Almáchar

Almáchar is situated 35 kilometres from Málaga and 20 minutes from the sea. Almáchar derives from the Arabic “Al Maysar” meaning “The Meadows” and the village used to be known as Almáchar de la Cruz because of the cross that stood on a nearby hill. The symbol is still incorporated in the towns coat of arms. Almáchar formed part of the “Four Villages” during Moslem occupation along with Cútar, El Borge and Moclinejo who were all under the protection of Comares. Following the re-conquest in 1487 their dependence on this town continued.

Almáchar is the capital of the muscatel grape area and the natives are called Almachareños who speak with a distinctive guttural and jerky dialect, which as a foreigner is quite difficult to understand. The entrance to the village is marked with a new fountain surrounding an enormous silver bunch of grapes standing majestically in its centre, surrounded by flowers. This is also the entrance to the enormous car park. It is possible on normal days to drive up the hill and into the village where there are a few places to park before taking a stroll through the steep, winding streets but on special days like the first Saturday of September when the village celebrates the Día del Ajoblanco, its impossible to get anywhere near the centre of the village and this car park is filled with coaches from all over Andalucía as people come to sample the delights of this famous cold garlic and almond soup. Officially designated a Festival of Tourist Interest this day starts at about 12pm and although people can be found walking in all directions there are signs with arrows to show you the direction of all the many stands handing out this delicious, free soup, complete with a bunch of grapes, a nice but important touch as the soup itself is a little sickly if you have too much!

Villagers believe in a myth that somewhere, hidden in a cave underneath one of the fountains near the river, guarded by a spirit, is a horde of jewels and gold, left behind in 1497 by the retreating Moors. There are many interesting places to visit as you stroll through the narrow streets such as the Jardines de El Forte, the Barrio de las Cabras and the Plaza del Santo Cristo with the Museo de la Pasa (raisin museum open every day from 9 – 1 and 6 - 8) which shows the way of life over the past 500 years demonstrating how the whole family were involved in harvesting the grapes with the fittest hauling the grapes to the drying beds while the older women sit patiently snipping the stems from the dried fruit. Every September the hills are alive with the sound of this snipping!

The 16th century church of San Mateo combines Gothic, Renaisance and Mudejar architecture. It was built in three columned naves with peaked arches. The ceiling structure is different on the central and outside naves with the central one hiding its structure beneath a panelled arch with a vault in the shape of a cross.

Villagers are friendly and helpful and love to chat and help you to explore their town, pointing out places of interest and showing you property available for sale. Each person you speak to will have their own idea of the price and be warned that the millions they are talking about are pesetas not euros, a currency they have still not come to grips with!

Properties for sale in Almáchar, Spain

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    350901 AS1928 view shortlist (0)
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    Villa : Almáchar

    199,999 €

    Fabulous, fully furnished 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa with high wooden beamed ceilings throughout, beautifully tiled bathrooms, a solid wooden front door

    • Reference: AS1928
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Built size: 130 m²
    • Plot size: 10000 m²
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    701990 701990 view shortlist (0)
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    Townhouse : Almáchar

    195,000 €

    Large townhouse on a central location in the charming ´Almachar´ village. This house was very authentically rebuild in Morrocan ´Riad´ Style. A patio was

    • Reference: 701990
    • Bedrooms: 5
    • Built size: 200 m²
    • Plot size: 0 m²
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    722016 AS3041 view shortlist (0)
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    Village/town house : Almáchar

    175,000 €

    The Casa de Luz (the house of light) is a 200 year old Spanish village house, restored by a Danish architect and a local master builder. Built on three

    • Reference: AS3041
    • Bedrooms: 5
    • Built size: 200 m²
    • Plot size: 100 m²
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    651525 AS2796 view shortlist (0)
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    Townhouse : Almáchar

    135,000 €

    A fantastic opportunity to buy 2 townhouses which can be knocked through to make a 5 bedroom 3 bathroom property or be used as a rental to provide income

    • Reference: AS2796
    • Bedrooms: 5
    • Built size: 180 m²
    • Plot size: 245 m²
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    639715 AS2759 view shortlist (0)
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    Village/town house : Almáchar

    115,000 €

    Absolutely charming, completely reformed, one bedroom village house with the advantage of a front terrace and back courtyard. This lovely property comprises

    • Reference: AS2759
    • Bedrooms: 1
    • Built size: 55 m²
    • Plot size: 88 m²
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    713981 AS3031 view shortlist (0)
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    Village/town house : Almáchar

    107,500 €

    Bright and airy 3 bedroom village house situated on 2 floors with 2 entrances. The property has a large, tiled and gated front terrace with flower beds

    • Reference: AS3031
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Built size: 100 m²
    • Plot size: 100 m²
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    694378 AS2949 view shortlist (0)
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    Village/town house : Almáchar

    98,000 €

    Originally part of a larger house, this 3 bedroom property was renovated as an individual house that now comprises private front terrace with store room

    • Reference: AS2949
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Built size: 100 m²
    • Plot size: 0 m²
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    396133 AS1997 view shortlist (0)
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    Village/town house : Almáchar

    84,000 €

    Newly converted 3 bedroom village house situated in the centre of the very popular village of Almachar with a sunny front terrace and parking just yards

    • Reference: AS1997
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Built size: 130 m²
    • Plot size: 136 m²
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    396134 AS1998 view shortlist (0)
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    Village/town house : Almáchar

    84,000 €

    House in need of finishing with garage, terrace and roof terrace. When finished it will comprise open plan lounge/kitchen/dining room with terrace and

    • Reference: AS1998
    • Bedrooms: 2
    • Built size: 50 m²
    • Plot size: 109 m²
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