The pueblo (village) of Archez is located in the central area of the Axarquia, 21 km from Vélez Málaga and 435 meters above sea level. The annual average precipitation is 670 l / m 2 and the average temperature is 17 º C.
It is one of the smallest villages of the Axarquia, situated in the Turvilla River Valley and the foothills of the Sierras of Tejeda and Almijara. Originally a Moorish village, where the vine was the main crop, it still is an important element in its landscape and its economy. The people of Árchez were described as the Jewel of Merinita in the XII century.
Minaret Tower of the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation
Remains of Ancient Wall.
Árchez Typical in traditional Arab dishes like fennel soup with rice, bread crumb coated sardines and cod tortillas with honey, are among the specialties that visitors can enjoy. It also highlights the own production of wine, for private use or for sale in bars and for private parties. Also of note is the production of grapes, olives, almonds, and to a lesser extent, avocados.
Archez be reached via the Mediterranean motorway (A-7) from anywhere on the Costa del Sol near Velez Malaga. Algarrobo is a detour to the highway A-6203, (nearby is Sayalonga) and immediately return to the MA-115, and you will reach Archez.
Distances from Árchez
Malaga 54 km
Velez – Malaga 23 km
Nerja 31 km
Marbella 114 km
Antequera 101 km
The travellers who cover the less tan 40 km of this route will discover five small villages which still conserve the most outstanding examples of Mudejar architecture in the zone. Arenas, Árchez, Salares, Sedella and Canillas de Aceituno are all towns with an authentic Mudejar appearance which give visitors the sensation of having travelled back in time.
The Christian conquest of the Axarquia Region was not achieved until 1487. The term “Mudejar”, which is derived from the Arabic word “mudayya”, is used to denote the Muslims who, following the Christian conquest, remained in the new Castilian state, conserving their religion, language and legal organization.
The typical features of Mudejar architecture include the use of bricks, glazed ceramic and plasterwork as converings and for the exterior decoration. The materials used for their construction were cheap yet significantly useful, as they enabled the economic and rapid construction of buildings. But the Muslin influence in Mudejar art is not only present in the decoration, but also in the architectural structures, such as the bell towers and the beams of the wooden roofs of churches.
The towns includes on this route are located in the foothills of the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Natural Park, enabling direct contact with the natural features which accompany us along the length of this route.