Moclinejo is 20 km. from Malaga, between the "Cerros de Córdoba" and
"Piedra Blanca" at 450 meters in the beautiful Axarquia on hills of the
Piedras Blancas and opens to the river valley of the Benagalbon. It is
surrounded by olive, almond and wine. It is one of the typical
Andalusian villages. Tourism is still a foreign word here, although only
10 minutes from the coast, it has retained its Andalusian charm. From
here you can take wonderful mountain tours in the hinterland, whether on
horseback, on foot, by bike or by car. Coming from Rincon de la
Victoria, Moclinejo can be reached via a beautiful road with wonderful
views. It is only 8km to the beach.
The area around Moclinejo is characterized by steep slopes and numerous gorges, like the entire area of the Montes de Málaga. The country is dry, rugged and very steep.
The name probably comes from "Moclin", Arabic for "area square".
Moclinejo is located on the "Raisin Road" ("La Ruta de la Pasa") and sometimes bears the name "Gateway to the Raisin Road. Raisin, wine and grapes are the main products of the area.
Typical local dishes are "gazpachuelo" (soup with mayonnaise) and the garlic soups, known as "sopa de maimones". Local muscatel wines and raisins complete the Moclinejos gastronomic delicacies.
Moclinejo is 451 meters above sea level. The buildings appears a little scattered and therefore the streets are steep and short. The rectangular main square, where the town hall is located, is spacious and has been modernized. Moclinejo’s history went through the same vicissitudes as Malaga and the surrounding villages. In the old city walls, the so-called castle, of which only the name is known, there was a battle cry that resulted in the defeat of the Axarquía when the Catholic Monarchs tried to conquer Malaga.
Cultivation of the raisin grape was declared a World Agricultural Heritage by the Scientific Committee of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in November 2017.
Due to its unique location, close to the cultural city of Malaga and the beach, but still quiet and rural, a small tourist infrastructure has developed in recent years. Today, you can rent exclusive holiday villas and fincas and even go on buggy tours in the surrounding area or treat yourself to local wine in the historic bodega.