Almogía, a relaxing walk through its streets full of flowers and its views over the mountains of Malaga that should be compulsory therapy for anyone.
Where is Almogía located
Almogía is located in the interior of the province Málaga, 25km from Málaga capital with a population of 3.770 inhabitants. The town is situated in the Guadalhorce Valley close to the Montes de Málaga.
The origin of the name Almogía
Possibly it origins from Andalusian Arabic and Hispanic romance word Al-Mexia, there is no exactness of the origin of the name, but there are two theories:
- Derivation of the name of a Berber tribe named “Al-Mexi”.
- A linguistic translation of the term “The beautiful”.
Denonym of the people of Almogía
The inhabitants are called “almogiense“.
Where to park in Almogía
Once close and entering the village we observe that there are not many parking lots, before we entered the village we saw some parking slots, but we got inside the town with the car through the narrow and sloping streets. We found a parking place on a hill, although I highly recommend parking on the outskirts of the village.
History of Almogía
Curiosities about Almogía
Almogía village is one of the most important when it comes to Verdiales folklore.
Monuments and places of interest in Almogía
- Castle of Almogía <Torre de la Vela>: Remains and ruins of the Arab castle that served from 1410 to 1487 as a border fortress. Only the Torre de Vela remains, the only one of seven towers that formed the castle.
- Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción: Located on Calle Iglesia, built on an old mosque in the 16th century (1552) by the architect Diego de Vergara. The church was rebuilt in 1891 after an earthquake.
- Hermitage of Sagrado Corazón de Jesús: From the 17th century it was part of the old asylum convent of the Sacred Heart.
- Hermitage of the Tres Cruces: It is a small hermitage from the 17th-18th century, restored some years ago, where the Verdiales festival of the first of May is celebrated. It is located in the limits of the municipalities of Almogía, Cártama and Álora, also near Pizarra it is here where the processions of the four towns are located in the “Cruces de Mayo” where several pandas of verdiales are celebrated. Inside each town has a small altar.
- Lavadero La Nora: Built in the 19th century and used until 1990, it consists of about thirty earthenware basins with wash stones located around a pound.
- Chapel of Santo Cristo: Built in the 17th century.
- Capilla de Santa Ana: Located in calle San Antonio.
- Fountain of Hortezuela: Fountain built in the 19th century.
Festivities in Almogía
- Semana Santa
- Festival de los Verdiales: Beginning of August
- Feria de Agosto: In honor of San Roque y San Sebastián
- Mayo: Romería de San Isidro Labrador
- Día de la almendra: Day of the Almond, every last Sunday of September there is a festive dedicated to the great almond tradition in Andalusia (Spain is the third largest producer in the world). This local festival in the Almogía village, celebrates and shows the great tradition of growing this dried fruit, the local bars and restaurants serve enriched dishes such as chicken, meatballs or snails in almond sauce. The festivities are also held at the main square with tastings of local dishes and decorated with market stalls that offer local and traditional products. The festivities are accompanied by verdial chant folk music of the local choir.