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
    • festivities
  • Where is Almachar?
  • Book accommodation
  • Some useful links
  • Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga

Almachar Paseros en Axarquia
Paseros in Almachar

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.

crochet craftwork in almachar village
Crochet creations for a little shade

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 raisin

The village is surrounded by vineyards.


and paseros to dry the grapes.

paseros y pasa

All around the village you can see houses with adjoining paseros that fill up with grapes in August and September.

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.

almachar-que ver boveda

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.

Almachar calle con macetas
calle con macetas

As in all villages, you will come across cats….

Almachar calle 2
in front of a house

Many of the façades are decorated, a reminder of the local culture and the lively folklore of the verdiales.

festejo de verdiales hat

Below, a bunch of grapes crocheted in the village’s main square.

This craft is now also increasingly used to bring colour and shade to the white streets.

There are also shops to see.

I really liked this one : a little bit of everything – de todo un poco


The village tobacconist’s is also worth a visit…


as well as the Tobalo butcher’s shop.

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.

almachar iglesia San Mateo
iglesia San Mateo

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.

the house in front: the Pasa Museum

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.

El museo de la pasa en Almachar en Axarquia Raisin museum in Almachar

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,…)
  • astrotourism in Alhama de Granada
  • snorkeling
  • 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.

Guided tours

A very good local guide, Cipriano, offers thematic and seasonal guided tours of Almachar and its surroundings.

local guide andalucia

La Ruta de la Pasa – Raisin Route

el borge y la pasa en Axarquia

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.

The fiestas

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 y Procesión del Santo Cristo de la Banda Verde, in May
  • Encuentro de Pastorales, in December

Where is Almachar on the map?

Book accommodation

Please indicate the dates you wish to stay in Almachar to check availability in the village.

Some useful links (car hire, other ideas for visits)

Easy and economical bookings

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:


Seville, the capital of Andalucia, is a city full of treasures to discover and monuments to visit.

Door of Forgiveness – Seville Cathedral

Here you will find everything you can see in Seville in 3 days. And for those who will stay longer you will also find information on secret Seville and the Santa Cruz and Triana districts.


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Visit Cadiz, a city with an incredible past and great beauty, on the Costa del la Luz.


When you reach the Costa del Sol you will find in this link all must-sees in Malaga :

Street art next to the Picasso Museum Malaga


Discover what to see in Granada, and visit the Albaicin and Sacromonte districts:



And of course, visit Cordoba, the caliphate city, and the Juderia district


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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