Exploring the Area
At over 700 metres above sea level, Comares deserves the epithet, ‘Balcony of Axarquía’. In fact the Arabic name for the town, ‘Hins Comarix’, means ‘Castle on High’.
There are breathtaking views of the Axarquía region from this natural vantage point, including the mountain ranges of Tejada and Almijara to the west.
The town is known for its eponymous style of Verdiales, the folk music of the region. It was also the home town of Omar ben Hafsum, a rebel leader in Muslim times (9th Century A.D.) opposed to the Califs of Córdoba. There is still evidence of Muslim occupation including inscribed stonework, watch towers, ancient walls and water storage tanks. To explore the town, follow the Footsteps of History.
The carefully conserved countryside around Comares is strewn with limestone rocks and boulders, ravines and cliffs - home to birds of prey and a huge variety of Mediterranean plants and wildlife. Such surroundings make Comares ideal for leisurely walks or more challenging treks. For a driving experience, follow the Raisin Route, a tour of Axarquía which includes Comares as a stopping point.
From Málaga there are several routes to Comares, some more spectacular than others...
The smoothest (but longest in distance) uses the motorway system as far as Casabermeja before turning east and approaching Comares from the north via Colmenar. It is also the best route from the airport. Journey time around 1¼ hours. Click here for details.
From the centre of Málaga there are three choices: the old Montes de Málaga road to the north, the El Palo/Olias route to the north east, or the Vélez-Málaga route to the east. Typical journey time for these routes is around 1½ hours.
Each trek is described in detail, including basic information and statistics, route description, flora and fauna and geology. These treks are not for the faint hearted. Dress appropriately and always carry drinking water. Click on a route to see more...
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