Size: 42 Km?
Population: 2,762
Residents known as: Canilleros
Monuments: Town Hall, Church of Nuestra Se?ora del Rosario, Casa de los Diezmos.
Geographical situation: In the Sierra de Tejeda mountain range between Sedella and Vi?uela, 17 kilometres from V?lez M?laga.
Tourist information: Town Hall, Plaza Constituci?n, 1. 29716. Malaga.
Phone: 952 518 002

The easiest way to get to Canillas de Aceituno is via V?lez-M?laga, taking first the C-335 country road and then the MA-125 local one. From the start of the latter the way climbs up to 645 metres above sea level, the height of the village itself.
The village is situated in the foothills of the Sierra Tejeda and this position gives it one of the very best views in the whole of the Axarqu?a, all the way from Boquete de Zafarraya, at the boundary with the province of Granada, to the coast. The municipal district of Canillas de Aceituno is surrounded by mountain peaks - Maroma (2,068 metres - the highest one in the whole of the province of Malaga, Fuerte (1,490 metres) and Rompealbaldas (770 metres).
The village is 18 kilometres from V?lez-M?laga and just 7.8 from the next-door village of Sedella. There are magnificent views of the V?lez and Rubite valleys from the road linking the two villages, with olive, almond and fig trees and vines growing beside it, all defying gravity and forming a unique landscape. The special plots for drying grapes are also found here.
The municipality is quite wooded, the trees being watered by a large number of local rivers, such as the Am?nchares, the Bermuza and the Rubite, with natural springs, such as the Gazuela and the Yedra. The area around Canillas village is replete with natural caves, the main one being the F?jara, four kilometres away, with tunnels as long as half a kilometre in length.
Keep going along the MA-125 and you will soon realise that it divides the village into two parts, the road itself being the only part of the village that is flat. Once in the village, look for Calle del Convento and Calle Sierrecilla. You will get a panoramic view of the area from here and be able to pick out the Moorish legacy clearly in the layout of the streets. The Town Hall is situated in the Plaza de la Constituci?n, the only open space in the village. Another of the interesting streets in the village is Calle Castillo, where remains of the Arabic fortress are to be found. The street known as Calle Cementerio is in fact built over the old Arabic cemetery, from which it gets its name.
The origin of the name of Canillas del Aceituno is Canillas de Azzeitun, which means olive groves. It was not until 1569, a decisive date in the Moorish uprisings of those days, that the village was named as a significant settlement on the Marqu?s de Comares estate. The outstanding event in this period was a raid on the Pedro Mellado country inn, led by Andr?s el Xorair?n, who was born in next-door Sedella. This attack caused the wrath of the local keepers of justice, who captured and tortured eight Moors living under Christian rule, picked arbitrarily, among them the Mayor of Canillas himself. As a punishment Canillas was destroyed and left uninhabited and its castle was razed to the ground by order of Philip II in 1571.

Restaurante La Bodega. C/Placeta.
Restaurante La Sociedad. C/Iglesia.
Bar Angel. C/Agua.
Bar La Covacha. C/Llanillo.
Bar Andaluc?a. Plaza de la Constituci?n.

Canillas has a number of rural houses to rent. For information, call the following numbers:
C/Placeta. Tel: 952 518 102.
C/Agua. Tel: 952 518 062.
C/San Sebasti?n. Tel: 952 518 096.
C/San Le?n. Tel: 952 181 100.
C/Placeta. Tel: 952 518 284.
C/Placeta. Tel: 952 518 210.


The year is full of festivities in Canillas and hardly a month goes by without some celebration or other being held here. Among the most important ones are the carnival in February, El D?a de la Morcilla (black pudding day) on the last Sunday in April, when all the visitors are given this type of sausage, with bread and wine, and the romer?a in honour of St Isidro at the weekend which falls nearest to May 15th.
The Eve of the Feast of St John is celebrated with an open-air dance for the whole village. The feast day of the patron saint, the Virgen de la Cabeza, is celebrated in the second week of August with four days of partying and a procession of the holy image around the village streets. A flamenco night is also organised at this time, with singing, including local forms of fandango and verdiales, and wine flowing. In this context it should be noted that a well-known singer from the world of flamenco, Antonio Jim?nez Gonz?lez, known as Antonio de Canillas, was born in the village.
The calendar of festivities comes to a close for the year on September 7th and 8th. This fiesta coincides with the harvesting of the grapes. In the past the whole village would go out to pick the fruit, tread the grapes and then meet up in the evening for singing and dancing around a fire.

Muscatel grapes play an important part in cooking in the village. As in most of the out-of-the-way villages in Andaluc?a the local dishes are based on what was available, the way they are combined being influenced by the Moorish inheritance of the area. These dishes include gazpacho with moscatel grapes, ajoblanco, fried bread crumbs, fennel stew, the succulent olla and the kid cooked in a wood oven or in almond sauce. The most common craftwork in the area is in the use of rush and wickerwork.

 
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