Cuento y leyenda de Canillas de Albaida
Its name comes from the Arabic and means the white one.
- Name of its inhabitants:
- Famous personalities:
José Marín Ortega, also known as El Miguinas, who lacked any literary training but still managed to write many poems and ballads. He was born in the town in 1.923 and died in 1.956.
Félix Lomas Martín, was born in 1.845 and was a famous judge who created the College of Lawyers and the Scientific-Literary Academy in Vélez-Málaga. He was a member of the provincial assembly and later in Parliament; he achieved important improvements in Vélez-Málaga and in the area.
According to legend, there is in the shrine of Santa Ana, the oldest and highest part of the town, a tunnel which has yet to be discovered and which leads from the shrine or somewhere nearby to the river Turvilla. This gallery was excavated using picks and spades by Christian prisoners to be used by the Moors to obtain water. The tunnel led to a place near the river, opposite the shrine, an estate called el Allaná, where twenty meters up on the rocky outcrop people can see shapes on the rock which remind them of the sign of doors standing out and which according to folklore were blocked up.
Folklore and legend state that in the year of the great earthquake of 1884, on Christmas Eve, the earth shook causing terror and destruction in many towns on both sides of Sierra Tejeda. The inhabitants of Canillas de Albaida, on learning of the way their neighbors were killed, ran terrified to seek protection from the Virgen del Rosario (Virgin of the Rosary) and decided to take it out in procession through the streets of the town. The old people who lived through this told their children and grandchildren that the tremors stopped when the procession went by, taking it to mean that this was due to the Virgin’s protection. In thanksgiving, the people named the Virgin of the Rosary as protector and patron saint of the town. From that day on, on the saint’s day, the Virgin is taken in procession through the town.