Size: 25,70 Km?
Population: 1,071
Residents known as: Borge?os
Monuments: Church of Nuestra Se?ora del Rosario, Rinconcillo Barrio.
Geographical situation: Between the Mountains of Malaga and the Axarqu?a, 24 kilometres from V?lez M?laga and 28 from Malaga.
Tourist information: Town Hall, Plaza Constituci?n, 1. 29718 M?laga.
Phone: 952 512 033

The municipality of El Borge, popularly known as the Raisin Capital, is roughly equidistant from Malaga (28 kilometres) and V?lez-M?laga (24 kilometres).
The village itself is 237 metres above sea level, lying in the valley of the River Borge, between two mountains, and climbing up the sides of a hill known as Egido, not far from the Santo Pitar peak, which measures 1,019 metres.
El Borge has the typical appearance of Axarqu?a villages: one or two-storey houses made of plaster, brick and slate slabs, with sloping roofs covered with Moorish tiles. The walls of the houses are whitewashed, with splashes of colour provided by geraniums on window sills and balconies. It is worthwhile taking a wander round the narrow winding streets - they are cool, too, a heritage from the days of the Moors. This legacy is especially marked around the El Rinconcillo quarter, the most picturesque part, where steps have been built on the steepest stretches.
The Arabic origin of the village is obvious from the original name, Al-Borg, but very little is actually known of the history of the municipality. What is known is that a community of Moors living under Christian rule resisted the occupation fiercely. When the inhabitants of the Axarqu?a organised an uprising El Borge was the centre of the rebellion against the re-conquerors. The rebels fled to the Alpujarras mountains, in the provinces of Granada and Almeria, with the help of supporters, and the Governor of V?lez-M?laga, ?lvaro de Zuazo, ordered a garrison to be sent to El Borge to quash the uprising. The title of the Raisin Capital was not given to El Borge for nothing since over 40 per cent of the land in the municipality is under production. Thus, the landscape is largely vineyards surrounded by holm oak trees, rockrose and broom.

Bar La Plaza. Plaza de la Constituci?n, 2. Specialising in tapas and home cooking.
Bar de Paco. C/Guillermo P?rez. Home cooking. Tel: 952 512 168.
Bar "El Canijo". (Open evenings and nights only). Varied tapas and sea foods.



The main festivity in El Borge is held on September 24th, celebrated as Raisin Day. Thousand of visitors flock to the village to drink the wines and eat the grapes. Other local specialities include two types of gazpacho, one made with broad beans and one with cucumber. The feast of the patron saint of the village, St. Gabriel, is celebrated on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with the procession to the Camposanto. The celebrations begin after mass, when the church bells ring out. Another popular festival here is the Sanmarqueo, unique to this place, which takes place on April 25th. The romer?a in honour of San Isidro is on May 15th, when the saint?s image is carried in procession through the streets. And finally there is the San Juan festival at the end of June, with the Noche de las Candelas, the Night of the Candles.

The gastronomy of El Borge can be enjoyed at any time of the year, although it is best to go there on a gastronomic trip during the D?a de la Pasa, Raisin Day, when visitors can taste the different varieties of grapes, the aguardiente or the gazpacho soup with beans or cucumber, a speciality of the area.

HOW TO GET THERE
Access to El Borge by road is not particularly difficult. The best way from the city of Malaga is along the Autov?a del Mediterr?neo, turning off on the Benagalb?n and Moclinejo road at Rinc?n de la Victoria. From V?lez-M?laga, take the the C-335 road in the Benamocarra direction. The town?s geographical position allows us to enjoy rural and beach tourism at the same time, since it is only fifteen minutes from the beaches of Torre del Mar and Rinc?n de la Victor?a.
 
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Villages of
The Axarquia