Canillas de Albaida best things to see and do

A "very" white village

Visit Canillas de Albaida, an authentic white village in Axarquía

Pathway in Canillas de Albaida

In this article you will find the essential information to visit and see the best of Canillas de Albaida

  • A few words about Canillas de Albaida
  • The origins of the village
  • Visiting Canillas de Albaida: what to see?
  • What to do in Canillas de Albaida?
    • activities
    • hiking trails around the village
    • guided tours
    • festivities
  • Where is Canillas de Albaida?
  • Book an accommodation
  • Some useful links
  • Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga

Canillas de Albaida iglesia
Church in Canillas de Albaida

A few words about Canillas de Albaida

Canillas de Albaida is located in Axarquia in the province of Malaga. It is one of the most beautiful and authentic hamlets in the region.

The village is located at the entrance to the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park (40,000 hectares of protected nature, shared between the provinces of Málaga and Granada).

Canillas has an important Arab past, from the period of Al Andalus, as do many of the villages of La Axarquía.


The origins of the village

The village takes its name from the Al Andalus period, from the word alba. This whiteness does not come from the fact that it is a white village but from the small white flowers that surrounded the village at that time.

canillas de albaida estatua

Today the village is known as La Perla de la Axarquía.

What to see in Canillas de Albaida?

The church in the centre of the village, a small wonder!

Canillas de Albaida plaza centro en Axarquia
Square in Canillas de Albaida

Inside the church :

The bell tower of this church is the old minaret of what was once a mosque!


This central square of the village is absolutely beautiful.


The fountain is particularly beautiful:

Walking through the narrow streets of the village.

Canillas de Albaida callejon

Santa Ana hermitage


From this hermitage we can enjoy an exceptional view of the Sierra de Almijara :

canillas de albaiday sierra de Tejeda y Almijara
Landscape on Sierra de Tejeda y Almijara

The Roman bridge at Canillas de Albaida

And right next to it you can see an old Roman road, calzada romana.

What to do in Canillas de Albaida?


In the surroundings it is possible to find very nice activities:

  • horse riding, on the beach or in the mountains
  • diving in Nerja and Torrox
  • guided tours (villages of Axarquia, Cordoba, Alhambra,…)
  • via ferrata de Zafarraya
  • hiking (El Saltillo with the hanging bridge,…)
  • canyoning (in the rio Verde,…)
  • astrotourism in Andalucia
  • snorkeling
  • 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.

Walks around the village

This is an ideal village for hikers. There are several starting from the centre of the village. A very nice hike leads to the village of Archez: the rio Turvilla – ruta de los molinos hike.

Next to the village, 3km away, there is the Fabrica de la Luz hike. This hike allows you to see beautiful landscapes. In the summer, it is possible to find some coolness along the river.

Randonnée en Andalousie Fabrica de la luz à Canillas de Albaida avec piscine naturelle

Guided tours

A very good local guide, Cipriano, offers thematic and seasonal guided tours of Canillas de Albaida and the surrounding area.

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The route of the white Almohad villages (often called Mudejar)

This one-day tour takes in 5 white villages of La Axarquía, including Canillas de Albaida.

The guide starts the tour from Torre del Mar, Torrox, Nerja.

This tour is offered all year round through the most authentic villages of the area. Here is the link for details and booking: The Almohad White Villages Tour.

maison tourelle à Sedella en Axarquia
casa torreon mudéjar

The themes of the tours are: Frigiliana Tour, the wine route, the olive oil route, ….

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.

Here you can find all the guided tours in Axarquia from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.

The fiestas

Below you will find links to the main fiestas and ferias in the village:


  • Feria de Ntra. Sra. del Rosario, from October 7 to 11

Where is Canillas de Albaida on the map?

Book accommodation

Some useful links for your trip to Andalusia

Easy and economical bookings

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:


Seville, the capital of Andalucia, is a city full of treasures to discover and monuments to visit.

Door of Forgiveness – Seville Cathedral

Here you will find everything you can see in Seville in 3 days. And for those who will stay longer you will also find information on secret Seville and the Santa Cruz and Triana districts.


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Visit Cadiz, a city with an incredible past and great beauty, on the Costa del la Luz.


When you reach the Costa del Sol you will find in this link all must-sees in Malaga :

Street art next to the Picasso Museum Malaga


Discover what to see in Granada, and visit the Albaicin and Sacromonte districts:



And of course, visit Cordoba, the caliphate city, and the Juderia district


Experiences to discover in the province of Malaga


Find more ideas for visits to authentic Andalusia: see the blog pages on Andalucia.

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