Moclinejo best things to see and do
Moclinejo and its vineyards
Moclinejo, a white village in Axarquía… full of colour…
In this article you will find the essential information to visit Moclinejo :
- A few words about Moclinejo and its origins
- Moclinejo: vines, wine and ceramics
- Visiting Moclinejo: what to see?
- What to do in Moclinejo
- Guided tours
- Where is Moclinejo?
- Book accommodation
- Some useful links
- Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga
A few words about Moclinejo
It is a real delight to walk through its colourful streets.
Moclinejo, vineyards and wine
Moclinejo and the Ruta de la Pasa (the Raisin Route)
Wine production in Moclinejo
Moclinejo is a village that mainly grows Muscatel wine. It produces wine and also the famous raisin (DO pasa de Málaga) like the other villages of the Ruta de la Pasa.
This grape variety is precisely the Muscatel of Alexandria. It has been cultivated in these lands for thousands of years. It was imported from Egypt by the Phoenicians 3000 years ago.
It has always been cultivated on the surrounding mountains, with the only tools being the human hand and the help of the mullets for the harvest. The terrain prevents the use of mechanical equipment.
Part of the harvested grapes will be used to produce DO Malaga wine. This wine can be Dulce or Seco, depending on whether the grapes have been dried (15 days) in the sun on the paseros.
This local culture is one of only 50 sites in the world registered by the UN, through the FAO, as SIPAM (System of Ingenious World Agricultural Heritage).
Moclinejo and ceramics
As in many of the villages of La Axarquía, it is possible to find very good ceramic craftsmen.
In the village, in the Plaza de España, next to the town hall, there is Eva Vazquez, who makes some wonderful pieces, so don’t hesitate to enter her workshop!
Visiting Moclinejo: what to see?
Walking through the narrow streets of Moclinejo is an enchantment. After the walk, the best thing to do is to stop for a drink in the village square.
During the walk, you will be able to see many works of arte callejero.
Some of which even offer a beautiful and curious relief:
The Moclinejo Wine Museum
This museum is worth a visit. It is located in the century-old bodega of Antonio Muñoz Cabrera – Dimobe -. You can learn about the history of wine production and see many tools from the past.
If I may make a recommendation, you must try the wines of Viñedos Verticales, a bodega owned by Dimobe, and in particular a white wine: Lulitas y filitas. A little wonder!
However, it should be noted that in Moclinejo, as in Sedella, the cultivation of a grape variety endemic to Axarquia has been revived: Romé (to be discovered!).
The village church
This church is in the Mudejar style as in many of the surrounding villages.
Find El Ratón Pérez
It has become customary in many villages to find a small house of the ratoncito Pérez.
He was originally a character in a story written by the Jesuit Luis Coloma, at the request of the Queen Regent Maria Cristina, for her son, the future King Alfonso XIII. This story was written when the latter lost a tooth, to console him. In England, this story is known as the the tooth fairy.
A final word on Alfonso XIII, affectionately known as Buby I by his mother: this king came to Axarquia several times.
Finally, the most famous path in the province of Málaga, the Caminito del Rey, is the name given in his honour after his passage through this incredible place.
Walking in the centre of Moclinejo
The ” ornaments ” of the streets are beautiful,
There are many places decorated with ceramics and mosaics.
It is not surprising, however, as in the photo below, to see very large flower pots to avoid “theft”. Indeed, there is a very special custom in Moclinejo with flower pots.
This village is known for a curious tradition that is repeated every year on Easter Sunday.
On that night, the young people of the village dedicate themselves to “stealing” pots of flowers and plants from the villagers and placing them in the central square of the village. The Plaza de España is transformed into a spectacular flower scene for one night.
The colours in the village are absolutely everywhere!
You can enjoy several beautiful views of the sea.
And, in Moclinejo, the country woman is honoured
through a work of street art
and a wooden sculpture.
What to see next to Moclinejo?
A few kilometres from Moclinejo, there is the Axarquia Museum. It is a small wonder to see and visit. This museum, which houses works by local artists, was built by the man who is known as the Gaudi of Axarquia.
Here is the link to find out more about the Axarquia House Museum.
What to do in Moclinejo?
In the surroundings it is possible to find very nice activities:
- Horseback riding on the beach in Andalucia
- 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 Moclinejo and the surrounding area.
La Ruta de la Pasa
Cipriano organises the visit of the Ruta de la Pasa 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 can find details in the following link:
See and book : The Raisin Route Tour.
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 throughout the year (olive oil route, wine route, white villages route,…) :
Here you can find all the guided tours in Axarquia from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.
Below you will find links to the main fiestas and fairs in Moclinejo:
- Fiesta de los Viñeros, 1st Sunday in September
- Semana Santa, late March and early April
- San Marcos, 25th April
- Feria del Ganado, early May
- Verdiales Festival of the village, in July
- Semanas Culturales de Moclinejo y El Valdés, late May and early June
- San Juan, 24th June
- Feria de Moclinejo y de El Valdés, late July and early August
- Moclinejo Fair, late August
- Encuentro de Pastorales de Navidad, end of the first week of December
There is also a Verdiales festival in July in Moclinejo which offers a great day of local folklore. There is a wall in the village that pays tribute to them:
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Please indicate the dates you wish to stay in Moclinejo to check availability in the village.
Some useful links (car hire, ideas for visits)
Easy and economical bookings
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