Guide to Living in Riogordo, Malaga

Riogordo is a pretty village along a river set in the olive groves and citrus farms of the Axarquia, east of Malaga.
Situated on the Route of Olive Oil and Mountains, it is inland from Torre del Mar. Malaga is also within easy reach.

Community

Riogordo’s economy is based on agriculture with olives, snails and citrus fruit being the main drivers.
The town has a population of just under 3,000 people with a small ex-pat community.
Riogordo remains traditionally Spanish with old men dotted around the village sitting in the sun or shade depending on the time of year. During Easter Week (Semana Santa), the town’s passion plays draw visitors from miles around.

Location

Riogordo is inland from Torre del Mar in the Axarquia region of Malaga.
Malaga airport: 49km, 40 minutes
Malaga train and bus stations: 46km, 45 minutes
Beach: No, the nearest beach is at Torre del Mar: 34km, 35 minutes
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Health

There is a doctor’s surgery and pharmacy in the village.
The nearest hospital is in Torre del Mar.

Shopping

Riogordo has a range of facilities including banks, supermarkets, a good selection of bars, a restaurant, chemist and a wide variety of shops.
For a more comprehensive shopping experience, the commercial centre El Ingenio, and the town centres of Vélez-Málaga and Torre del Mar are around half an hour away.

Public Transport

Riogordo is connected to Malaga city by bus with multiple return journeys per weekday, and reduced weekend services. The journey takes an average of an hour in each direction.

Sports Facilities

Riogordo, Malaga has municipal sports facilities in the form of a sports centre, outdoor swimming pool, padel courts, football pitch and multi-use sports courts.
The surrounding countryside offers great hiking and mountain biking.
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Annual Events

Riogordo in Malaga province celebrates Easter, Christmas and has its own summer feria like all the towns and villages in Andalucia.
The town also has other annual festivals. Among them are Dia del Caracol (Day of the snail) in May, which celebrates the typical dish of Riogordo with dishes of snails, wine, other local dishes and dancing.
La Molienda de Riogordo in February which celebrates the AOVE, extra virgin olive oil which is a key part of the town’s economic and gastronomic culture.

Useful links

Riogordo Town Hall (ayuntamiento)

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