Here’s our guide to Órgiva, Spain. You can follow us on Twitter.
Órgiva is a town in Las Alpujarras, 450m above sea level – coordinates: 36°53′59″ N, 3°25′00″ W. Its population – a mix of locals, expats and holidaymakers – is around 6000. There are loads of shops and over 40 bars. The town is relatively compact and has several barrios (areas) including the Barrio Alto. Its main historic buildings are the church, the 16th century Ermita de San Sebastian and the town hall (formally the Castle of the Counts of Sástago).
Órgiva is near the Sierra Nevada, the Costa Tropical and the city of Granada.
Every Thursday at the top of town, morning to around 2pm (it sometimes has a week off around fiestas). Órgiva market post.
Shops and opening hours
There are five supermarkets and plenty of shops (which close after lunch for about three hours). Most places close on Sundays but it’s possible to buy essentials from a handful of places. See shops and supermarkets.
Banks (including La Caixa, Banco Popular and Santander) are located on Calle Doctor Fleming – opposite, and up from, the church. Open from around 8.30am to 2pm.
Medical and emergencies
There is a 24-hour medical centre at the top of town (tel. 958 036 813) – see maps here. The nearest main hospital is in Motril, a 35-minute drive. Emergency numbers: 112 for ambulance. 080 for fire brigade.
There is a private doctor on Calle Angel (Clinica Órgiva tel. 958784249, Dr Rafael Fernandez).
There is an English-speaking doctor (Dr Axel E Thieke) based in Almuñécar, a 45-minute drive. Tel: 958 881 511). Located on Paseo del Atillo, 4). Open 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday.
There are several dentists, some speak English including one off the main square (Plaza Alpujarra), just up from Coviran supermarket.
Bars and restaurants
A huge choice. Favourites include La Almazara, Baraka, El Viejo Molino, Flor de Limonero (at Hotel Taray), Las Quatro Esquinas, Camping Órgiva, Pizza n’ Love and Alma Alpujarra. A tubo of lager or a bottle of Coke is around €1.80 and a glass of house wine €1.80-€2.20. Many places do a menu del dia on weekdays (only) for around €10. On Sundays, several places close so that could be the day to cook for yourself.
Our post about Órgiva’s accessibility.
There’s a chemist on the main square (Plaza Alpujarra). Many types of medication, usually on prescription-only ‘back home’, can be bought cheaply over the counter (eg statins).
Wi-Fi and internet
There’s plenty of free access although don’t assume all bars have Wi-Fi, many don’t. Here’s our Wi-Fi and internet guide.
What’s on and things to do
Flyers and posters around town promote all manner of things like yoga, meditation, art courses, cheese-making and dance lessons to hiring quad-bike hire and horse riding. Live music plays its part, so look out for posters around town. The old town hall sometimes hosts exhibitions.
Of course, there’s walking (we have several routes including Rio Guadalfeo and Ruta Olivos Centenarios), birdwatching and skiing (at certain times of the year) on the Sierra Nevada – plus trips to the coast, around 40 minutes away by car.
In summer, the public swimming pool by the Rio Chico opens from around 12.30pm to 8pm every day. There’s also a sports hall and football pitch. Visit to check details.
Places to visit near Órgiva
The spa water town of Lanjarón is a ten-minute bus ride/drive. Visit the Moorish castle, gardens, honey museum and jamón shops. Buses to Granada stop at Lanjarón. The cute village of Bayacas is walkable.
Books about the area
To many, this area is synonymous with Chris Stewart’s series of books which began with Driving over Lemons and, more recently, Last Days of the Bus Club. But there’s far more from detective novels, Andalucia’s history to food and flora. Check our books section.
Vets and animals
A recommended vet is Dur-Can at the top of town near Café Willendorf. Comercial Cami sell pet stuff. Check our shops post.
Cars – garages, car hire and taxis
There are two BP garages for petrol close to each other. The smaller is in Órgiva (marked on our maps) and open 7am to 10pm every day – the larger one, on the road to Lanjarón, is open 6.30am to 11pm every day.
Taxis from places like Målaga airport are expensive (c. €120 one way) but try contacting an established holiday place in Órgiva and ask if they, or someone they know, could collect you. It shouldn’t cost more than €80 one way to/from Málaga and €60 to/from Granada. Getting to Órgiva.
Police and the Guardia Civil
Órgiva has both local police (tel. 958 78 42 97) and Guardia Civil (tel: 958 78 49 77) located in, and just off, the main square (Plaza Alpujarra). We’ve never been too sure what their respective roles are but it’s the Guardia Civil who could, for example, question you if you’re driving.
Always wear a seatbelt and it’s a good idea to have ID with you at all times. More here.
Cost of things
Just a rough guide: 1 litre of olive oil (€3.50) – Marmite, 200g (€3.90) – 1 litre of fresh, non-UHT milk (€1.30) – cheapest bottle of drinkable wine (€3.50) – 33ml can of beer (€0.45) – 1.5 litre bottle of Lanjarón mineral water (€0.55) – medium-sized chicken from butcher (€6) – Kellogg’s All Bran (€2.60) – 500g sugar (€1.80) – 1kg of flour (€0.95).
The weekly market is where to get vegetables, spices and other stuff.
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