The charming village of La Vinuela (Little Vineyard) is situated 45 kilometres from Malaga and 19 kilometres from the coastal town of Torre del Mar, in the stunning natural surroundings of the Axarquia region.
The village is on the famous Route of Olive Oil and Mountains, which takes you through the villages and countryside of the Axarquia olive groves and scenic mountain ranges. The landscape consists of low lying hills, covered in olive and cereal plantations, which are served by the local reservoir, when it has enough water. From here you can see right across to the Sierra Tejeda and the Boquete de Zafarraya Mountains, and flowing beneath is the River Guaro.
History La Vinuela is actually a fairly new town in Axarquia terms, dating from the 17th century, although records show that the area has been inhabited since middle Palaeolithic times, after which the region, as many, became a Roman settlement.
Although the cultivation of olives has been the main stay of industry since Roman times, in the 19th century the area also became a great producer of raisins.
Natural surroundings The tiny village of La Vinuela lies amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Andalusia. Close by is the main-made reservoir Lake Vinuela, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the province of Malaga, and which not only serves to feed the land around, but is also a perfect area for a picnic and where you can take light pleasure craft, canoes etc.
It’s a great get-away spot, where the only sounds you hear are the calling of the birds and small animals that inhabit the countryside and olive groves.
Around town The village of La Vinuela has been referred to by some locals as The Oasis of the Axarquia, as the town started off as an Inn on a royal road between Vélez and Granada, and from 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).
Festival Each September La Viñuela holds a two-day festival, the Festival de la Pasa, to celebrate the raisin harvest in the local area.
Cuisine The cuisine in Las Vinuelas is typical of the Axarquia region; specialties include Ajoblanco con Uvas (Garlic Soup with Grapes), Chota a la Cazadora (Kid in Almond Sauce), Cordero Asado al Horno (Roast Marinated Lamb) and sweet Churros, fried dough sticks, a bit like donuts, dipped in hot chocolate, delicious!
Climate La Vinuela enjoys a typically inland Andalusia climate, being extremely hot in the summer and temperate in the winter, although when it rains the streets become awash. The residents enjoy around 2,800 hours of annual sunshine.
We stayed in the small, quiet village of Los Romanes which is set on the hillside with spectacular views and the lake and countryside. It offers some very good restaurants and a friendly neighborhood outdoor bar (Paco's) which serves an awesome microbrew cerveza. Easy access to beaches on Torre Del Mar, Nerja, Benajerafe.
Costa del Sol reviews
A bit overdeveloped but if you like a lively beach scene with lots of bars, restaurants it is fine. If you prefer a quitter setting and don't mind hiking a bit to get to the beach try Maro and the far eastern end of Nerja.
Less than 30 minutes from the coast but a world away from the crowds and the noise, with country hillside views, lake Vinuela and local shops, bars and restaurants, it's 'real' Spain
Costa del Sol reviews
Torre del Mar has plenty of shops & restuarants like any town, but has a lovely beachside promenade with bars and a night market worth visiting on a warm evening. Nerja is further but has pretty cobbled sidestreets along 'Los Balcones' good for food & shopping.
La Vinuela is very small and we drove through one time but casa Julia is not in the center of the town. It is a 5 min drive away from the motorway and you will not have to cross La Vinuela...
Costa del Sol reviews
Torre del Mar has a long and nice beach with lots of bars and restaurants. Breakfast with bocadillos con queso or jamon, fresh orange juice and good coffee and churros for a good price compared to Holland.
Nice town, Nerja is touristic but with a fantastic beach...restaurants not so good...smarter to go more landinwards and eat there...but nice boulevard and nice old centre to walk and wander.
The area was beautiful. The lake was a constant source of beauty - we watched the eagles soaring most days. The sailing boats provided picturesque views. The night view was enchanting with all the villages lit up. The restaurants recommended in the villa brochure lived up to expectations and we had several delightful meals.