Size: 162 Km?
Population: Approx. 4.300
Residents known as: Moriscos
Monuments: Hins-Xan-Biter castle, Church of La Asunci?n, Hermitage of the Sagrado Coraz?n, Chapel of Santo Cristo.
Geographical situation: In the heart of the Malaga Mountains, 25 kilometres from Malaga city at 363 metres above sea level.
Tourist information: Town Hall, Plaza de la Constituci?n, 1. 29150.
Phone: 952 430 025 Fax: 952 430 229

Almog?a, "The Pretty One", as the Moors called it, is situated in a strategic position to the west of the Malaga Mountains. The existence of the remains of old Roman roadways passing through the region points to an important geographical position since pre-historic times. We reach the area from Malaga by the old Antequera road, through hilly countryside where the highest peak is Santi Petri, at 797 metres above sea level. Most of this land is scrub, with olive trees in abundance, although there are indications of older oak forests that used to cover these mountains. It is especially spectacular in the Retamares Gorge, and there are splendid views from the Santi-Petri area. There are two theories about the origin of the name of the town, but all historians agree that it goes back a very long way. Diego V?zquez Otero relates it to the ancient tribes of the al-mex?es, while As?n Palacio claims that it meant "The Beautiful". In either case, it is clear that the town was an important urban centre in Moorish times. During the Omar ben Hafs?n revolt against the Cordoba Omeyas, the fortress of Sancti Petri (Hins-Xan-Biter) played a vital part in the defence of Bobastro. The town was surrendered to the Christian forces in May of 1487, when the Christian captain Mos?n Pedro Santiesteban was named mayor. Later the Moriscos of Almog?a took part in the rebellion of 1570, and being defeated, most of them were expelled from the region. This left the land depopulated, and it was subsequently occupied by Christians from Teba and Antequera, then part of the Kingdom of Seville. Alm?gia and its castle was invaded by French troops during the War of Independence, and was destroyed by them in the later flight from the area, as an act of vengeance.

Bar La Loma. Specialising in home cooking and fries. C/Arrabal de los Angeles, 5. Tel: 952 430 089. Closed on Sundays.
Bar El Coco. Specialising in fries and varied tapas. C/Arrabal de los Angeles, 5. Tel: 952 430 081.
Bar El Pasaje. Specialising in fish and se foods. C/Iglesia, 3. Tel: 952 430 454.
Bar La Plaza. Specialising in varied tapas and fried fish. Plaza de la Constituci?n, 3.
Restaurante Al-Mexia. C/Arrabal de los Angeles, s/n. Tel: 952 430 581.

Hostal La Loma. C/Arrabal de los Angeles, 5. Tel: 952 430 089.
Rural acommodation
Al-Mexia. C/Arrabal de los Angeles, s/n. Tel: 952 430 558.
Rural houses. C/Arrabal de los Angeles, s/n. Tel: 952 430 558

Almog?a retains its customs and traditions through its many festivals. They begin with the Romer?a de San Isidro, around May 15th, and the Cattle Fair that takes place a few days beforehand. The big festival is at the beginning of August, when the Trilla (Threshing) Competition takes place. In this, the people of the town remember the ancient methods of separating the grain from the straw, in what is referred to as the Art of the Trilla. There are three sections to the competition, involving singing and other arts connected with threshing. At almost the same time the Verdiales Festival takes place, one of the most important of its type in the province. In it, performers from the three different styles of this musical form participate. And finally there is the August Feria, in honour of Our Lady of the Assumption. There are also smaller festivals taking place right through the summer in the various barrios of the town. The most important of the purely religious festivals is Holy Week, when processions are the order of the day.

The most outstanding local dish in Alm?gia is the Chanfaina, made with kid and almond, but there are many other local delicacies in the area associated with the production of pork.

The verdiales is one of the most primitive fandango musical forms, performed now in only a few mountain areas. For this reason too it is one of the purest of the Andalusian musical traditions. In the Festival of the Verdiales there are three different styles: the Almog?a, the Montes and the Comares. The river Campanillas flows through the municipality, leaving the verdiales musical style in the area to the east of the river similar to that of the Montes, while on the west side of the river the style is Alm?gia. The Almog?a style is fast, with the violin leading, while in the Montes style the tambourine takes on more importance.
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