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The charming rural village La Vinuela (Little Vineyard) is situated 45 kilometres from Malaga and 19 kilometres from the coastal town of Torre del Mar. The village is in the stunning natural surroundings of the Axarquia region.
The rural community is on the famous Route of Olive Oil and Mountains. This takes you through the villages and countryside of the Axarquia olive groves and scenic mountain ranges. Above all the landscape consists of low lying hills. Olive and cereal plantations are plentiful. Consequently from here you can see right across to the Sierra Tejeda and the Boquete de Zafarraya Mountains. Flowing beneath is the River Guaro.
Compared with other Villages in the Axarquia region, La Vinuela is a fairly new rural village. Certainly the village dates back to the 17th century. However the village has also been inhabited since middle Palaeolithic times. Furthermore it later became a Roman settlement.
Although the cultivation of olives has been the main stay of industry since Roman times, in the 19th century. Simarily the area also became a great producer of raisins.
The tiny rural village of La Vinuela lies amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Andalusia. Most importantly, and close, by is the main-made reservoir Lake Vinuela. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the province of Malaga. Above all, it not only serves to feed the land around, but is also a perfect area for a picnic. Furthermore you can take light pleasure craft, canoes etc.
It’s a great get-away spot. Moreover the only sounds you will hear are the calling of the birds and small animals that inhabit the countryside and olive groves.
The charming village La Vinuela has been referred to by some locals as The Oasis of the Axarquia. The township started off as an Inn on a royal road between Vélez and Granada. Subsequentlyfrom there it grew. The inn still exists on the main street of La Vinuela.
There are some interesting monuments around town, including the San Josñe Church, the hermitage of La Virgen de las Angustias and the Torre de la Atalaya (watchtower). Above all it truly is a very charming Village.
Each September La Viñuela holds a two-day festival, the Festival de la Pasa. In short this is to celebrate the raisin harvest in the local area.
The cuisine in La Vinuelas is typical of the Axarquia region. The local specialities are:
One of the our favorite restaurants is Hotel La Vinela & Spa right at the side of the lake. The food and service is second to none and very reasonably priced. The hotel has a large function room and patio with fantastic views of the lake and the wonderful surrounding countryside. Furthermore the hotel can cater for large parties and weddings and is an ideal location for any such function.
Above all La Vinuela enjoys a typically inland Andalusia climate, being extremely hot in the summer and lower temperates in the winter. The residents of the area enjoy around 2,800 hours of annual sunshine.