Canillas de Aceituno best things to see and do
Visit the village of Canillas de Aceituno
In this article you will find the essential information to visit Canillas de Aceituno
- A few words about Canillas de Aceituno and its origins
- Visiting Canillas de Aceituno, what to see?
- What to do in Canillas de Aceituno
- idea for a guided tour
- Where is Canillas de Aceituno?
- Book accommodation
- Some useful links
- Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga
A few words about Canillas de Aceituno and its origins
Canillas de Aceituno is an authentic white village in Axarquia, in the province of Malaga.
The origins of Canillas de Aceituno go back to prehistoric times. However, the name Aceituno comes from the time of Al-Andalus, and therefore from the Arabic language.
At that time, the village was an important centre for the production of silk, often green in colour, which was called azeytuni. This is what will give the name to the village later.
All around the village, there were mulberry fields from which the leaves were taken to feed the silkworms. This silk was very famous in Granada as well as in Malaga.
Below, we discover several drinks from the Al-Andalus period, in Canillas, including the use of a syrup based on aloe vera to strengthen, among other things, the stomach.
For the record, it is said that in Canillas de Aceituno, the inhabitants have a Cordoba accent. In fact, after the reconquest by the Catholic kings, the village was repopulated with people from Cordoba.
Visit Canillas de Aceituno, what to see?
A stroll through this white village in Axarquia is a must. It has remained typical, with several vestiges of the past, and the food is very good!
At times we find ourselves in narrow streets that make us wonder about the structure of the houses, as below:
And, as in other white villages, many houses are painted with whitewash.
And here’s another nice little street with lots of umbrellas…
Hermitage of the Virgen del Carmen
In the village there is a surprisingly small hermitage.
The house of the Moorish Queen – Casa de la Reina Mora –
The house of “Reina Mora” or the “casa de los Diezmos”. This is nothing other than the tax centre during the Al Andalus period. It is therefore, if one can say so, the equivalent today is the Hacienda in Spain…
This centre levied a tax on the volume of mulberry leaves harvested. The peasants came to pay their tax in this house which can still be seen today.
Santa Catalina Church
Walking around the church, we can find some remains of the old mosque.
On one side of the church is one of the prettiest streets in Canillas:
Taste the local gastronomy
If the dishes of the village resemble the typical dishes of the mountains of Málaga, there is one speciality that would be a shame to miss, because it is a delight, it is the chivo al horno (a must try).
Several restaurants offer it, and you won’t regret it, it’s a delicious dish.
And, among the most famous, there is the restaurant La Sociedad.
Hiking: El Saltillo
The village is the starting point for several hikes, including the most famous in the whole of Axarquia: the El Saltillo hike.
It is known locally as the Caminito del Rey de la Axarquia. The landscapes are magnificent, see: El Saltillo de Canillas de Aceituno hike.
The highlight of this hike is of course the passage over a suspension bridge, the 3rd longest hanging bridge in Spain. It connects Canillas de Aceituno to the village of Sedella.
This hike is one of the 10 stages of the Gran Senda Malaga (GR-249) that crosses the Axarquía.
Where does the El Saltillo hike start?
The easiest way is to start the El Saltillo walk in front of the town hall in Canillas de Aceituno.
For those who are going to walk towards the Maroma, just follow the sign:
For those who are hiking up to the Maroma (Pico Tejeda), they will pass by the Rabita. It is a cave surrounded by mystery, already known during the time of Al-Andalus.
Legend has it that three Sufi clerics (a mystical current of Islam) were buried there. Officially, it is a mine that has never been exploited.
Canillas de Aceituno is located at the foot of the Maroma. It is the highest mountain in the whole province of Málaga with an altitude of 2065 metres.
What to do in Canillas de Aceituno?
In the surroundings, it is possible to find very nice activities:
The village is one of the spots of astrotourism in the province of Malaga. Its location, as well as the villages of Alfarnate and Alfarnatejo, make it an ideal place to learn about astrotourism. You can also simply observe our Milky Way with the naked eye, and also have fun in August counting the perseids (shooting stars) before going to sleep…
For the amateurs, here is a link which will please you for an evening of astrotourism in Andalusia. The site is in the vicinity.
- horse riding, on the beach or in the mountains
- diving in Nerja and Torrox
- guided tours (villages of Axarquia, Cordoba, Alhambra,…)
- via ferrata (Caminito del Rey,…)
- hiking (El Saltillo with the hanging bridge,…)
- canyoning (in the rio Verde,…)
- visit of caves
Use the following link to access all the activities to do. during your holidays. This link provides you with all the details of each activity.
Ideas for guided tours in the area
A very good local guide, Cipriano, offers thematic and seasonal guided tours of the villages of Axarquía.
For example, Cipriano organises the Ruta del Aceite y los Montes from Nerja, Torrox and Torre del Mar. This tour is only possible 4 months of the year, from February to May. This olive oil Tour is absolutely unique. A must-see!
The guided tours are always done in small groups (2 to 8 people max.) to discover the authentic Axarquia.
In the following link you will find all the details and prices of the tours he offers.
The themes of the tours are: the white villages of Axarquia, the wine route, the raisin route, ….
Here are all the guided tours from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.
The ferias in Canillas de Aceituno
- Canillas de Aceituno Fair, in honour of Ntra. Sra. de la Cabeza, 2nd week of August
Where is Canillas de Aceituno?
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Some useful links
Here is a great car rental agency in Andalusia and more specifically at Malaga airport : book a rental car.
If you are in Andalucia as part of a tour with several major cities to visit, here are some links that may be of interest:
- Discover must-sees before visiting Cordoba
- Visit Malaga on foot.
- All you need to know about Granada, the Alhambra, the Albaicin neighbourhood before visiting Granada
- If you are passing through the geographical centre of Andalusia, then you can visit Antequera, with the incredible natural site of El Torcal right next door.
Experiences to discover in the province of Malaga
If you’re in the area for a few days, here’s a selection of great things to do:
Find more ideas for visits to authentic Andalucia: see the blog pages on Andalucia.
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