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La Viñuela travel information and video

Holiday information, facts, photos and video about La Viñuela

Facts

Inhabitants 1900
Level above sea 131 meters
Nearest airport Malaga
Distance to airport 45 km
Distance to beach 19 km
Max. temperature 40 C
Min. temperature 5 C


La Vinuela

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.



Map of La Viñuela

Reviews for La Viñuela

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Based on 22 reviews.

   
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04 December, 2013

City review

There are some tiny shops.

Coast review

Too cold to take a bath in Decembre. More stones than sand at the beach.
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23 October, 2012

City review

In La Vinuela is not so much to do, but we didn't expect or ask for it either. There is a small supermarket, but we preferred to drive to a bigger city.

Coast review

The coast is beautiful, but we don't like to sit on the beach all the time. But there is a lot more to see in this area then we expected!
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06 September, 2012

City review

Beautiful part of Andalusia, not too touristy and some excellent restaurants nearby.

Coast review

Was a good time to visit as not too busy at the beaches and the sea was warm.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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13 July, 2012

City review

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

Coast review

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.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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20 June, 2012

City review

Lake Vinuela is a beautiful part of Spain. Traditional and quiet.

Coast review

Nerja is worth a visit
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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15 May, 2012

City review

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...

Coast review

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.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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05 September, 2011

City review

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.

Coast review

We did not visit the coast on this occasion.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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