Almáchar, a white village in the Axarquía baptized as the capital of the muscat grape and where the traditional cold soup from Malaga originated: el ajoblanco.
Where is Almáchar located
Almáchar is located 36km from Malaga capital with a population of 1.811 inhabitants. The municipal term has a dimension of almost 73,1km square.
The origin of the name Almáchar
The name of the town comes from the Arabic “Al Maysar”, which means «Land of the meadows».
Denonym of the peope of Almáchar
The inhabitants are called “Almachareño or Almachareña”.
Curiosities of Almáchar
- Ajoblanco, the typical cold soup from Malaga originates from this village.
- The village is nicknamed “The capital of the Muscat grape”, this delicious grape is the base of the sweet Malaga wine.
Monuments and places of interest en Almáchar
- Church of San Mateo: The main temple of the village located in the Plaza de España was built in 1505. The church was built in a late-Gothic architectural style with Renaissance elements. Composed of three naves separated by columns, the lateral naves were built later in the 19th century. The lateral naves house the images of La Dolorosa and the Christ of the Heart of Jesus, and the main nave headed by the central altarpiece is the Christ of the Green Band: The Christ protector of the Almáchareños. The square bell tower is built in the Mudejar style.
- Museum of Raisin: Located in the Plaza del Santo Cristo in a traditional Andalusian house. The museum’s collection contains traditional items and objects that were used in vineyard work and pruning during the early 20th century.
Gastronomy of Almáchar
Ajoblanco: a cold soup considered as a variant of Andalusian gazpacho. The dish is made up of bread, garlic, ground almonds, oil, salt and water. Generally accompanied with muscat grapes or pieces of melon.