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

Found: 4 Properties

    775627 AD115 view shortlist (0)
    Country Home : Almáchar

    255,000 €

    Charming one-level country home surrounded by olive, almond, and fig trees and vines. Upon entering through a lovely covered terrace, one finds large open

    • Reference: AD115
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Built size: 125 m²
    • Plot size: 3869 m²
    768991 AD077 view shortlist (0)
    Country Home : Almáchar

    180,000 €

    Lovely country house classified as 'casa de apero' with beautiful mountain and tree views. Accessed via dirt truck. Perfect for farming.

    • Reference: AD077
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Built size: 171 m²
    • Plot size: 2500 m²
    651525 AS2796 view shortlist (0)
    Townhouse : Almáchar

    97,000 €

    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
    713981 AS3031 view shortlist (0)
    Village/town house : Almáchar

    87,500 €

    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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