A town in Axarquia, Malaga, called the Balcony of the Axarquia, for its breathtaking views. Its Moorish past can be seen walking through the steep and narrow streets, visiting the remains. Also note that it is the cradle of the verdiales. It is 25 kilometres from Vélez-Málaga and 39 kilometres from Malaga. Among its monuments are the Mazmúllar cistern, archeological remains Mazmúllar Plateau, XI century and the Church of the Incarnation, from the XVI century. One of the most peculiar things about Comares besides its hiking trails, is the urban tourist route, in which the traveller is guided through the most beautiful and typical spots of the area.
In the village of Comares (called the Balcony of Axarquia) the remains of this castle-fortress can be seen. The Moorish castle, was built on an ancient Roman fortress. If you climb up the remains of the fortress to what is also commonly known as "The Tahona" (rest of the great wall that surrounded the castle), you can see a wonderful view of the whole town which appears to be suspended in a rock. You can also see the spectacular Sierra Tejeda Massif to the north and the sea to the south.
At the entrance to the village of Comares there was a sign indicating left to drive up closer to the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation. At the start of this path we find this very white fountain, called La Molina. From its appearance, it has probably been restored recently. To the left of the fountain there is a small garden with plants and it is surrounded by a fence of wooden logs where you can see old grinding stones.
This square has great views of the castle-fortress of Comares. It is situated in the central part of town and is a modern square which was inaugurated in 1999. In the square every year in various village festivals there are verdiales dances and contests, and it is a good place to walk and relax while admiring the wonderful anytime of year.
The Verdiales is a song-dance typical of the province of Malaga, especially in the area of Montes and the Axarquia. Each "Verdiales panda" brings musicians who usually play the tambourine, violin, castanets, cymbals, guitars .. And the panda´s musician is called "fiestero". The Comares Verdiales are reputed to be among the best in the province, and its style is distinguished as it is faster to sing. For all these reasons there is a monument in honour of the "fiestero", which is part of the local´s culture and another feature of the town.
The Esnite or Eznite is another hamlet in the municipality of Comares, it's on the sides of the road up to Comares from Benamargosa, a few kilometers from the crossing and after a considerable rise. The particularity of Esnite are the spectacular views of the coast (to the south) and of Periana, Sierra Tejeda and Peña del Hierro (Cútar) (north). It's a landscape dotted with farmhouses and almond trees. A recommendation is to carefully climb through this area that sometimes, especially in summer, has chameleons slowly crossing the road and is of special interest for being an endangered reptile species.
Walking around Comares you'll find with these ceramic tiles framed in iron, some already somewhat dilapidated, is a city tourist route, taking the traveler through the most beautiful and typical spots of the locality as well as explaining the history of the people and their routes and monuments. Here are photos of some of them.
Is a district east of the municipality of Comares, and like other towns around Axarquia, the landscape is dotted with orchards and fields, growing lemons and tropical fruit. The "star product" is the avocado. Reach the village by the MA-159 (Riogordo-Benamargosa) or head down the same road that leads to Comares. There is also a hiking trail that leads to the Gallegos, "Buena Vista Road," which begin by Plaza de Comares, through Ventorros, Concas, Llano Almendra and finally to Gallegos. You can enjoy the river Solano and Cuevas, walking down the riverbed.
Walking through the winding streets of Comares, is to walk through the history of the Axarquia. Due to its strategic location within the county, Comares was an area populated by the different cultures that settled in Andalusia. Its streets have strong Arab influences, as for centuries there was a strong andalusí influence. One of the streets that speaks in time is the street of the arches, a winding, narrow street lined with medieval Arab arches.
Taking the Buena Vista Road from the main square of the village of Comares, we found the charming village of Llano Almendra. The centre of the village is located around a Chapel. We walked around and came upon white farmhouses, well maintained and with beautiful gardens. By the Las Cuevas river there are many almond orchards. The Cave River borders the municipality, which is the largest and most important waterway. This river, passing through the lands of Comares, also receives the flow of the ravines and streams it finds in its path. We can also reach the hamlet Llano Almendra by the MA-159 (Riogordo-Benamargosa)
This solitary location marks the border between Malaga and Granada. It is a great way to appreciate the sudden change of scenery and the beginning of the rugged relief of Axarquia. Malaga Country Cottages, information at http://www.Toprural.Com/andalucia/casas-rurales-malaga_bd-es-29.htm