Riogordo best things to see and do
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?
- guided tours
- ferias and fiestas
- Where is Riogordo?
- Booking accommodation
- Some useful links
- Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga
A few words about Riogordo
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.
What to see in Riogordo?
The etnographic museum
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.
Link to the museum timetable.
You should take the opportunity to see the magnificent courtyard of the museum and some beautiful buildings
Walking around Riogordo
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:
The traditional facades and windows of the surrounding villages can be seen.
In Riogordo there are also still some craftsmen of the esparto:
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”.
This is an AOVE (Aceite de Oliva Virgen Extra), sold in 500ml bottles that cost about 4 euros.
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.
What to do in Riogordo
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 (rio Chillar, 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. This link provides you with all the details of each activity.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
- Día del Caracol (Snail Festival), the last Sunday in May
- 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?
Enter the desired dates to check availability directly.
Some useful links to visit Andalucia
Here is a great car rental agency in Andalusia and more specifically at Malaga airport : book a rental car.
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 Andalucia, then you can visit Antequera, with the incredible natural site of El Torcal right next door.
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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