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La Viñuela

Diputación de Málaga
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    It is said to date back to the Arabic period and what is more surprising is the legend that says that t was built in one night with materials from the surrounding area and the water of the Rio Guaro....


    The town that gives name to the dam is literally only metres from what is, today, the main water supply for the eastern part of the Costa Del Sol. La Viñuela reservoir collects water from the Río...

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    The main town, La Viñuela, known as “the oasis of the Axarquia”, began in the 16th century, as a small country restaurant, which still exists today in the main street of the town,...

La Viñuela is a village in La Axarquia region, which grew during the 18th century around an old inn. The municipality is known for its reservoir, which is the main source of water supply in the region, and is hugely appealing for tourists.

La Viñuela is also home to interesting monuments and archaeological sites, which confirm the existence of human settlement on these lands since ancient times, although it is the most recently built village in La Axarquia. At present, almost one thousand British people live in La Viñuela.




La Viñuela has three archaeological sites: one on Los Asperones Hill, another in the hamlet of Los Castillejos and the third in the hamlet of Herrera. Large pots for storing olive oil, and Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Roman remains have been found there.

The Torre de la Atalaya (Atalaya Tower) built by the Arabs in the 15th century to defend their territory in Zalia against invasions from the coast. It is made with rock from Pizarra and is 9.5 metres tall.

The San Jose Church was built in the 16th century, when the village had not yet come into being. It is a Mudejar-style church with a wooden ceiling. The building was reformed in the 18th century, evidence of which we can see in the bell gable built onto the main facade.

The Virgen de la Angustias (Our Lady of the Agony) Chapel dates back from 1888 and was built by a contractor from Granada who was in charge of road works. He had promised that if the roadworks were finished in time, he would dedicate a chapel to the Virgen de las Angustias.

Verdial Los Ramones Museum opened in 2015. Inside you can find out all about the history of the verdiales tradition, their costumes etc. The Verdiales is a folk-music tradition in the province of Malaga, in which groups sing fangdangos accompanied by lutes, guitars and violins.

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Links of interest

Escudo de Viñuela
Town Hall
C/ Granada, 13, 29712 
Geographic Data
Surface 27 km2
Altitude 150 m
Latitude 36º 51'
Length -4º 08'
Distance to Málaga City 48,5 km
Population 2045
Men 1061
Women 984
Nationality Viñoleros