Riogordo is a white village of the Axarquía, located in the Periana corridor, near Colmenar, in the depression that forms the river of the Cave between the Camarolos mountain range to the north and the Montes to the south. Its landscape in general of soft forms is populated by cereals and olive trees. One of the most beautiful natural places in the surroundings of Riogordo is the Tajo del Gómer, you can practice a hiking route that will take you to the Tagus bordering the river of the Cave.
El casco urbano se extiende sobre un terreno tan accidentado que en él se distinguen dos barrios: el barrio alto o «Cerrillo» y el barrio bajo o «La Plaza»; presentando la típica fisonomía de origen árabe con sus calles empinadas. Entre las fachadas populares podrá ver edificaciones solariegas de los siglos XVIII y XIX y, en pleno casco antiguo, resultan curiosas las hornacinas-capilla sobre los dinteles de las puertas, algunas datan del siglo XVI. Destacan los edificios religiosos como la Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. de Gracia (s. XVI) y la ermita de San Sebastián, que guarda en su interior interesantes obras de arte.
In terms of crafts, it is worth highlighting the work in wicker, esparto, albardonería and the forge. Gastronomically, Riogordo specializes in its particular dish of snails in broth, gazpacho, ajoblanco, paprika and peasant porra. Finally, its most interesting festive aspect lies in the representation of the Paso and staging of the Holy Week carried out by the residents of the town on Friday and Saturday Saints that gathers thousands of visitors each year.
Remains found in its term denote that it must have a remote origin. It takes its name from a river that runs to the west of the town, which was called the "aguas grandes" and is now known as la Cueva. Further down it receives the name of Benamargosa, and on the way to the sea after merging with the RÍO Vélez. The base of the Riogordo site seems to have been in the castle of Aute, which would later be an Arab fortress and which some researchers relate to the mythical fortress of Bobastro, where Omar ben Hafsun lived and took refuge, a muladí warrior who confronted the powerful Umayyads Cordoba. During the Muslim era, Riogordo was one of the territories that was most controlled by them. The current location dates from the time of the Catholic Monarchs and its origin was in a camp used by Christian monarchs in the conquest of Velez-Malaga. The first warden of whom we have news (year 1552) was Francisco Hernández.
The French invasion left its mark in Riogordo, where guerrillas were also formed to fight abroad, as in the different towns of Malaga. One of the most famous was the one led by the so-called priest of Riogordo. whose courage knew neither comparison nor borders.
Municipal of Popular Arts
- Address: C / Iglesia, 14 - 29180 Riogordo
- Phone: 952732620
- Theme: Ethnographic
- Hours: Friday, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10.00 - 14.00 h. and 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Municipal ethnographic museum of El Paso. It contains a wide sample of the typical utensils of the rural houses of the town to show the life and customs of our ancestors. One of its main attractions is the old oil mill on which it rises.
In addition we can contemplate in its two plants other elements of ancient and traditional invoice recovered through different donations that have been made to this museum.
Another element that adds interest to this exhibition space is its exhibition hall, located on the second floor, where temporary works by contemporary painters are displayed.
On the ground floor, in addition to the logical reception, a patio with entrance to the oil mill and the Paso rooms; wineries with jars from the 17th century; 19th century cellar; oil mills from the seventeenth to the nineteenth; winery to step on, room of wine of the raisin; lounge, kitchen and flour mill, all of the XIX; and a patio with a well and a fountain.
On the first floor, we will find, apart from the aforementioned exhibition hall, a chapel of El Paso de Riogordo, another flour mill and a nineteenth-century bedroom.