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Coat of arms of Macharaviaya
Macharaviaya is located in Province of Málaga
Location in Spain.
Macharaviaya is located in Andalusia
Macharaviaya (Andalusia)
Macharaviaya is located in Spain
Macharaviaya (Spain)
Coordinates: 36°45′N 4°12′W / 36.750°N 4.200°W / 36.750; -4.200
Sovereign state Spain
Autonomous community Andalusia
Province Málaga
ComarcaLa Axarquía
 • MayorAntonio Campos Garín
 • Total7.24 km2 (2.80 sq mi)
185 m (607 ft)
 • Total442
 • Density61/km2 (160/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Macharatungo, Macharatunga
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Website(in Spanish) www.macharaviaya.es

Macharaviaya is a municipality in the province of Málaga in the mountains of the autonomous community of Andalusia in the south of Spain. It is located in the comarca of La Axarquía.

The village was built upon the ruins of an old Moorish settlement. Its name is derived from Arabic: مَشْجَر أَبِي يَحْيى, romanizedmašjar abī yaḥyā, meaning "Abu/Abi Yahya's Farm/Grove". It was the home of the noble Gálvez family, whose descendant Matías de Gálvez y Gallardo had been the viceroy of New Spain. His son Bernardo, who was born in the village, became Governor of Louisiana and captured Baton Rouge, Mobile and Pensacola from the British during the American Revolution. The historical centre of the village has a preservation order on it. Some Spanish and foreign artists, ceramicists, painters and writers live among the villagers.

Every year in August, Macharaviaya hosts a festival honoring the patron saint of the village, Bernard of Clairvaux.

Main sights

  • Church of San Jacinto
  • Templete de los Gálvez
  • Iglesia mudejar, a local church in Benaque, its tower is the minaret of a former mosque
  • Museo de Gálvez

Twin towns



  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.