Size: 27.28 Km?
Population: 1,241
Residents known as: Vi?oleros
Monuments: Church of San Jos?, Shrine to the Virgen de las Angustias, Torre de la Atalaya, La Vi?uela Reservoir
Geographical situation: In the Axarqu?a, 14 kilometres from V?lez-M?laga, at 151 metres above sea level.
Tourist information: Town Hall, C/V?lez-M?laga, 23. 29712
Phone: 952 519 002 Fax: 952 519 088

The town of La Vi?uela is situated at the crossroads between two of the most important roads in the province: that of Alhama and Casabermeja. The landscape is low hills, covered mostly in olive and cereal plantations, and conditioned almost always by the presence of the reservoir. From the reservoir one can see right across to the Sierra Tejeda and the Boquete de Zafarraya mountains, and below it flows the river Guaro. As one moves closer to the Axarqu?a mountains, the landscape gets rougher, with hills covered in oak trees, olives and the occasional vineyard.
Apart from the nickname "Vi?oleros", the people of La Vi?uela are also known locally as "Polacos", meaning Poles, due to a dispute between this and a neighbouring town in the past. The town itself, sometimes referred to as "The oasis of the Axarqu?a," dates from the 16th century, growing around an inn on what was then the royal road between V?lez and Granada. The venta, or inn, is still in existence on the main street of the town, and it stood in a small vineyard known as "La Vi?uela". In spite of being one of the newest towns in the Axarqu?a, we know, from archaeological remains found here, that people have lived in this area from middle palaeolithic times, at least, up to the time of the Roman settlement. The principal remains were at the R?o Guaro area, these being adobe and cane cabins with ovens for making bronze, along with olive oil mills and Roman pots for the transportation of olive oil. The Romans left most evidence of the their presence at the Pantano de la Vi?uela area, where the local people still live by agriculture.

Restaurante Axarqu?a. Hotel La Vi?uela. Ctra. V?lez-M?laga- Alhama.Tel: 952 519 193 and 952 519 214 Fax: 952 519 282.
Restaurante del Camping. Ctra. Arco V?lez-Alcal? la Real. Tel: 952 03 01 27.
Tapas bars
Bar Patrivan. Plaza de Andaluc?a, 2. Tel: 952 51 90 55. Bar Gonz?lez. Plaza de Andaluc?a. Tel: 952 51 90 70. Bar Miguel. Los Romanes. Tel: 952 55 44 36. Bar Caenas. Los Romanesa. Tel: 952 55 44 77. Bar Miguel. C/Las Pizarras. Tel: 952 51 90 48.

Hotel La Vi?uela. Ctra. V?lez-M?laga- Alhama, s/n.C.P.29712. La Vi?uela.Tel: 952 519 193 and 952 519 214 Fax: 952 519 282
Camping Presa La Vi?uela (2?c). Ctra. A - 356, P.Km. 2,4.C.P.29712. La Vi?uela.Tel: 952 030 126.
Casa rural La Loma. Tel: 952 51 90 55..


The annual Feria de la Pasa, Raisin Fair, takes place during the month of September. It dates from the 1960s, when it was established both to celebrate and promote the cultivation of the moscatel raisin in the area, and the Malaga wine made with the grape. Another more traditional festival, the Municipal Romer?a, takes place in the middle of May in the reservoir area. It dates from a time when the image of Saint Joseph was carried to the area in procession while the people prayed for rain. The small urban areas around the municipality have their own festivals: the romer?a in La Barriada de los G?mez takes place in the middle of July, while that of Los Romanes is in the middle of August.

The gastronomy of the area is varied, with olive oil being the principal ingredient used. The tomato soup, the gazpacho and vegetable stews are eaten in winter, with lighter dishes cooked in summer, such as fried breadcrumbs with oranges, asparagus omelettes, salads with cod and orange, doughnuts and other pastries.

INTERESTING DATA
The main industry of the area in the 19th century was the production of raisins, although since Roman times the wealth of the area has been based on the cultivation of olives. The oil obtained from this green variety is of a very high standard. In our day rural tourism has become a big local business, and with the reservoir as an added attraction, visitors come here from far and wide to enjoy the rural atmosphere of the La Vi?uela.
 
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