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El Borge

Equidistant from Málaga and Vélez is situated this small town of 1.063 inhabitants, popularly known as “The Capital of the raisin”. Its privileged enclave (in the Borge River Valley and lying at the foot of “El Cerro Egido”), allows us to enjoy both the excellence of rural tourism as well as the beautiful beaches of Torre del Mar and El Rincón de la Victoria, both only a fifteen minute drive away.

Its features are those typical of the towns of La Axarquía, with low- lying, brick, masonry houses built of sandstone and slate, with gabled roofs and Moorish tiles.

Etymologically, its name is derived from the Arabic Al- Borg. There is little information relating to the history of this town, except for the reports about the Moorish Community who fiercely resisted the harassment of the Christian troops.

Highly recommended to visit are the Parish Church of “Ntra. Sra. Del Rosario” which, even though hailing from the Sixteenth Century, is built on the foundations of an ancient mosque, and the district of “El Rinconcillo”, with winding sections of stairways strategically placed in order to counterbalance the unnerves of the terrain.

The main festive event which takes place in El Borge is “Día de la Pasa”, celebrated on the 24th of September and to which thousands of visitors turn up. The festivity of its Patron, San Gabriel Arcangel and “El sanmarqueo”, a genuinely borguena feast, which is celebrated on the 25th of April, are also very popular.

The most typical dishes of El Borge are the cold vegetable soup with broad beans and the one with cucumber, as well as the wines and brandy made with the local grapes.