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El Borge is a white village in Costa del Sol Axarquia


El Borge is a very unique white village. Discovering this village is a journey in itself through its famous people, its history and its traditions.

The name comes from Arabic, Al-Borg (the tower) or Al-Burch (the bastion).


People known in the village


Ibn Albaitar, a physician and botanist during the Al-Andalus period,

he initiated the cultivation of oranges and lemons in the Province of Malaga.

El Bizco de El Borge, one of the greatest Andalusian bandits.

His home is now a very good restaurant (La Posada) and the Andalusian Banditry Museum . A colonel of the Guardia Civil, José Osuna Pineda, will say of him: “un hombre valiente, que se jugaba la vida cara a cara “.


This village is also the capital of raisins (Pasa)


which is a wonder to taste. The raisins come from the Moscatel vine (Muscat of Alexandria) , brought from Egypt by the Phoenicians). This vine is also used to produce the famous wines of Malaga. All the cultivation of the vine has remained very traditional for centuries, everything is done by hand, accompanied by a mule (the cultivation of the vine is on the mountainside, no mechanized machine can access it). The grapes are then dried on “paseros” (to see!) .


Every year in September there is a famous feria to celebrate the cultivation of grapes: Dia de la Pasa .


The UN (FAO) declared Globally Important Agricultural Heritage system the method of growing vines in the village


The FAO (UN body) recognized in 2018 the cultivation of the vine here as GIAHS (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage system) . The culture of the vine in El Borge is recognized with only a few dozen others in the world as GIAHS because it is a sustainable agriculture with the preservation of cultures and traditions and with a strong social impact …. you should know that the bunches are dried on the paseros (see pic below), and then it’s a family and village affair: the grapes are cut one by one (we say: “ picar la pasa ”) and are then ready to be tasted.


An ancient custom to “declare your love” in El Borge


Among the singular traditions of the village (tradition abandoned today), there was the Trabucazo. It consisted for men to declare their love in a very particular way. The man came out of the Nuestra Sra del Rosario church on a Sunday, with his rifle ( el Trabuco ) and waited for his beloved to pass in front of him to shoot the rifle next to his feet …


Visiting El Borge


In the center of the village, after visiting the church and its crypt, I recommend a stop at the El Chumbao bar to have a drink and taste some tapitas.

The ideal is to visit the village in September, to discover all the surroundings of the village with the paseros filled with grapes which dry in the sun. It is also the opportunity, in mid-September , to participate in a popular festival that celebrates the tradition and culture of raisins, El dia de la Pasa .


El Borge and the “Ruta de la Pasa” (Raisin Tour)


The village is naturally part of the Ruta de la Pasa, with the villages of Comares , Cutar, and Moclinejo .

Here, a link if you are in Nerja or Torrox or Torre del Mar and want to discover it with a great local guide (only during the harvest between august and october):


Booking and details of the Ruta de la Pasa Tour


What to do in El Borge ?


Festivals



Activities


In this link: find the 50 activities and experiences around El Borge



Link : prepare your trip to authentic Andalucia


Where to sleep in El Borge ?

Holiday homes, villas, guest houses


 

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