7 Interesting Things To See in Almáchar, Málaga
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Driving along the Ruta de la Pasa in the Axarquía is an absolute must if you want to visit some unique white villages in the Province of Málaga. On the way to the popular village of El Borge, you'll first come across Almáchar, which is sometimes overlooked by tourists but is equally worth visiting. While there aren't too many things to see in Almáchar, this traditional Spanish village is beautiful to walk around, and if you happen to visit in September you can take part in their Fiesta del Ajoblanco which celebrates the local cuisine.
Almáchar's history dates back to the Moorish period, and it gets its name from the Arabic word meaning meadow. This small village is considered to be the capital of the muscatel raisin, and they are so proud of their traditional way of producing these raisins that they also boast a museum dedicated to the dried grape itself. If you're planning on driving your car to Almáchar, you'll find plenty of free parking spaces on the hill leading up to the village. If there are no spots available, there is a massive parking lot at the base of the hill, just next to the giant grape statue. Here are the top things to see in Almáchar if you plan on stopping by:
1. Fiesta del Ajoblanco
Every year, on the first Saturday of September, Almáchar hosts its popular Fiesta del Ajoblanco. This festival celebrates local food, and concentrates predominantly on a traditional Arabic cold soup which is made from garlic and almonds. As well as the soup, thousands of litres of drinks are handed out, and guests can sample their famous muscatel grapes as well. The festival is one of the most important things to see in Almáchar, and definitely makes for a very unique experience along the Ruta de la Pasa.
2. The architecture
Despite there not being too many things to see in Almáchar in terms of attractions, one thing that you should do as you walk around this beautiful white village in Málaga is to admire the architecture and Arab-style layout of its streets. If you're planning on eating in Almáchar, at the beginning of the village there is a small roundabout where you can find a few cafes and restaurants, which seemed to be popular with the locals. Don't worry - this may be the main place to get raisins in Málaga, but there are plenty of other things on the menu too!
3. The various viewpoints
As you make your way further into the village, you'll come across a number of unexpected viewpoints along the way, which provide lovely views of the whitewashed houses. Most of these viewpoints are situated at the top of steps leading down to the lower part of the village, so you'll have to be alert or you might miss them! If the weather is nice, it makes for a great day trip from Málaga because you can take your time and really get a feel for the village, and its locals, without having to rush around trying to see major points of interest.
4. Parroquia de San Mateo
Parroquia de San Mateo is one of the very few things to see in Almáchar in terms of attractions. It's located in the heart of the village in Plaza España, and you'll pass it on your way to the raisin museum. The church was built in the 16th century and is topped with its iconic bell tower. It's yet another church in the Axarquía region that was built on top of a former mosque. Unfortunately the doors were closed when I visited Almáchar, but if you're lucky enough to visit when they're open I would suggest popping in for a quick look.
5. Almáchar's fountains
Throughout Almáchar are a number of plaques depicting various scenes from the village's history, as well as some myths too. Just in front of Parroquia de San Mateo is this beautiful water fountain which is worth looking at more closely to see its intricate details. Legend has it that below the fountain is a tunnel leading to the hidden treasure of the Moors who were forced to flee Almáchar when the Christians arrived in the 15th century.
6. Museo de la Pasa
The other main thing to see in Almáchar is the Museo de la Pasa. The museum is located just a short walk from the main plaza, and although the streets are a bit challenging to navigate, there are plenty of ceramic signposts on the walls pointing you in the right direction. This museum is entirely dedicated to raisins and shows how they have been an important aspect in the way of life in Almáchar for over five hundred years. Like many white villages in the Axarquía region of Málaga, raisins are an important product so it would be well worth your time to learn more about how they are produced and distributed in the area.
7. Plaza del Santo Cristo
Museo de la Pasa sits within Plaza del Santo Cristo, which is very small for a plaza but the houses surrounding it are beautifully decorated with all sorts of plants and flowers, making it the perfect place to get some photos. We had the plaza all to ourselves when we visited, apart from a few locals who had come out to see what the tourists were up to!
Almáchar is a charming white village in Málaga to visit, and is worth stopping at for a couple of hours if you happen to be driving in this part of the Axarquía region. With its proximity to other nearby white villages like El Borge, Moclinejo, and Benamargosa, it's very easy to add Almáchar to your itinerary. It may not be the largest white village in Andalucía or Spain, and there aren't too many things to see in Almáchar either, but if you're looking to visit a more traditional side of southern Spain, it's a great place to start!
Have you visited any white villages in this region of Málaga before? If you have any tips on other unique places in Málaga I should visit, or have any questions about Almáchar and visiting this beautiful Andalucían white village, please get in touch either in the comment section below or via email! And don't forget to follow my travels on Instagram too!
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