Árchez

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Árchez
Municipality
Archez view 01.jpg
Flag of Árchez
Flag
Coat of arms of Árchez
Coat of arms
Municipal location in the Province of Málaga
Municipal location in the Province of Málaga
Árchez is located in Spain
Árchez
Árchez
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 36°50′20″N 3°59′26″W / 36.83889°N 3.99056°W / 36.83889; -3.99056Coordinates: 36°50′20″N 3°59′26″W / 36.83889°N 3.99056°W / 36.83889; -3.99056
Country  Spain
Community  Andalusia
Province Málaga
Comarca Axarquía
Government
 • Mayor Amalia María Jiménez Jiménez (IU)
Area
 • Total 4.8 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Elevation 530 m (1,740 ft)
Population (2013)
 • Total 497
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 29753
Website www.archez.com

Árchez is a small village in the province of Málaga, in southern Spain. The village is situated approximately 21 kilometres from Vélez Málaga. It has a population of approximately 408 residents, which are known as Archeros.

Archez is located on the foothills of the Sierra Almijara on the scenic Mudejar Route which winds its way through some of the most picturesque white-washed villages of the Axarquia.

Archez has a beautiful valley setting. The River Turvilla runs through the village. Following the course of the river, a beautiful walk takes you up into the hills and into the neighbouring village of Canillas D'Albaida. Along the course of the river, are the remains of three old flour mills, an indication of Archez's previous status as an important farming village. Today, most of the village slopes are filled with vines, avocado and olive trees, and the local farmers can be seen with their mules collecting their harvests.

The peaceful village comes alive for one weekend in August when its annual Fiesta takes place. Fireworks, music and the famous horse race transform this sleepy village into a 24hr party venue as the Archeros celebrate in style. Adjoined to the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnacíon is a 16th-century Mudéjar tower whose minaret dates from the 13th century.

A walk through the tiny village streets reveals clusters of traditional houses.