Riogordo best things to see and do

Upper Axarquia

Riogordo vista pueblo campo en Axarquia

Riogordo, a white village in Alta Axarquia

In this article you will find the essential information to visit Riogordo :

  • A few words about Riogordo
  • The origins of Riogordo
  • What to see in Riogordo?
  • What to do in Riogordo?
    • activities
    • guided tours
    • ferias and fiestas
  • Where is Riogordo?
  • Booking accommodation
  • Some useful links
  • Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga

Riogordo macetas fachada

A few words about Riogordo

Riogordo is located in Axarquia in the province of Málaga.

An historical anecdote

This village fought fiercely against the invasion of the Napoleonic army during the war of independence. The leader of this rebellion, according to some accounts, showed extraordinary courage, it was the… parish priest of Riogordo!

The origins of Riogordo

Riogordo takes its name from a river (rio gordo).

It is a village with incredibly beautiful surroundings, with olive groves and the famous Tajo de Gomer.

Tajo Gomer en riogordo en Axarquia
View of the Tajo de Gomer from the village

What to see in Riogordo?

The etnographic museum

riogordo museo fachada
fachada del museo

This ethnographic museum in Riogordo is a small treasure trove for discovering all the tools used in the fields and in the home in the last century to make and preserve wine, olive oil and bread.

riogordo museo tinajas
una tinaja

Link to the museum timetable.

You should take the opportunity to see the magnificent courtyard of the museum and some beautiful buildings

riogordo museo 8

Walking around Riogordo

Riogordo museo 3

It is very pleasant to walk around Riogordo. And from time to time you may even come across a shepherd with his goats in the village or along the river:

Riogordo cabras pastor
un pastor con sus cabras

The traditional facades and windows of the surrounding villages can be seen.

Riogordo ventana

In Riogordo there are also still some craftsmen of the esparto:

Riogordo artesania
artesania local

Buy AOVE olive oil in Riogordo

Riogordo, is an agricultural village that produces a very good olive oil of the verdial variety. For me it is one of the best in the region. If you pass through the village, don’t hesitate to stop at the Agro-Olivavera cooperative, to buy a bottle of “Borbollon”.

Riogordo olivos
Olive grove in Riogordo

This is an AOVE (Aceite de Oliva Virgen Extra), sold in 500ml bottles that cost about 5 euros.

Finally, for cycling enthusiasts, Riogordo is on the Santiago de Compostela cycling route:

What to see around Riogordo?

Right next door is the village of Colmenar, nicknamed the pantry of Málaga! It is worth a visit, especially for its cuisine and the honey museum.

Colmenar vista parcial en Andalucia en Axarquia
Colmenar vista parcial

What to do in Riogordo


via ferrata en Andalousie à Zafarraya
Via Ferrata

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
  • hiking in Nerja with a guide
  • via ferrata (Caminito del Rey,…)
  • hiking (rio Chillar, El Saltillo with the hanging bridge,…)
  • canyoning (in the rio Verde,…)
  • astrotourism in Andalucia
  • snorkeling
  • visit of caves

Use the following link to access all the activities to do. 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 the villages of Axarquia. These tours leave from Nerja, Torrox and Torre del Mar.

local guide andalucia

For example, Cipriano organises the Mudejar White Villages Route. This one-day tour takes in several authentic white villages in the area, and reveals the heritage of the Almohads and Mudejars. Beautiful.

archez alminar mudejar
Old minaret on the route of the Mudejar villages

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.

The themes of the tours are: The Wine Route, the Raisin route, Frigiliana and El Acebuchal Tour….

Here are all the guided tours from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.

Ferias and fiestas

riogordo Molienda 5
Molienda de las aceitunas

La Molienda (olive oil fair), in February :


During the Feria de la Molienda, which takes place at the end of February, the cooperative opens its doors and you can follow the whole process of the olives until they are bottled.

riogordo Molienda 6

The passion of Christ

The village is known for “El Paso” in April.

One of the most recognised religious festivals in Spain, it takes place on Good Friday and Saturday. It recounts the passion of Christ through his life, death and resurrection. This festival has been recognised as a festival of national tourist interest for over 20 years.

There are several ferias and fiestas in the village that are also worth visiting


  • FERI Festival, one week before Semana Santa
  • Feria de Mayo, May 27-29
  • Riogordo Fair, from August 15 to 18
  • Fiesta del Candil, September 7

Where is Riogordo?

Booking accommodation

Enter the desired dates to check availability directly.

Some useful links (car hire, 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

If you are in the area for a few days, here is a selection of great activities:

Find more ideas for visits to authentic Andalucia: see the blog pages on Andalucia.

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