Almachar best things to see and do
Visit Almachar, a beautiful white village on the Raisin Route – Ruta de la Pasa
In this article you will find the essential information to visit Almachar
- A few words about Almachar and its origins
- Almachar: the vine and the raisin
- Visiting Almachar: things to see?
- What to do in Almachar?
- activities around Almachar
- guided tours
- Where is Almachar?
- Book accommodation
- Some useful links
- Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga
A few words about Almachar and its origins
Almachar is located in Axarquia in the province of Málaga. This white village has preserved all its authenticity.
Almachar is also famous for its local gastronomy. It is particularly known for the production of raisins and the famous ajoblanco drink.
Almachar: the vine and the sultana
The village is surrounded by vineyards.
and paseros to dry the grapes.
The village is part of the Ruta de la Pasa (sultana route) with 5 other beautiful white villages: Comares, Cutar, El Borge, Totalan and Moclinejo.
Like the other villages, Almachar is a village that cultivates vines, especially the Moscatel variety. It produces wine but mainly raisins (DO pasa de Malaga). You will see many paseros around the village.
The origins of the village
This village was born during the Al-Andalus period, under Muslim rule. The layout of its streets reveals its Arab past.
Its name comes from the Arabic language and the term Maysar or Machar, which means “land of meadows”. In the past, the village was called Macharalhayate.
What to see in Almachar?
Walk through the narrow streets. They are typical of the white villages of La Axarquía.
As in all villages, you will come across cats….
There is also a shop to see. I really liked its sign!
even the Tobacco shop is worth seeing in the village…
The gardens of El Forfe
The gardens of El Forfe have a special attraction because they offer splendid panoramic views. From here you can contemplate the surroundings of the river Almáchar.
La Cueva del Moro
According to an old legend, this cave contains a treasure hidden by the Moors when they fled after the reconquista.
San Mateo Church
Its architecture is very special. The church was built over the old village mosque.
Some of the facades of the church recall its medieval history.
The Raisin Museum – Museo de la Pasa
This museum will show you the process of making one of Almáchar’s most typical products. Inside the Museo de la Pasa you can also see how the inhabitants lived in the past.
In the village, you must try the local specialities
The dried grape, without doubt the best, whose production system has been recognised as Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2018.
and the ajoblanco drink. Almachar is considered the cradle of ajoblanco. This drink is very pleasant, although its ingredients may surprise you. The ingredients of the recipe are: almonds, garlic, bread crumbs, water, olive oil and salt.
The ajoblanco according to historians is considered to be the ancient gazpacho.
Here is a short video about Almachar
This is the video presenting the village, which will be shown during the FITUR 2022.
What to do in Almachar?
Activities around Almachar
In the surroundings it is possible to find very nice activities:
- horse riding, on the beach or in the mountains
- diving in Nerja and Torrox
- guided tours (villages of Axarquia, Cordoba, Alhambra,…)
- via ferrata (Caminito del Rey,…)
- hiking (El Saltillo with the hanging bridge,…)
- canyoning (in the rio Verde,…)
- visit of caves
Use the following link to access all the activities to do. during your holidays. This link provides you with all the details of each activity.
A very good local guide, Cipriano, offers thematic and seasonal guided tours of Almachar and its surroundings.
La Ruta de la Pasa – Raisin Route
Cipriano organises the Ruta de la Pasa Tour from Nerja, Torrox and Torre del Mar.
This visit is only possible 2 months of the year, in September and October. For this reason it is advisable to book well in advance, especially as places are limited.
You will find details in the following link : The Raisin Tour from Nerja
The guided tours are always done in small groups (2 to 8 people max.) to discover the authentic Axarquia.
In the following link you will find all the details and prices of the tours he offers.
Here you can find all the guided tours in Axarquia from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.
There are many ferias and fiestas in the village. You will find the main ones below. The best known is the Fiesta del ajoblanco.
- Almachar Fair, in July
- Feria de Ntra. Sra. del Amparo, in July
- Feria del ajoblanco, in September
- Feria y Procesión del Santo Cristo de la Banda Verde, in May
- Encuentro de Pastorales, in December
Where is Almachar on the map?
Please indicate the dates you wish to stay in Almachar to check availability in the village.
Some useful links
Here is a very useful link for your travels: book a rental car from your place of stay.
If you are in Andalucia as part of a tour with several major cities to visit, here are some links that may be of interest:
- Discover must-sees before visiting Cordoba
- Visit Malaga on foot.
- All you need to know about Granada, the Alhambra, the Albaicin neighbourhood before visiting Granada
- If you are passing through the geographical centre of Andalusia, then you can visit Antequera, with the incredible natural site of El Torcal right next door.
Experiences to discover in the province of Malaga
Find more ideas for visits to authentic Andalusia: see the blog pages on Andalucia.
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