio Solecio, hidden in a unique natural environment among the Natural Park of Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, is El Acebuchal, a centuries-old village of white buildings with lots of history.

This village, nowadays considered a true rural paradise, remained abandoned for more than 50 years. It was forbidden to live in since, during the Spanish war, the Civil Guard discovered that the inhabitants of the area were helping the maquis rebels.

It was not until half a century later when some descendants of those ancient inhabitants decided to give life to El Acebuchal again. To do so, they bought some abandoned plots and recreated the village as it was, with streets and typical buildings, all made without the luxuries of the 21st century.

This authentic essence is the main attraction of El Acebuchal. The village offers to visitors the possibility of disconnecting from the world for a few hours while walking through its charming streets, swimming in the natural pools or enjoying the fresh air and the Mediterranean light while hicking one of the many green routes in the area.

In addition, for those who wish to live an authentic immersive experience, El Acebuchal organizes farming activities, from learning how to make goat cheese to visiting avocado plantations.

The day is completed with a stop for lunch at the El Acebuchal Bar & Restaurant, which offers, in addition to its delicious bread baked every morning, traditional recipes, game meat and vegetarian options.

On the way back to Palacio Solecio, the Nerja Cove and the Balcón de Europa viewpoint are two authentic wonders that we also recommend visiting.

Discover these and other activities in Málaga and nearby, here.

 

Photos: © Condé Nast Traveler. Andalucía Simple.