Riogordo is, as you would imagine, named after the river that flows through it, the Rio Gordo, which was, in turn, named due to the abundance of minerals found in its waters. However, the village was originally known as Aprisco de Majianza, becoming Puebla de Riogordo until the 16th century when, receiving full municipal status in 1552, it became simply Riogordo.

There are remains from both the Phoenician and Roman eras in the area, but like so many towns and villages in the Axarquia, it owes its heritage to the Arabic period when it prospered as an agricultural community. The village was reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1487 and placed under the control of Comares.

The village also played a part during the War of Independence, with the local priest, José Muñoz Sánchez, leading a band of guerillas and inflicting heavy casualties on the French invaders.

The village is actually divided into two separate sections, the upper ‘Cerillo’ and the lower ‘La Plaza’.


Area: 40 square kilometres
Altitude: 400 mtrs above sea level
Population: +/- 3,000
Distance from Nerja: 54 km
Driving Time: +/- 1 hour


Places of Interest

16th century Iglesia Parroquial de Nuestra Señora de Gracia

18th century Ermita de Jesús Nazareno

Remains of Aute castle

Museum of Popular Arts

Local Cuisine

Local specialities include: Caracoles (snails),Chacinas, Porra Campesina, Pimentón, Ajoblanco, Gazpacho (chilled tomato soup), Tortas de Aceite, Hornazo, Mantecados.

Local Festivals

Carnival (Feb)

Semana Santa

Feria de Ganado, Dia del Caracol (May 27th – 29th)

Romería Virgen de la Cabeza (June 14th)

Feria Virgen de Gracia (Aug 14th – 18th)

Feria del Candil (September 7th)

Useful Info

Town Hall
95 273 21 54

Where to Stay

Hotel Retamar
Ctra Partido Bujeo
Finca Retamar
29180 Riogordo
Tel: 952031225
Fax: 952031209

There are also numerous ‘Casa Rural’ in the area
Visit for details

Where to Eat

Bar Molina
calle Iglesia 5
29180 Riogordo
Tel: 630963216

Cortijo Veleta
Ctra Arco, km 21
29180 Riogordo
Tel: 952111260

Marisquería El Niño
Calle Real 1
29180 Riogordo
Tel: 952732116

Meson La Era
calle San Jacinto 11
29180 Riogordo
Tel: 952732320

calle Real 2
29180 Riogordo
Tel: 952732245

Finca Retamar
29180 Riogordo
Tel: 952031225
Fax: 952031209

Bar Los Cazadores
calle Pozo 1
29180 Riogordo

Restaurante Magiaza
Camino Magiaza 4
29180 Riogordo
Tel: 657256619

Bar Antoñin
Camino Magiaza 4
29180 Riogordo
Tel: 952732222

Bar La Chapa
Ctra de Benamargosa
29180 Riogordo
Tel: 952732464

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