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Cañete la Real

Diputación de Málaga
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    A 17th century (1624) Franciscan convent notable for its plasterwork. Currently used as an Exhibition Hall. This church was built in houses owned by Don Fernando Enriquez de Ribera and Giron, Duke...


    The Iglesia Parroquial de San Sebastián, originally built in the 15th century, had to be rebuilt in the 18th century following an earthquake. Its baroque main faèade, flanked by buttresses and built...

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    Cañete, as Josê Solîs Romero says, "provides a good opportunity to combine history, art and nature in a single visit”. The origin of the name can be traced back to the Arabic Hins Cannit or Qanit,...

Cañete la Real is a municipality in the Guadalteba region of Malaga province, in a majestic location, high in the mountains between Serrania de Ronda and Vega de Antequera. Because of this, it came to be an important crossroads for different civilizations throughout history.

Cañete la Real is a wonderful destination for active tourism. Its surroundings are full of interesting hiking routes or areas like "Las Espeñas", ideal to spend a day in the countryside. It is also possible to spot birds of prey in the Sierra del Padrastro, or even, for the more adventurous, to go caving, climbing or hang gliding.




The first thing that catches the attention when entering Cañete la Real is the Hins Qannit Castle, an 11th century Arab fortress, testament to the struggles between the faithful Omar ibn Hafsun of al-Andalus and the Emirate of Córdoba. The "Los Vigías del Territorio" ("Guardians of the Territory")historical interpretation centre it located in the Torre del Homenaje ("Tribute Tower").

Other medieval remains are the Tower of Ortegícar, which defended a rural farmstead, and the Nazarí bridge, which gave access to it.

The historic-artistic heritage of Cañete la Real is worth learning about. Between the 15th and 18th centuries, homes and important buildings such as the Church of San Sebastian, built in 1526 and restored in 1797, were built.

Also, important examples of religious architecture include the Convent of San Francisco and the Convent of the Holy Sacrament.

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Escudo de Cañete la Real
Town Hall
Plaza de la Paz, 1, 29340 
Area Guadalteba
Geographic Data
Surface 165 km2
Altitude 742 m
Latitude 36º 57'
Length -5º 01'
Distance to Málaga City 85,5 km
City 1633
Men 819
Women 814
Nationality Cañeteros