El Borge

El Borge (pronounced El Bor hay) strictly speaking should come under B but as there are no villages beginning with E in the Axarquia I thought El Borge could be the one.

The history of El Borge is dominated by the rebellious nature of its early inhabitants. The most infamous being El Bizco, the one eyed bandit of Borge, who´s house of birth is now a museum, hotel and restaurant, proving just how proud the village is of its sinful son! The Posada del Bandolero has on display in its dining room a collection of paintings and drawings donated by some leading local artists, illustrating the life of the bandit. El Bizco was born on September 2nd in 1837 and later became one of the most bloodthirsty and famous outlaws of Malaga. He died in Lucena on 21st May 1889 when he ran into the Guardia Civil who were formed to deal with the many bandoleros who ruled the mountain passes. El Bizco was not the first bandit to come a cropper against the Guardia on horseback and one such man was even granted a pardon and went on to serve in the Guardia himself, fighting others of his kind until the final bandolero was killed in 1934, 90 years after the Guardia was first formed.

At the entrance to the village is an archway containing the images of two other famous residents, Martín Vázquez Ciruela a seventeenth century theologian and Abdalallah ben Atimad, a botanist who supposedly introduced the lemon tree to the area from the middle east in 1200. A cobbled street leads down past the Fuente de la Vendimia where a bronze statue of a local man proudly bearing a basket on his head brimming with newly harvested grapes, reminds us of the towns economy which is based on the production of raisins. In fact in the middle of September thousands of people gather in the village from far afield for the Festival of the Raisin, where they receive samples of fresh grapes and wine with paella and migas and then merrily compete in a circular dance called danza de la rueda.

Viewing the village from afar the most predominant building is the gothic-renaissance parish church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario with its huge tower and belfry. The construction was commissioned by Queen Isabella in the fifteenth century on the foundations of the former mosque.

Not to be missed is the Ornithological and Botancial park of La Alcua, a lush and verdant oasis full of exotic plants, fountains and birds such as swans, peacocks, geese and pheasants.

If walking up and down the narrow winding streets has worked up an appetite there are several good bars and restaurants where you can rest and recuperate. In summer the 25 metre municipal swimming pool is a good place to cool off and if you don´t like the water you can just watch the action from the shade of the restaurant overlooking the gardens.

To get to El Borge you can leave the motorway at Torre del Benagalbon and drive up the winding road past Benagalbon, Moclinejo and Almáchar and then turn left after the bridge or from Vélez-Málaga you follow signs for Benamocarra, turn right after the petrol station and continue up the winding road to Almáchar and up again to El Borge.

Properties for sale in El Borge, Spain

Found: 4 Properties

    771024 AA061 view shortlist (0)
    Country Home : El Borge

    399,000 €

    Fabulous country finca with separate guest apartment with great mountain views close to El Borge. The main house comprises of large open plan kitchen/dining

    • Reference: AA061
    • Bedrooms: 4
    • Built size: 111 m²
    • Plot size: 8586 m²
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    Country Home : El Borge

    259,000 €

    Absolutely delightful 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms detached country home just 5 minutes drive to the village of Almáchar. Access is via a dirt track of approx

    • Reference: AD120
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Built size: 160 m²
    • Plot size: 8126 m²
    781991 AD143 view shortlist (0)
    Country Home : El Borge

    140,000 €

    Cozy country home near the village of El Borge. This 2 bedroom house is partly reformed and needs to be finished off. This gives lots of space for one's

    • Reference: AD143
    • Bedrooms: 2
    • Built size: 110 m²
    • Plot size: 5456 m²
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    Townhouse : El Borge

    115,000 €

    Large 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house situated in the centre of the village available. This fabulous family home comprises large open plan living room, dining

    • Reference: AD042
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Built size: 215 m²
    • Plot size: 113 m²
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