Welcome to Almáchar! This charming village in the province of Málaga awaits you with open arms to offer an authentic and enchanting experience on the Costa del Sol. If you want to know why Almáchar is your ideal destination, keep reading this post.

History of Almáchar

The first settlements in Almáchar date back to the Arab period. They established a village by the river, which gradually expanded along the mountainside. From this period, the narrow streets and low-rise houses still remain.

In addition, its name is of Arabic origin, “Al Maysar,” which means “Land of Meadows.” It was part of the four villages in the area, along with the villages of Moclinejo, Cútar, and El Borge, which were protected from attacks by the castle of Comares.

Defensive structure in the neighbouring village of Comares
Defensive structure in the neighbouring village of Comares |

In 1755, after the Christian reconquest, Almáchar experienced major seismic movements, which forced its inhabitants to move their homes to countryside farmhouses. Years later, the municipality was repopulated.

Since then, Almáchar has remained a popular producer of raisins and Moscatel grapes, which are economic drivers of the municipality. Immerse yourself in the history of Almáchar and let yourself be captivated by its charm.

What to See and Do in Almáchar

Stroll through the village

A good option to visit Almáchar is to park your car on the outskirts and walk to Plaza de la Constitución, in the heart of the village. There, you can enjoy the local life and relax at the terrace of Bar Ventanales while savoring a local sweet wine accompanied by a tapa.

Also nearby is the popular Calle de la Cabra, where the first settlements in the village were established by the river. Explore the white streets adorned with flowers and enjoy the springtime atmosphere of this subtropical region.

Church of San Mateo

Gothic and Renaissance style church of San Mateo
Gothic and Renaissance style church of San Mateo |

The Church of San Mateo is a beautiful construction from the 16th century. It maintains its characteristic Gothic-Renaissance style, and inside, the main altar houses the image of Christ of Mercy.

  • Address: Plaza España, 1, 29718 Almáchar, Málaga
  • Price: Free admission
  • Phone: 952 51 20 02

Museum of Raisins

If you visit this village, don’t miss the Museum of Raisins. This museum exhibits a collection of utensils and tools used in the production of raisins. The exhibition is housed in an old early-century house that recreates the way of life of that time.

Sultana Museum, you will see utensils and harvesting tools
Sultana Museum, you will see utensils and harvesting tools |

  • Address: Cale Martires 14, 42 29718 Almáchar, Málaga
  • Opening hours: Saturdays 11:00-14:00, 16:00-18:00. Sundays 11:00-14:00
  • Price: Free admission
  • Phone: 952 51 20 02

To visit the Museum of Raisins, you must arrange the visit in advance at the Town Hall by calling the phone number.

Fabio Coullet Winery

If you’re a wine lover, you have the opportunity to visit the Fabio Coullet Winery. This winery is an important producer of Moscatel wine, making use of the quality and excellence of its vineyards.

During the visit, you can learn about the wine production, taste their wines, and visit the vineyards. You also have the option to purchase wines at the shop. It’s truly a unique experience that you shouldn’t miss.

  • Address: Paseo de la Axarquia, 19, 29718 Almáchar, Málaga
  • Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday 9:00-14:00
  • Price: Starting from 15€ per person
  • Phone: 650 20 26 75

Nature and Hiking

For nature lovers, Almáchar offers a privileged environment. In terms of hiking trails, the municipality has well-marked and prepared paths for exploring different routes.

The Cerro Patarra Route is one of the most popular, as it is not very challenging. It starts in the municipality itself and, after almost 7 kilometers of a circular route, you can enjoy marvelous views of the mountains.

One of the most visited routes, Ruta Cerro Patarra
One of the most visited routes, Ruta Cerro Patarra |

The destination of this trail is to reach Cerro Patarra, on top of a hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views, breathe fresh air, and connect with nature in its purest state.

Another longer option is to take the Vallejo Route, which covers a distance of 14 kilometers and is also circular. The trail starts at the Río Bridge and ends back at the starting point. During the route, you can contemplate beautiful panoramic views of the landscape.

Ruta Vallejo, for the more adventurous: the Vallejo Route
Ruta Vallejo, for the more adventurous: the Vallejo Route |

Popular Festivals and Gastronomy

One of the most popular events is the Ajoblanco Festival, celebrated on the first Saturday of September. Each year, the inhabitants gather in the streets of the village to participate in activities centered around this tasty cold soup.

If you visit Almáchar during this time, you will have the opportunity to taste the traditional ajoblanco in the streets and enjoy activities such as workshops, exhibitions, processions, or “pandas de verdiales” (traditional musical groups), among others.

The locals enjoy the Ajoblanco Festival in the streets
The locals enjoy the Ajoblanco Festival in the streets |

After a day full of joy and color, the Flamenco Night takes place, featuring performances by renowned flamenco singers and dancers. This is a great opportunity to discover the true essence of Almáchar.

Another important festivity in the village is Holy Week, where you can witness solemn processions and admire the religious images that parade through the streets in a solemn atmosphere.

Typical Easter processions in Almáchar
Typical Easter processions in Almáchar |

Every Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, it is customary for the locals to accompany their saints in processions through the streets of the municipality and dedicate traditional “saetas” (religious songs).

During these dates, it is very popular to enjoy sweets such as pestiños or empanadillas de polvo de batata.

Regarding gastronomy, Almáchar will delight you with its authentic culinary offerings. You cannot leave without trying the ajoblanco, the typical dish of Axarquía, perfect for refreshing yourself on hot days.

Sopa de Maimones, a traditional local dish
Sopa de Maimones, a traditional local dish |

Another notable dish is the coles Moreás and sopa de Maimones. Don’t forget to accompany your meals with a glass of Moscatel wine and enjoy the unique flavors of Almáchar.

How to Get to Almáchar

Getting there by public transport

If you plan to visit Almáchar from Málaga, you have several options by bus. From the center of Málaga, you can take the ALSA bus towards Vélez-Málaga and get off at the Peñablanca stop in Rincón de la Victoria.

Once there, board the bus heading to Almáchar operated by the Transportes de Área de Málaga company. The journey takes about an hour, and the total price of the trip is around 8 euros.

Getting there by car

You also have the option to reach Almáchar by car from Málaga Airport, which takes about 50 minutes depending on traffic. You’ll enjoy impressive views of the Axarquía coast.

To do this, take the MA-23 road and join the MA-20 towards Sevilla. This road becomes the A-7 (direction Motril), and take exit 256 towards Benagalbón. Then continue on the MA-3119, and after passing Moclinejo, you will reach your destination.

Another option is to hire a cheap car at Málaga Airport. This will give you the freedom to explore the area at your own pace and discover other nearby places of interest such as Iznate, Almayate, or Benamargosa.

Map of Almáchar

Below you will find a map with the main points of interest in Almáchar so you can plan your visit efficiently and not miss any of the wonders that this village has to offer.

Come and immerse yourself in the authentic Andalusian life in Almáchar! Its history, natural beauty, and gastronomy await you for a unique experience on the Costa del Sol and Málaga. Don’t miss it!

Relevant Information

Best time of year to visit: Between May and September.

Can’t miss: Attend some of its popular festivals and discover the traditions and excellent wine of the region.

Nearby places to eat: If you want to try delicious typical dishes of the area, you have to visit Bar López. Restaurante Redondo serves excellent wines, and Restaurante Mabi has a great dining room with marvelous panoramic views.

For more information about the village, you can consult the website of the Almáchar Town Hall:

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