Since 2004, on the the last Sunday in September every year, the village of Almogía has organised an festival that focuses on one of its the most important products, and one which is most used in Andalusian gastronomy - the almond. This year the event will take place on 24th, with an extensive programme of activities, including live music and food tastings.
Nowadays Almogía is one of the biggest almond producers in Malaga province. There are innumerable almond trees to be seen in the area around this village, which is situated between the Guadalhorce Valley and the Montes de Malaga.
Those who decide to go along on Sunday 24th can sample dishes made with almonds in local restaurants, which specialise in recipes from long ago as well as more modern versions. For example, the ‘ajoblanco’ soup, (and the thicker version, known as ‘porra blanca’), toasted almonds, ‘chanfaina’ and suckling kid in almond sauce.
However, apart from the chance to enjoy some traditional Andalusian dishes, Almogía’s ‘Day of the Almond’ is also a good time to have fun in other ways. One, for example, is the music. There will be folk songs, choirs, rumba and flamenco, as well as artisan markets selling products from the village and the nearby area. It goes without saying that there will be plenty of this year’s almonds on sale.
You can also explore this village in Malaga province which the Moors called Al Mexia. Translated into modern-day Spanish, it means ‘Lovely lady’.
The main tourist attractions will be open all day while the festival is taking place. Among the most interesting buildings are the church of La Asunción, the chapel of the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús and the Torre de la Vela, a watchtower dating back to Moorish times, which is perched on a hill to give a good view of the surrounding area.
There are also some lovely walks in the rugged mountainous countryside. The route up to the Monte Santi Petri, two stages of the Mozarabic Route through Malaga, or a walk by the Casasola reservoir are just a few of the most interesting options.