Size: 33.20 Km?
Population: 750
Residents known as: Canilleros
Monuments: Church of Nuestra Se?ora de la Expectaci?n, Hermitage of Santa Ana, Hermitage of San Ant?n.
Geographical situation: In the Tejeda and Almijara mountain ranges, bordering on the province of Granada, 50 kilometres from Malaga and 2.5 from C?mpeta.
Tourist information: Town Hall, Plaza General?simo, 8. 29755.
Phone: 952 553 006 Fax: 952 553 100

The Axarqu?a village of Canillas de Albaida is situated just four kilometres from C?mpeta, on the slopes of the Sierra de Tejeda and Almijara mountains, at a height of 576 metres above sea level. The way to get there from Malaga is along the N-340 road until you come to the crossroads at Algarrobo-Costa. Here you take the C-115 inland towards the village, which lies 21 kilometres from the coast.
On entering Canillas, one of those on the "Costa del Sol white villages" route, you come to an esplanade known as Las Esperillas, with a little shrine dedicated to the Virgin del Rosario. Not far away stands a tiny shrine to San Ant?n, a simple seventeenth century building. This is situated below the village, half a kilometre outside it, on the track that leads to ?rchez.
The whole village is a magnificent maze of streets, twisting and winding at different levels. Calle Estaci?n is the main thoroughfare, with numerous steep narrow alleys running off it on either side. El Callej?n de Araceli is one of those which attracts most attention as it is barely possible to squeeze through between the houses on either side. All the streets lead to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento e Iglesia, the traditional village square. From here it is possible to see the shrine to Santa Ana, which dates from the sixteenth century. Remains of the original stucco lie below the layers of whitewash. Legend tells that under the shrine to Santa Ana, in the highest and oldest part of the village, there is a tunnel which nobody has ever found. This passage, according to tradition, leads to the riverbed and was used by the Moors to fetch water. Opposite the shrine is a flat area known as "El Allan?" where, at barely 20 metres in height, it is possible to see the outline of doors in the rock. Popular lore tells that these doors were once real and later blocked up.
A winding track, Arabic in origin and made of stone, leads to the spot known as Las Cuestas. There is also a stone bridge spanning the Rivers C?jules and Turvilla.
The surroundings of Canillas de Albaida, rich in pine groves, scrubland and cork oaks, are ideal for rambling and other rural tourism activities. One of the best known spots is La F?brica stream, situated where the La Cueva and La Turvilla streams meet. This area has facilities for camping and a path through the woods, which starts right in the village, making access easy.
The Tejeda and Almijara mountain range is now among the areas protected by the Andalusian Government and is also a shooting reserve. It covers an area of 20,500 hectares and includes the municipalities of Alcauc?n, Canillas de Aceituno, Sedella, Salares, Canillas de Albaida, C?mpeta, Frigiliana and Nerja in the province of Malaga and part of the province of Granada.
The main species among the local fauna are mountain birds such as the Egyptian and common vulture. Wild goats also graze here, while, much fewer in number as their existence is in peril, are mountain cats.
In the surrounding area, too, are several caves, such as the Cueva de las Piletas, next to the one called La F?brica de la Luz (the light factory), so called because of the unusual formation of the stalagmites which form bowls and fonts of various sizes. The largest caves, however, and the best known are the Cueva del Agua, which is extremely deep and contains two chambers that are full of water, and the Cueva del Conejo (rabbit cave), near the former, between the River C?jula and the pothole known as Hoyo de Abad.
Historically the origin of Canillas de Albaida goes back to the thirteenth century. Albaida means white in Arabic, so the village is unquestionably Moorish. In the Al-hwaz or V?lez archives Canillas de Albaida figures as a farmstead belonging to this municipality. In 1487 the village followed the decrees published by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella after the reconquest. In 1569 the villagers joined forces with the rest of the men in the Axarqu?a in the rebellion against King Philip II until they were finally defeated in the Battle of Frigiliana Rock. It was then that settlers reached Canillas de Albaida from neighbouring villages and the rest of Andaluc?a and the growing of vines, corn and olive trees started.

Restaurante La Plaza. Specialising in lamb, kid, roast suckling pig and a great variety of fresh fish. Plaza Mayor, s/n. Tel: 952 553 254. Canillas de Albaida.
Caf?-Bar Cerezo. Specialising in rabbit and chicken in garlic. Large variety of tapas and fresh fish. C/Estaci?n, 5. Tel: 952 553 018. Canillas de Albaida.
Bar Antonio. In Carretera de Canillas to C?mpeta. Tel: 952 553 069.
Bar Miguel. In Carretera de Canillas to C?mpeta. Tel: 952 557 807.
Restaurante Almijara. C/Estaci?n, 19.
Bar La Piscina. In Calle Ca?uelo.

There are no hotels in the town, but there is a pensi?n, information on which is available at the Bar Cerezo. Staying in the municipality is not a problem, however, since there are many rural houses to rent in the surrounding areas, owned by people of the town. There is also accommodation available in many of the houses in the town. For information, call 952 553 006.


The Canillas de Albaida fair, in honour of the Virgen del Rosario, is held in August, although there are also festivities around the feast day at the beginning of October. The feast of San Ant?n in January and the D?a de las Salves (Hail Mary Day) in February are also celebrated. The village is also the setting for the "Sierra de Axarqu?a" Flamenco Festival.

During the festivities special cakes are made but the most famous of the local dishes are a fennel broth, ajoblanco, kid and fried pumpkin. All of them should be accompanied by a glass of the local sweet wine, muscatel. For tapas try onion black pudding and the mountain chorizo.

 
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