Want to set up a business in Spain? Read how the locals and expats in the Axarquia area have set up their business. Or use this section as a guide as to where to shop, drink or eat.


A holistic, effective, safe and non-manipulative therapy to correct misalignments in the spine and joints and a true self-help method!

The DORN method is named after its inventor Dieter DORN. He invented this self-help method already in the 1970ies in the South of Germany. Since its invention and till to date it has been improved and further developed by Dieter Dorn himself and by the many others who have learned and practiced this fantastic method. 

The DORN method is a soft and very effective method to treat diseases and symptoms related with the spine and/or the joints. It is a form of manual therapy and treats vertebras and joints which are blocked or subluxated.


La Cabra Peluda bar in Archez has recently opened its doors.  It was formally known as La Pena and is under new ownership of Gavin and Sabrina although Gavin will take on the major role of running the business.

 They have had a house in Canillas de Albaida since 2010 but made the permanent move to Spain in November of last year. Sabrina and Gavin ran a 17 room, 2 restaurant Hotel with public bar in Guernsey for 10 years and previous to this a bar/restaurant for 7 years and prior to this an Irish bar in the UK. They are certainly not new to the hospitality business!

The move to Spain was to change the pace of their lives although from the start Gavin was on the lookout for an opportunity to do something which could combine business and sociability, which ultimately was another bar! After a couple of ideas that didn’t come to fruition they were introduced to Carmen who owned La Pena .They were able to work out a deal with her so Gavin and Sabrina took over the lease form the 1st May this year. 


This month I met with Dierk Pfeiffer of Axarquia Properties. Axarquia Properties was formally owned by Sally Harrison who I had the pleasure of working with many times over the 20 years she was in the property industry.  However, last year, Sally decided to retire and thus approached Dierk to see if he would be interested in taking over her business. 

Dierk is not new to Estate Agency having known Sally for at least the last 5 years and owned Andalucia Real Estate. Originally from Germany he has lived in the Canary Islands, the Dominican Republic and travelled round Europe. He believes it is this experience of buying in different countries, with different cultures and settling into a new lifestyle that gives him the understanding to ensure his clients buy the right type of property, in the right place, with all the support needed to be comfortable and happy in their new environment. It is extremely important to Dierk that he is viewed as more than just an Estate Agency. It isn't just about selling houses it's about providing a service from before a sale and not ending with the sale. The following testimonials from a clients proves just that.


GUSTO XC are specialists in Mountain Bike adventure. They provide mountain bike tours all over Andalucia with packages to suit all abilities. Bike rental is offered along with a professional guide. Andrew Laine known more commonly as Digger has been in the bike industry for years. Digger and his friend Tim are the business owners. Tim also has Restaurant Gusto in Nerja and they jointly set up Gusto XC 6 months ago.

Before Andrews years in Spain, he was in the Avionics Industry


On the 10th of June something rare will be happening near the town of Sayalonga. A Steinway grand piano, brought in from Granada, will arrive at Bodegas Bentomiz. It will be set up on a stage on the forecourt between the winery and the vineyards ready for a night of wine, tapas and classical piano music. 

This is the launch event for Mountain Wine and Music – a series of classical, flamenco and jazz performances to while the nights away at the bodega this summer. It is

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