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The best climate for the best mango

La Axarquía´s climate is essentially Mediterranean, and semi tropical with mild winters and warm summers. This region is known, especially the coastal strip, for having ¨the best climate in Europe¨. With over 300 days of sun a year, the area is unique in enjoying a mild climate. The influence of the Mediterranean Sea makes for stable and enjoyable temperatures for both the environment and water year round.

The coastal section of La Axarquía, which stretches from Rincón de la Victoria to Torrox and Nerja, provides average values of monthly temperatures, which are mild throughout the year both in summer and winter. The average yearly temperature is 18 ºC which is enjoyed, as previously mentioned, with warm winters and mild summers.

In a climate study carried out by the Meteogroup, it was found that the community of Torrox (an important coastal core of La Axarquía) offers the best climatic characteristics for tourism and living.

During the summer this area records the lowest maximum absolute temperatures of the communities studied (21 communities of important Mediterranean tourist locations), reaching 32ºC on days of extreme heat. In the winter no frosts were recorded and the minimum average temperature is about 10ºC. Only 54 days of precipitation were recorded even though there were no recorded water restrictions. The rain falls is recorded in the nearby mountains, and then flows down to the coast via streams (see study).

The uniqueness of the climate of this region in the east of the province of Málaga is due to its geographic location as the north is protected by the mountains of Alhama, Tejeda and Almijara from the cold winds. Its subtropical latitude is one of the main reasons why this area enjoys over 3,000 hours of sun a year.

La Axarquía is a region filled with contrasts with snowy mountains that reach 2,000m in altitude beside tranquil beaches with tropical climates. The landscape of the region starts at sea level in the south and reaches the peaks that stand at 2,000 m above sea level in the north, enjoying three separate yet similar sub-climates.

The coastal region has an exceptional climate with average temperatures of 10º C in January and 25ºC in August with notably mild winters. In the interior valleys the climate is slightly more extreme with colder winter and warmer summers. The villages that are located above 900 m also have colder winters; however, their summers are cooler.

These environments, together with a notable absence of plagues and diseases, provide ideal climatic conditions for subtropical cultivation.

The climatology of the area stands out for its stable mildness which, when considered together with its suitable soil and the correct use of water by farmers, makes it easy to understand why this is a unique enclave for the cultivation of tropical fruits of the highest quality.

For many years these factors have been making the region of La Axarquía a remarkable producer of subtropical fruits such as mangos, avocados, papayas, and cherimoyas, etc.