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El Borge

Diputación de Málaga
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    This is a building from the 16th century, which was founded on 25 May 1505 by the Archbishop of Seville D. Diego de Deza and built by the Catholic Kings on the site of the ancient mosque. Its...


    Arabic fountain which has been restored recently and which is situated in the street of the same name. Currently, the fountain has of a small box, built with masonry and rows of bricks and covered...


    This village has recuperated its historic memory and, in this case, the specific historic data about the banditry in the region. An interesting museum, which is today is also open as a hotel, has...

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    The Arabic origin of this village is obvious from an ethnological study of its name; Al Borg, although little is known as to the history of the municipality. What is known is written certain...


    Its name comes from the Arabic “al-burch” meaning tower or bastion. Name of its inhabitants: Borgenos. Famous Personalities: Martîn Vázquez Ciruela, one of the most illustrious...

Surrounded by vineyards and traditional workers" cottages, El Borge is undeniably the raisin capital. Situated in the bordering territory between the Axarquía region and Montes de Málaga, this municipality offers a rural landscape that has survived the test of time.

In this village with Arab origins, the white houses strike a contrast with the colourful flowers decorating the windows and balconies. El Borge is also an excellent place to discover the histories and legends of the Spanish bandits.




Towering over the entrance to the village is the Arco de la Pasa, an arch that pays homage to the most typical product from El Borge (the raisin grape). This monument includes two walls dedicated to the celebrated theologian Martín Vázquez Ciruela and the Arab doctor and botanist Ibn-Baitar.

One of the 19th century"s most famous outlaws, El Bizco de El Borge (the cross-eyed man from El Borge), was born in this Axarquía village. His house has been turned into a hotel-museum. As well as exhibiting a curious collection of objects related to Andalusian banditry, the Posada del Bandolero has a restaurant where you can try typical dishes from the region.

Barrio del Rinconcillo is another must-see for the peculiarity of its streetscape. This is the best place to observe how everyday architecture has adopted effective solutions to work around the irregular mountainous terrain in El Borge. From the steep streets (some so steep that there are stairs to climb them) the white-washed houses emerge, adorned with different varieties of geraniums.

El Borge has one of the most original religious buildings in Axarquía: the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. Build in the 16th century, it is a combination of late Gothic and Renaissance styles with Mudejar and Baroque elements. This church, declared an Andalusian historic heritage monument, is outstanding for its 18th century alcoves, wooden framework and tower with a glazed ceramic roof.

Strolling around the village, you"ll come across the Fuente del Cuerno, a fountain with Arab origins, and Fuente de la Vendimia, whose water comes from the Fuensanta natural spring. The latter, situated in the surrounds of a typical winery, is adorned with a sculpture of a grape picker.

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Links of interest

Escudo de El Borge
Town Hall
Plaza de la Constitución, 1, 29718 
Geographic Data
Surface 24 km2
Altitude 237 m
Latitude 36º 49'
Length -4º 14'
Distance to Málaga City 36,8 km
City 930
Men 483
Women 447
Nationality Borgeños