Verdial Olive in Axarquia

Axarquia's wonder

olive harvest in Arenas
olive harvest in Axarquia

Verdial olive oil : the liquid gold of Axarquia

Among the 1000 varieties of olives cultivated in the world (and 60 olive oil producing countries). There is a variety of olives grown only in Axarquia: the verdial

It is particularly suited to the local climate, and to the orography of Axarquia (olive groves are in mountainous areas, on particularly sloping land with dry stone walls (balates) to stabilize the soil. In this zone you will easily see these cultures in terrace which presents a singular landscape.

There are a few other varieties cultivated in Axarquia: hojiblanca, picual, nevadilla (Torrox)

Verdial olive oil and its characteristics:

  • It is harvested very late, between December and April
  • It stays green for a very long time (it takes its name “verdial” from this feature)
  • Its taste is fruity, almost sweet and without bitterness

Its organoleptic characteristics make it an ingredient of choice for preparing typical dishes such as ajoblanco and gazpachuelo.

The main villages with verdial olive groves

These are mainly Mondron (Periana) , Riogordo, los Romanes (La Vinuela), Alcaucín, Alfarnatejo and Colmenar. The most spectacular landscapes seem to me to be in Alfarnatejo .

In each village you can go directly to the cooperative to buy a bottle of olive oil. Personally, I have a small preference for the Borbollon from Riogordo and the one from Periana, in particular the unfiltered one.

Learning everything about olive oil production

The best place to discover the olive oil mills of yesteryear is the Riogordo Ethnographic Museum (there is an 18th century mill and a 19th century lever press). There is also the olive oil museum in Mondron (Periana) which is interesting.

The best time to witness the production of verdial olive oil live is the Molienda de Riogordo which takes place at the end of February each year. We learn everything about this culture until bottling.

All about olive trees and olive oil in Axarquia Costa del Sol

A passionate local guide offers, through a tour, to discover the olive groves, the culture, the traditions, the manufacture and the tasting of olive oils. 

During this day you will also visit the villages of Alfarnate and Alfarnatejo. 

These small group tours (2 to 8 people max) are organized from October to May only, departing from Nerja, Torrox and Torre del Mar.

Find in this link all details and the possibility of booking online :

Olive oil Tour

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