La Vinuela best things to see and do

Oasis of Axarquia !

La Viñuela oasis de la Axarquia
La Viñuela oasis of the Axarquia

Discover La Vinuela and its water reserve, known as the Axarquia oasis

In this article you will find the essential information to visit and see the best of La Vinuela :

  • A few words about La Vinuela
  • The origins of La Vinuela
  • What to see in La Vinuela?
  • What to do in La Vinuela?
    • activities
    • guided tours
  • Where is La Vinuela?
  • Booking accommodation
  • Some useful links
  • Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga

A few words about La Vinuela

La Vinuela is located in Axarquia in the province of Málaga.

La Vinuela is also the name of the water reservoir that supplies the population and the fruit crops in Axarquia.

The origins of La Vinuela

La Vinuela is the “youngest village” in Axarquia – Costa del Sol. It dates “only” from the 15th century. Its name is directly linked to its history. At that time there were many vineyards (and still are today).

ruta de la pasa axarquia
Vineyards in La Vinuela

From this period, an Arab watchtower remains, La Torre de Atalaya :

Torre Atalaya Vinuela 2
Torre Atalaya – La Vinuela –

Later on, a venta (inn) was opened with the name “La Viña”, which later gave the name to the village. This venta still exists and is located next to the church.

What to see in La Vinuela?

In the centre of the village, there is the church of San José, full of flowers, which is worth a visit.

La Viñuela, iglesia de San José
La Viñuela, iglesia de San José

And, not far away, there is a small park with beautiful fruits…

La Viñuela, platanos en el pueblo
La Viñuela, platanos en el pueblo

including some beautiful palm trees.

La Viñuela, datiles en el pueblo
La Viñuela, datiles en el pueblo

The reservoir of La Vinuela

Walking around the embalse de la Vinuela is a real delight. Moreover, you can observe many different landscapes. The photo below was taken from the Torre Atalaya, and in the distance you can see the magnificent Tajo de Gomer.

la Vinuela embalse
Vista sobre el embalse de la Vinuela

There are also some very interesting hamlets and small villages in the Vinuela, three of which are listed below:

Los Castillejos

This hamlet is a real little wonder that seems to be out of time!

La Viñuela, Los Castillejos una pedania 4

It seems that originally “Los Castillejos” was in Al Andalus, a “relay” between the Tahona, the castle of Comares, the castle of Zalia in Alcaucin and the Torre de Atalaya.

La Viñuela, Los Castillejos una pedania 6
La Viñuela, Los Castillejos una pedania

This site has one last peculiarity, we now know that it has been occupied since prehistoric times! It is one of the 3 archaeological sites of La Vinuela.

La Viñuela, Los Castillejos una pedania 5

Los Romanes

The village of Los Romanes may seem recent, but it is very old.

In addition to the olive groves, it has preserved the ancestral culture of the vine. You can see the paseros (a place where grapes are dried on the ground to obtain the fabulous “pasa”, the dried grape.

La Viñuela, Los Romanes con paseros para la pasa
La Viñuela, Los Romanes, les paseros

It is also possible to see an “era”, an old wheat threshing floor.

La Viñuela, Los Romanes, una antigue era (aire de battage du blé)
La Viñuela, Los Romanes, una antigue era

Finally, this village is home to the “Verdiales” museum.

The Verdiales are an authentic folklore of Axarquia and the Málaga mountains, and the oldest in Europe.

From Los Romanes there are many views of the Vinuela water reservoir.

La Viñuela embalse
La Viñuela embalse

For a perfect moment in Los Romanes, don’t hesitate to go for lunch at Venta El Charco (superb braised meat dishes), and to taste a very good craft beer at Paco’s kiosk: La Alegria de la aldea.

Los Gomez

La Viñuela, una vista en Los Gomez
La Viñuela, una vista en Los Gomez

Los Gomez is one of the many hamlets that make up the municipality of La Vinuela. It is the most mountainous part of the municipality.

La Viñuela una casa en Los Gomez
La Viñuela una casa en Los Gomez

What to see next to La Vinuela

Discover the town of Velez-Malaga and its incredible historical and artistic heritage right next door.

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Entrance to the old medina in Velez-Malaga

What to do in La Vinuela

Activities in the area

There are many interesting activities to discover in the area:

via ferrata en Andalousie à Zafarraya
Via Ferrata

  • horse riding, on the beach or in the mountains
  • diving in Nerja and Torrox
  • guided tours (villages of Axarquia, Cordoba, Alhambra,…)
  • via ferrata from Nerja
  • hiking (rio Chillar, El Saltillo with the hanging bridge,…)
  • canyoning (in the rio Verde,…)
  • astrotourism
  • snorkeling
  • Book entrance to Nerja Cave

Use the following link to access all the activities to do. This link provides you with all the details of each activity.

Guided tours

A very good local guide, Cipriano, offers thematic and seasonal guided tours of the villages of Axarquia. These tours leave from Nerja, Torrox and Torre del Mar.

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For example, Cipriano organises the Wine and Sun Route.

ceramica torrox ruta vino sol

This day trip allows you to discover several authentic white wine producing villages, visit a bodega, and participate in a wine tasting!

competa village de l'Andalousie authentique
Competa, on the route of wine and sun

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 Olive oil Route, the Raisin route, Frigiliana and El Acebuchal Tour….

Here are all the guided tours from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.

Where is La Vinuela?

Book accommodation

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Some useful links (car hire, ideas for visits)

Easy and economical bookings

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Experiences to discover in the province of Malaga

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