Alcaucín offers a superb panorama surrounded by hills and strewn with olive trees and orange trees, and even some tropical plants. The area is known as the Alta Axarquía and is only 25 kilometres away from the sea.
This is one of the earliest populated areas in the province of Málaga, as was demonstrated by the excavations at El Boquete de Zafarraya. Among other human remains, the jawbone of a Neanderthal man was found here. During the Phoenician colonization, the foundations of the fortress of Zalia were laid. The village was reconquered by the Christians in 1485.
Places of interest are the parish church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, inaugurated in 1732, the Zalia castle, the Fuente de los Cinco Caños, the spring water fountain in the main street, the caves of El Boquete de Zafarraya, and the Arab baths of sulphurous waters at Las Majadas.