Discover El Valdés: Where Gaudí’s influence paints every corner

Celebrating Gaudí's Spirit Image:

JUST four kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea on a hilltop in the Axarquia region, the village of El Valdés has been attracting tourists and those seeking a second home tucked away in this quaint colourful village inspired by the iconic architect and designer Antoni Gaudí.

Gaudí’s Influence in Axarquia’s Heart

Resident Antonio Montañez spearheaded a vibrant transformation of El Valdés in the 1990s. The traditional white houses now boast a unique homage to Gaudí’s distinctive style. The best evidence of this transformation is Montañez’s own Casa Museo de la Axarquía but it extends throughout the town, peppering the streets with colour.

Colorful Charm: El Valdés and Gaudí’s Legacy

A children’s playground features a mini train in the iconic mosaic style, a mosaic tree dedicated to the area’s stonemasons, a beautiful fountain and some street and hamlet signs are also adorned with this unique design.

Explore Axarquia’s Must-Visit Town

This village only a 15-minute drive from Rincon de la Victoria is also part of the Axarquia Ruta de la Pasa (the raisin route) which is surrounded by vineyards, olive and almond trees creating stunning scenic five-kilometre route to the town of Moclinejo. The distinctive beauty of this area makes it one of Axarquia’s must-visit towns.

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Written by

Catherine McGeer

I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!


    • Angela

      12 February 2024 • 16:49

      There are 2 Gaudi-esque apartment blocks in Vera town. Can anybody tell me more about them?

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