El Borge best things to see and do
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El Borge is an authentic white village in Axarquia
In this article you will find the essential information on things to see in El Borge :
- A few words about El Borge
- What to see in El Borge?
- An ancient and curious tradition in El Borge
- What to see around the village
- What to do in El Borge?
- ideas for guided tours
- ferias and fiestas
- Where is El Borge?
- Booking accommodation
- Some useful links
- Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga
A few words about El Borge
El Borge is part of the Ruta de la Pasa (Raisin Route), together with the villages of Comares, Cutar, and Moclinejo.
What to see in El Borge
El Borge is a very special white village.
The Rosario church
This is a beautiful church.
It is a bit different from the churches in the surrounding villages.
To the right of the church, you can enter the crypt.
In the centre of the village, after visiting the church and its crypt, I recommend a stop at the bar El Chumbao to have a drink and taste some tapitas.
The house of El Bizco
This is the house of one of the greatest Andalusian bandits: El Bizco de El Borge.
The house where he was born now houses a very good restaurant (La Posada). The Andalusian Banditry Museum was also housed in the bandit’s house until recently.
In 2023, the Andalusian Banditry Gallery was opened a little further on in the village. The museum has been expanded since the purchase of the collection of the Bandolero de Ronda museum in 2021.
A colonel of the Guardia Civil, José Osuna Pineda, said of El Bizco de El Borge: “un hombre valiente, que se jugaba la vida cara a cara” .
A fountain of Arabic origin
This Arabic fountain has been somewhat modified but has retained its original style.
Walking through the narrow streets of El Borge
A walk through the village brings you face to face with things that are sometimes surprising.
In one of the streets, you will find a large number of tools used in the fields in the 20th century, attached to the facades of the houses.
And you can also see many objects that were used in daily life at home, such as the coffee grinder. Coming from a big city, it is always surprising to see the respect of everyone not to touch these objects hanging on the facades of the houses.
In another street of El Borge:
The photo of the street below will bring back many memories! This street is right next to the house of the bandit El Bizco.
The portrait of Ibn Al-Baitar
Ibn Al-baitar was a great doctor and botanist during the period of Al-Andalus, who lived in El Borge.
It was this botanist who started the cultivation of oranges and lemons in the province of Malaga!
An ancient and curious tradition in El Borge
Among the singular traditions of the village (a tradition that has now been abandoned) was the Trabucazo.
It consisted of men declaring their love in a very special way. The man would come on a Sunday to the exit of the Nuestra Sra del Rosario church, with his rifle (el Trabuco) and wait for his beloved to pass in front of him to shoot the rifle at her feet…
The village is known as the capital of the Pasa (“Raisin”)
The cultivation of vines, and in particular Muscatel vine, is part of the life of the villagers.
The speciality of the village is sultanas. The grapes come from the Muscatel vine (Muscatel of Alexandria).
This vine is also used to make the famous Malaga wines.
All the cultivation of the vine has remained very traditional for centuries, everything is done by hand, accompanied by a mule. The vineyard is on the side of the mountain, no mechanised equipment can reach it. The grapes are then dried on “paseros” (to be seen!).
UN (FAO) has declared the vine growing method in El Borge an Agricultural Heritage of Humanity.
In 2018, the FAO (a UN body) recognised the cultivation of vines here as GIAHS.
What to see around the village
There are many villages around El Borge to discover, such as Almachar or Moclinejo. If you have to choose just one, then the ideal place to visit is Comares.
Comares, a village perched on top of a mountain, is known as the Balcony of Axarquia. It offers magnificent views and the village has remained totally authentic.
What to do in El Borge?
In the surrounding area, it is possible to find some great 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.
Guided tour idea
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 a visit to the Ruta de la Pasa (Raisin Route).
This excursion allows you to discover an incredible tradition, that of the cultivation of Malaga Raisin. An exceptional excursion, only possible 2 months a year.
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 white villages of Axarquia, the wine route, the olive oil route, Frigiliana ans El Acebuchal Tour….
Here are all the guided tours from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.
- Día de la Pasa, 3rd Sunday in September
- Carnival, end of February
- Verdiales Festival, in October
- Romería de San Marcos, April 25
- Fiestas de San Gabriel, late March and early April
- Romería de San Isidro, May 15
Where is El Borge?
Enter the desired dates to check availability.
Some useful links
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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