Archidona is a beautiful and historic town with the 18th century Plaza Ochavada at its heart and is overlooked by the stunning hilltop Sanctuary of La Virgen de Gracia and Moorish castle.

The capital of Málaga province during Moorish rule, Washingtion Irving describes the town and its rich Moorish heritage in his famous Tales of the Alhambra, which is now listed on the same official tourist route. A maze of atmospheric streets and alleyways surround the centre of town, with beautiful architecture and views across the sierra beyond town.

The Convento de Las Monjas Mínimas is one of the few closed religious orders left in Spain, and the patron saint of the town, The Virgin of Grace, whose portrait is housed in a sanctuary high above the town looking across the valley, is celebrated every September.

There are other festivals throughout the year, including Carnavales (Carnival in February), Semana Santa, one of the most spectacular Easter celebrations in Andalucía that lasts a full two weeks, and a traditional Feria in August. The capital of the North Eastern region of Málaga province, it is bordered by several other interesting towns, many of which boast excellent walking routes, local cuisine, olive oil and wine production.