Almogia

Strategically placed, west of “Los Montes de Málaga”, is Almogía. Its landscape is dominated by long, round- shaped ridges, which have their highest point in the Peak of Santi Petri (797 metres).

Concerning the origin of its name, some state that it is related to the tribe of the Al- mexies, whilst other theories state that its meaning is “The Beautiful One” (“La Hermosa”). In any case, the town was an important enclave during the Arabic occupation. The Moors that remained in these lands after the Christian “reconquista” were expelled after the rebellion of 1.570, subsequently repopulating it with the Christians from Teba and Antequera. During the War of Independence, Almogía was invaded by French troops, being destroyed in the process.

Amongst its most famous monuments, one must highlight the castle which was one of the bastions during the era of Califato; the Church of Ntra. Sra. De la Asunción, built in 1522; and the Shrine of El Sagrado Corazón; which hails from the Eighteenth Century.

Apart from the Romeria of San Isidro and the Cattle Fair, which is in May, the principal festive dates take place in August: the threshing competition, the “Festival of Verdiales” and the August Fair, in honour of Ntra. Sra. De la Asunción, are celebrations which are very popularly followed.

One of the most outstanding dishes in Almogía cuisine is the cheap stew, made from goat and seasoned with almonds. Also popular are the products derived from the pig- slaughtering season and its derivates.