Axarquía is a region in the Province of Malaga, Andalucia, Spain. The coastal part of Axarquía is often known as the Costa del Sol Oriental (Costa del Sol East), one of the sunniest places in mainland Spain with the average of 320 sunny days a year.
- 1 Vélez-Málaga — this bustling, inland market town is the most important city of the region, and not dominated by tourism
- 2 Frigiliana — won the award for most beautiful town of Spain multiple times
- 3 Nerja — a beachside resort that isn't dominated by large concrete hotels
- 4 Sedella — a Moorish village where the vine was its main crop
- 5 Torrox — a coastal town of many festivals and traditions celebrated throughout the year
Its name is traced back to Arabic الشرقية (aš-Šarqiyya, meaning "the eastern [region]").
The economy of the region is based mainly on agriculture, fishing, livestock and the construction sector, as well as the tourism sector.
The A-340 highway runs along the coast, connecting all the coastal centres. The A-7 highway, the A-356, the A-7000 and the A-402 run through the region.
The Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park, the Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs Natural Park and the Montes de Málaga Natural Park are located in this region.
Among the dishes of the Axarquia cuisine that stand out are goat fried with spices, fennel stew, the enblanco, the ajoblanco or the chickpeas with tripe.
The Muscat grape of the Axarquía has been declared a world agricultural heritage by the FAO.