Romeria - pilgrimage - of San Isidro the labourer brings Almogia's working life to a halt around the 15th of May...Virtually every family decorates their horse cart or a carriage, or even a car.There is a competition for the best decorated vehicle.This general fiesta madness lasts about 3-4 days.The village dresses up in their folk costumes, grab a...more
Wow.An unbelievable place to find.The water spouts out from in between the stones and fills the rock basin.Beyond are two or three further pools with rocky beaches.There are fish of various sizes swimming in the pools, the water stays in even the hottest of the summers.Great and safe fun for the family with children!more
Just opened in July 2005, this place is new, fresh and enthusiastic.The owner used to run El Pasaje, the tapas bar.Again, too much light for my taste, I like the eateries to be dark and demure and duskily evocative. Hell, I'm over thirty, don't want everyone to see my creased wrinkles in the sharp light!Food is purely excellent, I definitelly...more
This a small very typical Spanish bar serving food.Most popular during the summer, when the locals and tourists alike sit outside in front of the town hall, on the small plant wrapped square and devour the tapas, drinks or the food.Unbeatable athmosphere. Tapas.10 ice creams, 2 coffees 6 Euros! Wow.more
This a very small bar-restaurant in Almogia, the only one with a decent design and decor.Any other place just relies on the owner's tacky taste in interior design.The owner of Casa Me?o actually employed an interior designer do do his place up.Well worth the effort.The place is colourful, and has a nice feel.The only draw back is that every one...more
Coco is a local eatery populated by the nimiad of resident builders, who stop here to have their breakfasts and eleven o clock snack time break. (Unless the wifes packed them a sandwich!)You can pretty much eat here every day, with the exception of Monday, when it's closed.Lunches are simple peasant affairs, very very cheap and very tasty too.Tapas...more
This is the main street's 'main' bar-venta-eatery.The lunches are dirt cheap, I think they cost around 5-6 Euros per person, this includes the three courses and a drink.The only drawback is that your main course will arive whilst you are begining to eat your starter, so eat up fast!But - I suppose that for this value you can really complain about...more
From the dusk to the dawn, for 5 consecutive nights around the 15th of August.
Come and join the locals in the summer fair madness when people don't work, don't sleep, and don't worry.
Various bands liven up the athmosphere, there is music, dancing, discotheques, bars, stalls and eateries, souvenirs and merry-go- rounds, there are people, horses, donkies mingling in a melee of the various music styles coming from various stalls.
Voting of the Flamenco Queen, Most handsome Grandmother and the Foreigner of the year happen on the last night of the fair.
The August fair in Almogia is held in the honour of Our Lady of Assumption and it is the principal celebration of the district.
Other fairs of Almogia are celebrated as follows -
- Los Moras - 2nd week of June
- Barranco del Sol - last week of June
- Arroyo Coche - first week of July
- Monterroso - last week of July
- Los Nunez - last week of August
Dress Code: If you fancy, you can buy a gypsy or flamenco costume and join the partying into the wee hours blending in with the dressed up locals.
Alternatively, wear what you want and enjoy yourself nevertheless.
August in Almogia is a sticky hot affair, so when getteing dressed - think heat, think summer and think mosquitos!
The buses to and from Almogia are fairly inflexible when it comes to reaching the place from the airport.You would need to take a bus from the airport to the bus station and from there find a time-convenient bus to Almogia.Although dirt cheap, the buses to Almogia are scarce and travel to Almogia only three times a day, which leaves you with...more
As you leave the airport of Malaga, at the roundabout the road will be signposted for Malaga and for Torremolinos. Take MALAGA road. It will take you over a bridge. After this bridge, you will join a highway. 3 km onto it, you will see a sign on your left, saying CAMBIO DE SENTIDO.Take this slip road, get on the inside lane and follow it around the...more
Unless you are a Green person who insists on not using the car, you will not want to rely on the bus transport. If you are a couple, single, family on a holiday, etc., renting a country house walking distance from the town nucleus, you are lucky enough not to need the car, unless you will want to visit the surrounding towns, villages, beaches or do...more
lots shops and bakers open till late at night, tobaconist at top of village for all fags and even some small gifts, many shops look like someones front room but just walk in and they will be pleased to see you.
The only trap in Almogia - El Trampa, is the Spanish man with this nickname.There are no souvenir shops in here.If you are after 'I went to Spain and thought of you' T shirts - you won't find them here.Neither will you encounter the restaurants with the 'picture' menu for idiots.In fact there are no menus what so ever.The waiter rattles away in his...more
Beware property salespeople who will promise you everything, take good legal advice and do NOT part with money to anyone unless through an abagdo (solicitor), many live to tell the sad tales of being ripped off. There is a saying that visitors "leave their brains at the airport" do not become one of them. Ensure that you have a good solicitor, by...more
Sturdy walking shoes are a must if you want to walk to and from the village, it is practically built on a vertical hill.
Think of boots again, if you want to horseride, as I have seen tourists riding in flip-flops, not the best gear to ride in!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent is a must.
The midges are teeny and make no noise, but give nasty bites.
The highlight of the year, very impressive parades that take place late at night on the thursday and friday before easter, crowds arrive from Malaga early and parking can be a problem. Also fair with good live bands in middle of August, area also known for its Verdiales music.
If you are planning to visit Spain, particularly Andalucia, don't overlook this jewel in the mountains of Malaga.
It's location is perfect, just half an hour from all the bustle and traffic and rush and hectic madness of the Costa del Sol, yet it is so slow paced and pleasantly forgotten in its own way of local life.
Forget the tourist hordes and *rip-me-off* souvenir shops.
This is real Spain. By visiting and living the slow paced reality, you will return to wherever you have come from, refreshed and revitalised.