The pretty Village of Alcaucin is located 54km from Malaga and is a 30 minute drive down to the sea at Torre del Mar, which you get a great view of from the Village and surrounding countryside. It is situated on the lower western slope of La Maroma in the Sierra Tejeda mountain range. It lies within the area of Axarquia, on the scenic Route of Olive Oil and Mountains.
From borders around Alcaucin you can pass through the Mountain range at El Boquete de Zafarraya natural gateway. Leading to the province of Granada. This gorge has played a part in the history of the people living in the neighbouring regions, archaeological excavations in 1983 discovered that people were already living here more than 30,000 years ago. There are remains of Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis man’s jaw – better known as Neanderthal Man – belonging to the Mousterian period.
Zalía Castle dates from the Phoenician colonisation. Some of the remains can still be observed today. The last period in the history of this castle began in 1569, when it became a prison ruled by the bishopric, after the Morisco uprisings.